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Tuesday
Nov062007

Escape from the Braunjugend

If anyone wants a way for their children to avoid being incarcerated in school until the age of 18, they should apparently consider home education.

It strikes me that this could be a double-edged sword for the HE community. If disaffected yoof end up in sham-HE arrangements, it could be an open invitation for the government to shut down homeschooling completely.

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I do agree that this could become a very serious problem for HE and were discussing it at a home educators' meeting yesterday.

One suggestion as to what the govt might do...legislate to make it only be possible to HE after 16 if you have already HEd prior to age 16...(similar to the situation with claiming Child Benefit), but I suspect that this will only exacerbate the problem. People who have no intention of making HE work for their children will just de-reg sooner.

Nov 23, 2007 at 7:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterCarlotta
Carlotta

I wonder if you are a bit optimistic about what might be proposed. The bureaucratic imperative is to expand the bureaucracy. That will be best acheived by shutting down HE completely.

HE is small enough for the government to do this with little or no impact on their electoral prospects.
Nov 23, 2007 at 1:51 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

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