Tag: Home education

  • Select a quote, win friends, influence people

    The Freedom In Education Under Threat blog is one of the reality distorting points of view that seem to predominate the home education blogging world. The Home Education and Religion post is a typical non-story that is inflated to bizarre proportions.

    Selectively quoting is a dangerous game. Peter Traves was responding to a comment about failing schools. The full quote is:

    May I respond to that? I don’t see how the issue of failing schools negates the issue about our responsibility to children who are not educated in schools. We have a responsibility to improve all schools, and that is absolutely right and proper. On the issue of withdrawal, parents withdraw their children from school for a whole range of reasons. I did six years of home visits, and there were parents who withdrew their children because we had failed them-that is absolutely true. There were parents who had withdrawn their children for ideological reasons because they had a profound belief in a different form of education, which I respected. There were also parents who withdrew their children for particular religious views because they wanted those views inculcated in that child. It is not just about the rights of parents, but about the rights of children. It is not necessarily about the state’s responsibility to children, but about the community’s responsibility to them.

    So what is the complaint? Are we being asked to support the Indoctrination of children? Who knows? The original complaint is conflated with some perceived descent into a fascist state.

    Really? The evidence seems to be a little slim.

    Shall we just ignore “The council said the children would not have been moved solely on the basis of weight.” Perhaps they were the only fat family in town and so singled out. Perhaps not.

    Nowhere in the linked article or in the report is there mention of “Your 5 year old being taught how to masturbate”

    But why let mere facts get in the way of good rant story.

  • Famous people who were smart enough not to be home educated

    Home educators love to cut and paste. A popular choice for practising their cut and paste skills are lists of famous people who were home educated. Look – here comes one now….

    The reality was… if you were born before schools were widely available (I note those born in the 1700s or earlier), female, black, poor, wealthy, a child performer, from an age when young children worked, lived in the middle of nowhere, or had poor health….. the chances are you would have had little or no school based education. This is not a positive / choice / elective thing. This is just the way it was. So let’s look at this list….

    Abraham Lincoln – Impoverished family. Some schooling. At 9 his mother died. Mostly self taught.

    Noel Coward – Chapel Royal Choir School
, Clapham

    Michael Faraday – 
“my education was of the most ordinary description, consisting of little more than the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic at a common day-school. My hours out of school were passed at home and in the streets”

    LeAnn Rimes – Child performer

    Phillis Wheatley – Slave born c. 1753 Tutored by her ‘owners’

    Benjamin Frankilin (B. 1706)
 – attended Boston Latin School for a couple of years but unable to continue due to a lack of money

    Claude Monet – Le Havre secondary school of the arts

    John Paul Jones (B. 1747)
 – Apprenticed at 13

    George Washington (B. 1732)

    John Philip Sousa – 
educated in harmony and musical composition from age six. Apprenticed at 13

    Margaret Atwood – 
attended Leaside High School, Toronto and graduated in 1957

    Henry Clay (B. 1777)
 – Assorted education/working childhood

    Ansel Adams – Withdrawn from school in 1915 briefly tutored at home, returning to private school.

    John Burrows (? Who he?)

    Whoopi Goldberg
 – St Columba Catholic School
, 331 W 25th St, New York.

    Wright Brothers – Went to school. Wilbur briefly educated at home due to injury sustained at school.

    William Samuel Johnson (B. 1727)
 – graduated from Yale College aged 17

    Beatrix Potter
 – Wealthy family. Educated by governesses at home.

    Irving Berlin – Left school at 8 to work to support family after death of father.

    Sandra Day O’Connor – 
For most of her early schooling, O’Connor lived in El Paso with her maternal grandmother, and attended public schools and the Radford School for Girls, a private school.

    Andrew Carnegie – 
educated at a Lancastrian school, emigrated to US and started work at 13.

    Charlie Chaplin – Archbishop Temples Boys School.

    Blaise Pascal (B. 1623)
 – Educated by father himself university educated mathematics/scientist.

    Hanson (Blush)

    Walt Whitman – 
Left school at 11 to work to support impoverished family.

    Mark Twain (B. Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
 – Father died when he was 11 – started work as apprentice printer.

