EO's bombshell: the reaction
sick, depressed, angry, and, for reasons I'm not quite sure of, betrayed. Education Otherwise: Don't dare to attempt to speak for me or on my behalf. All I require from the LA, the Government, and now sadly the biggest home education organisation in the UK is to be LEFT ALONE.
Alison at Home Education Forums speaks of 'The final betrayal':
Key proposals contained within the document, regardless of who wrote it, have already caused major ripples throughout the home education community as incredulity has given way to anger. Riddled with typographical and grammatical errors, it makes recommendations which have been described as everything from "naive" and "dubious" by some through to "stitch up" and "sell out" by most. It has nevertheless been sent to Graham Badman, who is conducting the home education review, in the name of Education Otherwise when it apparently represents the personal opinions of no more than a handful of self appointed individuals who decide EO policy on the hoof without any formal accountability. Misleading, or what?
And I have Mike Fortune-Wood's permission to quote the following e-list post of his:
This prospectus is so very bad, its implications are so very awful and the outcome that the authors have destined for us is so completely at odds with peoples aspirations that there is no going back from here.
EO have sold out the home education community so completely that its continued existence must now be in question.
People here will not forgive this, it's the ultimate sin of betrayal.
This prospectus accepts as valid the ECM agenda. By doing so it invites or accepts the authorities as parenting partners rather than parents of last resort, the one thing we have been fighting to avoid for perhaps the last 10 years or more, possibly the chief underlying reason why most of us home educate in the first place and by doing so it incorporates us into the government system.
Our wildness is tamed.
There is nothing EO can do to repair the damage on this, it's a terms of surrender and is completely disgraceful.
The trustees should all resign in disgrace. EO truly has no way forward from this other than to wind up.
I simply cannot express how I feel about this whole mess.
My own detailed reaction will come after I've fisked the 'Prospectus' [opens pdf], starting tomorrow.