Thursday, November 17, 2005

Scottish Councils Blocking Parents from Home Educating

From The Herald

"The Rev Ewan Aitken, education spokesman for the local authority umbrella organisation Cosla, said it was "entirely appropriate" for councils to act with a degree of caution when sanctioning a parent's right to home educate."Councils have to be sure the education of children in their area is appropriate. "If something goes wrong, it would then be the authority that would take the wrath," he said.

Which induces the standard response here, that if you honestly believe it is your bounden duty to intervene, judge and dictate to parents when their child reaches the age of 5 with the argument that it is better for the child that this happen this way, why do you not consider such action your bounden duty prior to the conception of the child, since that way you could ensure much more easily that children will not suffer in some truly terrible ways? Surely you should be assessing parental educational levels, their degree of personal responsibility and the appropriateness of our homes when they decide to conceive a child. Surely, if we are to take your argument seriously, we should be outraged that you permit some clearly irresponsible parents from conceiving in the first place? Why haven't you forcibly sterilized all heroin addicts, all people with HIV or Heps B and C. What are you doing about smack addicts, cocaine abusers and anyone with an IQ of less than 90? Get on with it, really!

4 comments:

Ron R said...

Exactly.

You would wonder if they think it's as though the time requirement to look after children prior to this age outweighs the risk of leaving them in the hands of the parents.

Carlotta said...

Lol...But how can that possibly be a consideration in a country (the UK), where "Every Child Matters!"...

Leo said...

I'm sure the future will be like that and parents will be evaluated before they concieve. Don't encourage them to do it too soon, though.

Carlotta said...

re the Orwellian future...Oh no...
Let it not be so!

As a rule, and barring solar flares, asteroids, nuclear incidents, supervolcanoes, etc, I tend to think the future looks bright, what with the dissemination of information, of which blogging is a part. But it could all so easily go wrong...eg: re website control in China, for example, so the fight must go on.