Thursday, October 22, 2009

HEYC Objects to Children's Commissioner

Their press release here.

Apparently she thinks that inspectors must have an automatic right and duty to inspect home educators. So much for listening to the voice of the child, Dr Atkinson! 77 - 78% of HE children say they don't want to see LA inspectors.

The Telegraph questions the entire purpose of her newly acquired role:

"Anything aimed at making the lives of children happier immediately receives widespread public support, and one doubts that the Conservative Party would want to line up the post of Children's Commissioner for a public spending cut. But what does the job achieve? Are children happier because of it? Is not the history of the last 40 or 50 years a tale of increased interference by the state in family life, quite often with a view to destroying it and dissolving the bonds that normally protect children? Could any commissioner ensure that fewer children are abused, or impoverished, or badly educated? Of course not, so let's stop pretending he or she could."

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