Educators fear for standards of home schooling, 13 May 2007, Guardian Unlimited, London & Manchester, England
The government has issued its first consultation into the growing practice of home schooling to find out whether rules need to be tightened over how children are taught out of the education system.
Local authorities fear the safety and well-being of “a small number of children” is being put at risk by the “minimal” regulation of standards in home schooling, the Department for Education and Skills said in a consultation document on whether new laws were needed.
Now the Guardian is Causing Confusion, Dare to Know
…which is a shame, given the excellent article by Dave Hill on home education only a month ago. However this article, 10th May, on the current DfES consultation on elective home education generates far more heat than light. Perhaps the journalist, James Meikle, had a tight deadline since it looks as if he could have done with a bit more research.
Take his first paragraph, for example:
Hm, an ill-informed and confusing sentence, I’d say, the most obvious quibble being over the term “home schooling”. Mr Meikle, the term routinely used by home educators themselves and in the consultation and proposed guidelines, is “home education” – not home schooling. (This can be seen to matter).
In the U.K., too, it seems that reporters have trouble calling a thing what it is.
posted by Valerie