Now I am aware that home educators need to have supporters in parliament, but I cannot help thinking that they might be a little more cautious sometimes about whom they get into bed with; metaphorically speaking, of course. I wonder if anybody would care to guess who said the following at the beginning of 2010? Just to remind ourselves, this was when the recommendations of Graham Badman looked as though they were on the point of becoming law and there had been a huge amount of fuss about the whole business of home education. Anyway, this individual claimed at that time that it was;
'tantamount to child abuse not to make sure your children go to school. Without education no child has a chance of competing in the world and being able to make a decent, honest living.'
Notice the neat way that lack of school is equated with lack of education! He then went on to urge parents to remember how vitally important school was if you wanted your child to be educated. He suggested strongly that parents should
'follow their legal duty and send their children to be educated at school.'
Strong words indeed! Do many readers here agree that it is 'tantamount to child abuse not to make sure your children go to school'? A more important question might be, would you rely upon an MP with views such as these to represent your interests to the Department for Education?