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 Post subject: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:36 am 
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The Green Party is fielding a candidate for my constituency for the forthcoming general election and I am considering voting for them. Does anybody know if the Green Party supports the right to HE with minimal government interference or do they hold the stance that children should attend school? I'm proposing to meet the candidate to grill them on HE but I'm concerned about what national policy is.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:47 pm 
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Inconsistent, to sum it up in one word.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:58 am 
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admin wrote:
Inconsistent, to sum it up in one word.


Could you elaborate on this?

The Green Party has just won a council by election in Suffolk on nearly two third of the vote.

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/26-03 ... ffolk.html


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#4  PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:34 pm 
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I'm writing an article on the HE policies of various political parties that will be published on the website in the near future.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#5  PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:35 pm 
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Many thanks for the article about the political party policies on HE. I now understand why you described the Green Party as being inconsistent. I shall definitely be having a friendly chat with the candidate for my constituency to find out what their stance is on HE and will show them what you have written in the article in case they are not too clued up with their party's national policy.

http://www.aspergersupport.org.uk/news/a22.html


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#6  PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:46 am 
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The Green Party has now published its manifesto for the 2010 general election

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/fil ... b_file.pdf

The only reference to home education is:

Where parents choose to educate their children at home this would be supported by Local Authorities, which would work to ensure that all young people have a broad and diverse education of a high quality.

In other words, this means that LAs will interfere with the day to day lives of HE families and dictate what children must learn and study. How broad and diverse is defined in this context is a mystery.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#7  PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:51 pm 
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A friendly chat with the Green Party candidate didn't reveal any new information. All that happened was the candidate reiterated the official party line mentioning the involvement of LAs in HE. Further questioning made the candidate admit that they knew very little about practical HE as they had never been involved with it and neither did they personally know any HE families. I then asked the candidate to clarify broad and diverse. The answer was very vague, and IMO a bit diplomatic, although the candidate might not have known the answer themselves.

I have reservations about voting for the Green Party now. I like many of their policies but I get the feeling that they don't understand HE or why some families wish to educate their children outside of the school system. UKIP have a rock solid HE policy and a candidate for my constituency but I'm unimpressed by swathes of their other domestic policies although I'm Eurosceptic.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#8  PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:10 pm 
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AS Home Ed wrote:
I like many of their policies but I get the feeling that they don't understand HE or why some families wish to educate their children outside of the school system.


Something I have been thinking about is what if hundreds of HE parents joined the Green Party and broadly agreed with the other policies? Would it result in changing the party policy on HE to something more positive and promising?


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#9  PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 11:30 am 
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Something I have been thinking about is what if hundreds of HE parents joined the Green Party and broadly agreed with the other policies? Would it result in changing the party policy on HE to something more positive and promising?


That is an interesting idea and it will certainly answer the question whether the current Green Party policy on HE is a result of a lack of understanding and involvement in HE, or whether the Green Party is concealing a hostile attitude towards HE families.


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 Post subject: Re: Green Party policy on home education
Post Number:#10  PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:55 am 
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I doubt that many Green Party members from the environmental and alternative lifestyle factions are hostile towards HE - and many will probably be more than happy to promote HE over mainstream schools. What is cause for concern is the number of former members of traditional and conventional socialist parties, reds, and Old Labour types which have joined the Green Party in the last 10 years - often out of bitterness and anger at their former party's inability to make any progress and attract support. These factions of the Green Party are filled with people who believe in big authoritarian government and a massive public sector. They don't trust individuals and families to sort out issues on their own and believe that the government owns its people. Therefore they are likely to be hostile towards home and independent education initiatives.


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