Archive for February, 2009

Joseph’s response

February 22, 2009

Joseph wanted his posted too!

Consultation Questions

1. Do you think the current system for safeguarding children who are educated at home is adequate? Please let us know why you think that.

No

Comments: The government shouldn’t be in charge of keeping kids safe at home. It’s the parents’ job, and it’s their decision if they’re homeschooled. It’s not like the government are parents and it’s the parents who should be in charge of how they want to school their kids.

Do you think that home educated children are able to achieve the following five Every Child Matters outcomes? Please let us know why you think that.

2 a) Be healthy

Yes

Commments: Homeschooling children aren’t that different from schooled children in how healthy they can be.

2 b) Stay safe

Yes

Comments: Kids are closer to parents which means parents can keep a closer eye on them.

2 c) Enjoy and achieve

Not Sure

Comments: Enjoy and achieve what? Are you asking us if they can enjoy life and achieve a great life? If so, yes.

2 d) Make a positive contribution.

Yes

Comments: Why couldn’t home schoolers make a positive contribution?

2 e) achieve economic well-being

Yes

Comments: Homeschoolers learn in a different environment but it’s not so different that it means they can’t get jobs in the future.

3. Do you think that Government and local authorities have an obligation to ensure that all children in this country are able to achieve the five outcomes? If you answered yes, how do you think Government should ensure this?.

Yes

Comments: I think it’s the parents’ job and as I said earlier, the government isn’t the parent.

4. Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for supporting home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

Yes

Comments: The government could help get homeschoolers discounts for educational activities.

5. Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for monitoring home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

Yes

Comments: I think the government should leave homeschoolers alone and let parents teach their kids how they want.

6. Some people have expressed concern that home education could be used as a cover for child abuse, forced marriage, domestic servitude or other forms of child neglect. What do you think Government should do to ensure this does not happen?

Answer: If I had an idea of what could help, I would tell you, but I don’t know anything that could help the government prevent all child abuse.

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Nyssa’s consultation response

February 20, 2009

Nyssa would like everyone to know her views. There are still some hours left to fill it in!

Consultation Questions

1

Do you think the current system for safeguarding children who are educated at home is adequate? Please let us know why you think that.

Yes

Do you think that home educated children are able to achieve the following five Every Child Matters outcomes? Please let us know why you think that.

2 a)

Be healthy

Yes

Comments: I think it’s easier for vegetarians and vegans to be healthy when home-educated.

2 b)

Stay safe

Yes

Comments: I feel good and safe in my home.

2 c)

Enjoy and achieve

Yes

Comments: I’m very happy and I’m learning much more easily than I did at school.

2 d)

Make a positive contribution.

Yes

Comments: In fact, I have learned to get along much better with older people and younger people and unique people than I did at school.

2 e)

achieve economic well-being

Yes

Comments: I think happiness and healthy and keeping other peoples’ lives and helping the poor are more important.

3

Do you think that Government and local authorities have an obligation to ensure that all children in this country are able to achieve the five outcomes? If you answered yes, how do you think Government should ensure this?.

No

Comments: I think it’s the parents’ job because they’re the reason we’re alive and so they care more!

4

Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for supporting home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

Yes

Comments: The government should leave home educators alone.

5

Do you think there should be any changes made to the current system for monitoring home educating families? If you answered yes, what should they be? If you answered no, why do you think that?

Yes

Comments: I hate inspections! I don’t think there should be any anymore.

6

Some people have expressed concern that home education could be used as a cover for child abuse, forced marriage, domestic servitude or other forms of child neglect. What do you think Government should do to ensure this does not happen?

Answer: I don’t know how the government could help abused kids by spying on home educators. All kinds of kids can be abused and you can’t spy on everyone!

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(I think it’s funny that the spelling error in the consultation form has mysteriously been corrected..)

I think those were some excellent comments. I didn’t know she had such strong opinions on inspections! We’ve been off our council’s radar for some reason, so we only had the one a few years ago, and it wasn’t in our home. I wonder if she’s putting them in the same category as rental agency inspections–nobody likes those! 🙂

On the topic of having opinions, I’ve started a new blog for the purpose of ranting about mine. If you’re interested, it’s over here…only I bought a domain for it, and it might take a few days to propogate. In the meantime, read it here.

Sick

February 10, 2009

I’ll let Nyssa describe the general mood for today with a poem she wrote:

Sick
by Nyssa

i and you are Sick oh why, oh why,
Oh Why. Look up at the sky Today
Look, it is very grey. all i do is
Sigh, and sigh and sigh, Oh Why
am i Sick. Couldn’t i be bitten by a
Tick? all I do is Lay on my bed
Today. Oh Why are we Sick.

TGIF

February 2, 2009

February, that is. I never could get the hang of January. I really should just schedule myself to be absent for that one month of the year.

So, Scotland being ever a contrary sort of place, has once again waited until well after the holidays to grace us with a considerable snowfall.

My family back home are surely saying, ‘Pfft. You can still see the ground in places.’ Fair enough, but this is serious for us. The South of England has ground to a halt, apparently.

Nyssa, our little polar bear, outside practicing tennis. By herself. It should be noted that she’s only wearing a coat because I insisted.

Two blue garden gnomes? Nay, after several weeks, the Dynorod people finally came back and gutted out the sewage pipes and filled in the hole. This would be why I’m slightly happier to have Nyssa running about in the garden–not so likely now that she’ll infect us all with cholera or something..:P

Robin saying ‘hello’ outside the living room window. Yes, actually I will use any excuse to post gratuitous robin pictures.

We have also had an unusual amount of winter sun, which means occasionally I can get the house to a happy temperature. Mittens enjoys basking weather a great deal.

Truth be told, so do I. There is a direct correlation between how warm I am and how likely I am to get properly dressed. I say properly..no doubt my fashion sense is somewhat lacking in that regard.

Thanks to Kosmic, we did make it out of the house last week. We had a sort of ‘swap shop’ with other homeschool kids. By which I mean kids (mums) packed up loads of stuff they wanted to be rid of and brought it along with no intention of taking more stuff back home with them. It worked out mostly well for us–here Joseph is dutifully trying to convince people of the brilliance of his Doctor Who collection. I admit I was a bit sad that he considers his Dr. Who phase to be utterly over. If only Lego snagged the franchise, it might have had a chance with Joseph.. I’m sorry, but there’s no way that Star Wars is *more* cool.

Nyssa being not so dutiful–can you believe she’s actually swapping?

This was me during the swap. The Scout Hall we were in did not have the heating turned on in that part of the building. It wasn’t just me being wimpy. Ask anyone.

What a fabulous lad, doing the sweeping up.

Nyssa was too busy getting to be with another girl. She’s had quite a social week actually–tonight she comes home after having been at another friend’s house for 3 nights! I would have thought (hoped?) that that would have been too long without me, or at least Joseph, but apparently not.. I guess that’s good. (*sob*)

Oh yes, I’ve started a new knitting blog here. I had another one, but got annoyed with it as it’s a different user and requires that I log out of this account to use it. Yes, I’m very lazy. I’ve also had cause to post to my garden blog, which is linked in the sidebar, if you’re interested.

So, things are looking up. Valentine’s Day is coming up, for which I continue to try and train James, and after that it’s but a short jump into spring!