It was a historic day. Yesterday evening, the record for the number of petitions presented to the House was well and truly smashed. Home educators really do MEAN it.
What's more, Graham Stuart nailed it in his introductory speech, when he said:
"If enacted, the Government's proposals will for the first time in our history tear away from parents and give to the state the responsibility for a child's education."
It is hard to overstress how important this is and thank goodness this key principle for which many statist proponents appear not to care a jot, is finally getting the publicity it deserves.
The state will never be able to tailor an educational programme to fit the child the way a parent can. To deliver the right to determine the nature of a suitable education for every family in the land into the hands of the state is to destroy any opportunity of parental responsibility in this area. The state must recognise the limits of its efficacy and must only intervene, as now, in cases of clear parental failure.
Fulsome thanks are due to Graham Stuart, and all those who support us. Thank you so much.
The presentation of the petition can be viewed here or from 7 hours, 52 mins into this recording.
From the MSM:
Channel 4 News
North East Journal
The West Country
The Southern Daily Echo
North East Chronicle
St Albans' Review
The Christian Institute
So far, it has been confirmed that 321 MPs have been contacted by home educators and have received petitions. MPs have been presenting these to the House and will continue to so into the New Year. So far, home educators have confirmed that 163 petitions have been delivered to the House.