The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children(NSPCC) has been backing a government investigation in England into homeschooling. Here’s the latest news:
The NSPCC is backing a national Government investigation into home-schooling, leaving many devoted parents feeling they’re in the firing line. Hilary Wilce speaks to some of the mothers and organisations involved
Tens of thousands of home-educating parents are in a fury about a government decision to set up an inquiry into home schooling because of fears it could hide child abuse. They say there is no hard evidence, and the investigation smears them all with suspicion. Two thousand parents and organisations have written to the Government in protest at what pressure group Action for Home Education call “vile and unsubstantiated” allegations.
The inquiry is a “clear incitement to hatred of home educators” says Clare Murton, a supporter of Action for Home Education. Many rank and file home educators agree. According to Katie Bell, 45, a mother of two in Croydon, the Government is almost saying that home-educated children are prone to abuse: “It’s an attack on our beliefs. If they said something like that about any other minority they would be lynched.”
This type of assault certainly isn’t limited to the UK, but I agree with home educators that it is an attack on their beliefs. Here are a couple more resources on the situation for others in the midst of it.