Well, if that isn't embarrassing, I don't know what is! First he writes a report which makes recommendations on the evidence of a very small self-selecting sample which in all probability contained a high proportion of statistical outliers, the reasons for which were not investigated.
Then home educators set about checking out his stats and find them to be woefully researched and misrepresented both in the review itself and in the media. For example, freedom of information responses from all the LAs reveal that home educated children are actually less than a third less likely to suffer abuse than children in the rest of the population.
Home educators start preparing their submissions for the Children, Schools and Families' Select Committee Inquiry, (NB: responses due in by Tuesday 22nd September, at noon, in four days from now) to include criticism and correction of Mr Badman's evidence along with explanations of how his conclusions could best be described as the poorly targeted use of a sledgehammer to crack a nut. A universal screen of tens of thousands of well-functioning families that will not reliably unearth abuse will not be a popular move in these days of news that cuts will have to be made in patently useful services such as the NHS and when social work departments are already horrendously under-resourced and over-loaded.
Mr Badman seems to have realised that his figures might need some further examination, and pleads for evidence to support his forgone conclusions. Is that really a good way to make the case for a monumental change in legislation involving massive appropriation of parental rights and intrusion by the state into family lives?
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