Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Home Ed under threat

Please sign our urgent petition to keep Home Education free from Government Control.  The Government in the UK (& EU) wants to take away the right for parents to be responsibile for their childrens education.  They have proposed that Home Educators apply for a license to Home Educate - every year! That government officials will be able to come into our home and interview the children without a parent being there.  That a inspection will be done annually and we would be then given permission to Home Educate - it's crazy and we must not let this become law!!

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*Don't let them win like this!* It takes a couple of minutes to sign the

This isn't just about whether no 10 takes notice or not, it's a tool to
raise awareness, get media attention and give confidence to those MPs
prepared to make a stand on this. If we don't take it seriously and make a
little effort, then why would they?

You stand to lose far more than a couple of minutes of your time if the
legislation gets through - the most likely outcome is that it is going to be
agreed in the "wash up", as a quick deal between the parties once the
general election is called. If we don't send a really clear signal not to do
this, we've got no chance! There isn't much time left to influence the MPs,
and this is such a quick and simple way to "say no". The wording of the
petition is just about basic civil liberties, so even friends and family who
don't know anything about HE should feel able to sign.

*If the PM ignores it*, then that's just the action of one person - what
matters more is the action of the rest of us. Others *will* listen, and this
petition is a useful tool in getting our voices heard. There are 645 other
MPs, only about 350 of which are labour. Many MPs will be reluctant to rush
through a Bill that is controversial on the grounds of civil rights and the
role of the state in the family. We're fast gaining ground with the
Conservatives, Lib Dems, and even some of the Labour ones.

The Petition to Parliament has put this firmly on the agenda for MPs, and we
need to follow through with a hugely successful on-line petition. We know
that 20,000 is the point at which petitions are taken seriously - that's
less than the number being home educated! Please sign, including your
children, and help spread the word.

Thanks for taking time to read this!

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