Growing a sidebar, joining the dots
I'm also adding excerpts of responses to the review questions, as well as any useful soundbites from online commentary or debate about the issue. Please let me know if you spot anything - or have posted anything yourself - that you think I should include.
When you read all the quotes in conjunction with one another, a picture starts to emerge and I think this background picture is most important, because it gives us the best chance of working out what's really going on. I know some people ascribe DCSF's behaviour towards us to incompetence rather than an organised, preplanned agenda and I agree, it does look disorganised from the perspective of the receiving end.
It's only when you start to scratch the surface, penetrate the camouflage of chaos and connect the dots that the usual strategy emerges: problem-reaction-solution.
The 'problem' (as not-so-mysteriously set out by the NSPCC): Home educated children aren't seen by a school teacher every day, so [tenuous link but fits with the whole 'parents can't be trusted' agenda] are therefore at extra risk of abuse.
The reaction hasn't gone all their way, but is still sufficiently hysterical, despite the fact that there is no statistical evidence to back up the insinuation.
and the solution?