    Andrew Wyeth
home-tutored because of his frail health

    Martha Washington (B. 1731) – 
Raised on parents 500 acre plantation

    Soichiro Honda – Futamata Senior Elementary School.

    Alexander Graham Bell – 
Royal High School, Edinburgh – left at 15

    John Witherspoon (B. 1723) – 
attended the Haddington Grammar School, and obtained a Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh in 1739.

    Robert Frost – graduated from Lawrence High School

    Pierre Du Pont – 
(Which one is not specified) Wealthy family – typical education followed….
Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School

    William Blake (B. 1757)
 – Apprenticed at 14

    John Burrows (? Again. Who he?)

    Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (B. 1689) – 
College of Juilly

    Andrew Jackson
    (B. 1767)
 – Educated at local school during American War of Independence. Joined army at 13. Prisoner of war and orphaned at 14.

    Pierre Curie – 
educated at the Sorbonne where he became an assistant in 1878. In 1882 he was made laboratory chief at the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry where he remained until he was appointed professor of physics at the Sorbonne in 1904.

    Louis Armstrong – Impoverished childhood attended Fisk School for Boys

    Charles Dickens – William Giles’s School, in Chatham. Started working age 12 – rest of family in debtors prison.

    Felix Mendelssohn – 
Private school / university but travelled a lot.

    John Wesley (B. 1703)
 – Early education with parents then Charterhouse School in London

    Thomas Paine (B.1737) – 
Thetford Grammar School. Apprenticed at 13.

    Peter Kindersley – King Edward VI School, Norwich and the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts

    Catharine Beecher – 
Initially taught at home went to school for limited education available to girls.

    Hudson Taylor – educated at home and at a private day school, and as apprentice to his father. At fifteen he worked in a bank to learn accountancy

    Charles Peale (B. 1741)

    Florence Nightingale – Wealthy family. Father – educationist financed schools on his estate, oversaw the education of his daughters.

    Joseph Pulitzer – 
private tutors/school

    Theodore Roosevelt – “Owing to my asthma I was not able to go to school”

    Franklin D. Roosevelt – (different family although concatenated on list)
Groton School

    Charlotte Mason – Mostly educated at home

    William Carey (B. 1761) – 
Father local schoolmaster. Apprenticed at 14.

    Leonardo da Vinci (B. 1452) – 
Little known of early childhood. Apprenticed at 14.

    John Stuart Mill – (This is not a good example!)
 Grew up “in the absence of love and the presence of fear… the boy worked alone with his father from 5 to 9 a.m., then assisted James (father) until noon with the lessons of two younger sisters. There is not a moment’s relaxation¦ no fault however trivial escapes [James’s] notice; none goes without reprehension or punishment. On one occasion all three children were kept at their books until 6 p.m. without a midday meal: the fault today is a mistake in one word”

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (B. 1756)
 -Travelled widely from age of 6

    Albert Schweitzer – At Mülhausen high school awarded his “Abitur” (the certificate at the end of secondary education).

    Hans Christian Andersen – 
father died when he was 11 worked to support himself. Sponsor paid for him to go to a grammar school in Slagelse,

    Ernest Shackleton – schooled by a governess until the age of 11, when he began at Fir Lodge Preparatory School in West Hill, Dulwich. At 13 he entered Dulwich College, a leading public school for boys

    Joan of Arc (B. 1412)

    There is a long history of actual educators who have developed the ideas of education otherwise than by schooling but that thread is broken and lost by the dumbing down of the home educators.

  • Curiouser and curiouser!

    My recent post is a chart topper with Google.com but seems to have been banished from Google.co.uk listings. A chap could start to develop a persecution complex 🙁

    Where Am I?
    Where Am I?

  • The curious case of the missing "Badman" page


    What do you get when you subtract….

    This Google.co.uk search


    an identical Google.com search?

    The Dark Lord Badman’s Guide to Home Education – Arranging An Inspection


    Missing page
    Missing page

    Update 28th July 2009:
    This piece had a lot of visitors yesterday (but not a single comment ;-)) most of whom were from the UK. A couple of visitors from [W:Google] itself passed through – probably in response to this link.

    Of course Google searches are dynamic things and this page itself is now appearing in the .com listing. So for the record here is a picture of the original listings.

    Google search listings
    Google search listings

    Update 2nd August: Curiouser and curiouser.

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