research (PDF) by the charity, Personalised
Education Now, failed to find any evidence of radicalisation
in the home education community.
The research, conducted over a protracted period,
included sending FOI's to the UK Government and Local Government,
interrogating Interpol's database and searching new agency reports
and the internet generally.
Not one method found any evidence supporting the claim
that radicalisation had occurred within the home education community,
thus exposing the repeated slur that home education was a risk to
"The respect of parent's freedom to educate their
children according to their vision of what education should be has
been part of international human rights standards since their very
Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
8th April 1999)
Parents are responsible for the education of their
offspring regardless of whether they are in school or out of it.
In law the right to an education is an obligatory right, it may neither
be denied to, nor refused by, a child.
Thus since children may not refuse education and there
is no academic consensus on what constitutes an effective education,
we believe that the state must be flexible in defining what a 'suitable'
Even though the law expresses the right to home educate
as a parental right, it is my belief that, in the same way that young
people have the right to decide upon medical procedures, a specific
education should not be imposed upon them. This is not only right
in principle but in practice, since intrinsically motivated learning
will most readily "achieve that which it sets out to achieve".
Learning cannot happen against a person's wishes.
An FAQ written as a quick guide
to home education for the media and as an introduction for
other professionals who encounter home educated children and want
to know more.
EHP publishes books and kindles on many topics related
to home education and learning systems that are alternative or complimentary
to state schooling. Including books on how and why home educators
A great introduction to alternative
EHP books are available as Kindles, at low prices and you don't
need a kindle to read them, there are app's for all brands of smart
phone and tablet. Build your own library of 'read anywhere
Many parents remain unaware that home education
is legal, or if they are aware, where to find support.
This poster could be put up anywhere parents and children
You could ask to put this up
on your Library for example. Download the poster today, print
it, post it somewhere and help a child learn freely