From the TES:
"Social workers are calling on local authorities to increase the monitoring of home-educated children as a government review into the safety and welfare of the controversial practice gets underway."
OK, school advocates, clear your minds just for the moment.
Which out of the following two options would you say should be deemed controversial, A or B?
1A. You train someone to live in a democracy by making them live in an autocracy.
1B. You help someone understand the merits of living in a democracy by taking their views on board, by engaging in discussion, by allowing for the evolution of ideas.
2A. You tell someone that bullying is not acceptable but nonetheless bully them on a regular basis.
2B. You offer someone the theory that bullying is a suboptimal way to preceed, you set an example by not bullying, and you explain why bullying is inefficient...because it inhibits creativit and rationality.
3A. You preach the benefits of co-operation whilst encouraging everyone to compete.
3B. You explain the benefits of co-operation whilst demonstrating it yourself.
4A. You preach the benefits of self-motivation and initiative whilst telling people precisely what to do.
4B. You make the space to allow for self-motivation and initiative to flourish.
5A. You preach the benefits of free speech and thought, whilst telling people pretty precisely what to think.
5B. You create the space which permits of free speech and thought.
6A. You like the idea that people be able to pursue their interests whilst telling them to stop pursuing them and go on to another subject.
6B. You make a space so that people can pursue their interests.
7A. You acknowledge that a person may learn in vastly different ways, and yet you set a very strict body of work that they should learn.
7B. You acknowledge that a person may learn in vastly different ways and you cater for this.
8A. You think it a good idea that people learn to relate to others of all ages and yet you segregate them by age.
8B. You let people mingle as they will and let them make their own way in this regard.
9A. You encourage the idea of equality of people whilst grading and marking and differentiating between them.
9B. You acknowledge that people are different and have different interests and you create a world where each to his own.
10A. Sometimes you acknowledge that failure is an important part of learning, and yet you penalise it when it happens.
10B. You create a space where failure is deemed an important part of learning.
OK, so these are just a few of the issues, but on the basis of just these few examples, which out of the above would you say SHOULD be controversial?