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Carle

Please can I foward this article to My HS group

please check the link below for my group info [if necessary]
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EnvironmentalHomeschooling/?yguid=317855850

You can let me know on Dehningc@gmail.com
Thanks
Carle

donna

Yes - please do. I am always pleased when people find our work helpful. All I ask is that you credit it to us and also include our details!

Carle

Of course, you do wonderful work! I will post your link.
I will continue to post articles that are relevant to my group and thank you for your constant focus on Education through understanding.
Blessings
Carle

Fatima D'Oyen

Hi,
Regarding this statement from the posting above: "I haven't been following it but I believe the UK government has also been taking steps to limit the educational freedom of homeschoolers."

This isn't actually true. After a lengthy consultation with homeschoolers and others earlier this year, the government has decided to continue to fully support the right of parents to home educate their children, as it is called here. One of the main homeschooling organisations in the UK is Education Otherwise; their home page has a link to a pdf form of the most recent guidelines for local authorities about home education. See:

http://www.education-otherwise.org/index.htm

Besides Steiner/Waldorf supporters, a large number of child development experts have been voicing their objections to the new regulations and have started an online petition, open for British citizens or people living in the UK to sign. The website is:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/OpenEYE

An article describing academics' objections to the new legistation can be found here, on The Times site:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article2971600.ece

Best wishes,
Fatima

Paul

Hi Fatima,

Thanks so much for your clarification/correction. And thanks for the useful links.

-- Paul

Sumiyeh

Before clicking it,I knew that your link for "this man" was going to lead to Ron Paul!!!
Go Ron!!! and thanks to you, Paul!
Sumiyeh

1984

Hello Donna and Paul

Some of us are very concerned about this Early Years Foundation Stage here in the UK. It effectively means that all pre-schoolers will receive an academic program from their childcare providers, without parents (or the childcare provider) having a choice to follow a different philosophy.

With reference to the home education guidelines, the UK government were going to curb home education and set up annual testing etc and the possibility of having to use the National Curriculum. It was only due to the concerted efforts of a mass of home educators who responded to the consultation that this was avoided. Germany lost their right to home educate a couple of years ago!

Please, do pass on news about the save the steiner schools campaign to other homeschoolers and also to parents and teachers in Waldorf schools in the States. Lobbying from outside the boundaries of the UK (e.g. to the British Embassy etc) can help raise awareness of this totalitarian... erm Early Years Foundation Stage. It's not just about the Steiner curriculum. Legislation like this can filter down into everyone's lives. It is already a struggle to home educate in a society where school is seen as the norm. If early academics with tests for just turned 5-year olds becomes not just a guideline but a compulsion then I hope my own child doesn't have children because it gets into Orwellian territory. The consultation that the Government issued was very misleading in its wording and didn't truly convey the outcome that there will be little in the way of respect for diverse child development and care programs. Nor did it highlight that parental choice will be ignored altogether.

It is worth reading the goals and outcomes for the EYFS - some of them are reasonable and are to do with basic care and wellbeing. However, when it gets into educational territory then it becomes academic. How appropriate is it for a just turned 5-year old to know basic punctuation? They seem to have missed play for play's sake or "Child is happy" as a piece of data.

Here's a link that will take you to the EYFS (which is statutory under the Childcare Act 2006):

http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/resources/downloads/statutory-framework.pdf

Kind regards and seasonal greetings
Liz

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