Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ed Balls on his Government's Record

...is claiming at the Labour Party Conference that:

"...we have also legislated so that for the first time in our country’s history, education will be a right for every young person until the age of 18."

Ah, now that's interesting. How did they slip that one by us, I wonder? Or could it be that Ed is making this up?

We hope so, since when last consulted on the matter of a child's positive right to an education, the DCSF lawyers vetoed the idea, for what appears to be thoroughly sound reasons.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ach, well, he doesn't have to tell the truth all the time, y'know.

Danae
http://www.threedegreesoffreedom.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Seems to me like it'll be more along the lines of 'mandatory' attendance at school, rather than a 'right'!! They have the right to continue with education their whole lives if they want to!

I was thinking that this was very contradictory to people suggesting the lowering of the voting age to 16--can't pass that if we are going to 'force' 'adults' into schools!

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this? A mother who is teaching her disabled daughter at home, has been told she must go to a 'case conference', as social workers want to stop her, under a law aimed at child abusers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5257657/Mother-stopped-from-homeschooling-handicapped-daughter-due-to-child-neglect-law.html

Anonymous said...

Yes, Anonymous. That was back in May. Another example of the non-ability of 'experts' to make sensible decisions. I wonder how the family is getting on?

Anonymous said...

Bless what a lovely man he's extending the right to have an education enforced on our children.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948:

"Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. …" (Article 26)

Anonymous said...

Bless what a lovely man he's extending the right to have an education enforced on our children.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948:

"Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. …" (Article 26)

Anonymous said...

Education is not a right!