Thursday

The persecution of home-schoolers

This account of the persecution of parents who wished to home-school their children in Germany is horrendous. It is extraordinary that a country can be so illiberal and intolerant. It is suggested that the law dates from the Nazi era … Continue reading

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Friday

Something is going on and you don’t know what it is

There was nice irony in the juxtaposition of two news stories yesterday. In one of them, Ofsted said that almost half children are at schools which do not warrant the term ‘good’ or better. In the article immediately below, it … Continue reading

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Monday

How I came to be arrested in Italy

We were staying in San Gimignano, a pretty Tuscan village with slightly bizarre towers, when I was arrested by the local police. I had left my daughter, Alex, then aged ten I think, in a café while I went round … Continue reading

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Thursday

What is wrong with the government inspecting all home schoolers?

1. If the state starts to inspect all home educators, it will soon start to dictate to them. It will tell them what to teach, when and how. This is an infringement of freedom and free speech. 2. The parent … Continue reading

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Friday

A better way of language teaching

I have had a Damascene conversion about the teaching of languages. Until now I have been a believer in the old-fashioned methods: learning how to conjugate verbs, learning the grammar, learning vocabulary and doing translations. I have considered the modern … Continue reading

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Monday

‘Our Island Story’ and a reading course

An email from Civitas: Dear James Bartholomew We saw a couple of your recent pieces on your blog and the Mail on Sunday about home schools. I thought you might be interested to know about our special offer to home … Continue reading

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Saturday

Freedom and home-education

Apparently there is a candidate in the US presidential election who is particularly well-liked by those who home-school their children. Homeschoolers for Ron Paul is a group of concerned home-educators who believe that parents should be free to make educational … Continue reading

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Friday

Recommended books for learning at home

I don’t intend that this should become a home education website. Unfortunately I don’t have the time or technological skill to set up a new site on the subject. So I may occasionally have some postings about it. What are … Continue reading

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