A poll about 'fending for themselves', and other news.
"A lot of my children, who are mainly on council estates, don’t actually sit any GCSEs or any examinations of any kind when they’ve been home educated and they just go out into the world of work and fend for themselves."
And, tempting though it is to make one of the poll questions: "How many of your children were sired by Mr Mooney?" I will resist. Instead, given Leo's definition of 'fending for themselves': "Parents didn't care to help the children become independent and couldn't wait to kick them out at 16," which is presumably what he was talking about, if you home educate we'd like to know whether you intend to kick your young adults out of the family home to 'fend for themselves'.
Please elaborate on your answer, if you wish, in the comments either here or on the poll. You might also like to read Mum6Kids' fisking of that interview with Tony Mooney, a short excerpt of which I've added to the quotes on my sidebar.
I'm planning to come back to the CME issue hopefully tomorrow, and indeed the rest of the ECM situation very soon. But for today I just want to mention two items of news:
- I keep meaning to tell you about Organised Pauper's sparklingly satirical item on NewsBiscuit just in case you hadn't already seen it. It was voted top entry, the last time I looked; and
- The consultation about ending child poverty about which I blogged here, closes in six days on the 11th March. That's the one that says if you're on less that 60% of the national average income, your children will FAIL the fifth ECM outcome about
boiling frogsachieving economic wellbeing.
We've got home ed friends visiting today, so I think we might be doing some baking this morning and maybe even some planting - only the indoors sort though, as there's a thick frost.