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Go to: If you want to know why our public schools are screwed up, here's one reason

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 32 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

Let's correct some misunderstandings:
1) Home Education is perfectly legal in the UK. It is a parent's responsibility to see that their child is educated - "...either by regular attendance at school or otherwise..."
2) You do not have to have anyone's permission
3) If your child has never been registered in school, you don't even have to inform anyone.
4) You do not have to adhere to any standard curriculum

I have educated my kids out of school for more than 20 years. Unlike the US, there is not the preponderance of bible-based wingnuts - I'm a 6.5 on the TGD scale myself. Most of us just want to do a better job than the test-dominated command and control system imposed by the government. My older daughter graduated last year with a First in Pure Maths, having been educated out of school for most of her career to age 16. Our oldest son, on the other hand, now has a full-time job as an office administrator, having eschewed the academic route in favour of a more practical approach. (He has now achieved NVQ Level 3 at age 18). The term "Home education" as we practice it is a misnomer. It really means not confined to school for 30-odd hours per week, with a curriculum dictated by officials who have no knowledge of the children receiving it. My younger kids (aged 7 & 8) are already getting a basic understanding of science and maths - including a good grounding in evolution(!) - whilst spending far longer than their harassed school contemporaries playing imaginary games, socialising with their peer-group, learning a language and a musical instrument, playing organised sport and so on.
We're not loonies - most of us :) - just parents wanting the best for our kids.


Sun, 07 Dec 2008 23:34:00 UTC | #284419

Go to: Jumbo shrimp, creationist astronomy

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 73 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

BMMcArdle: Science for home-schoolers

Hang on! Not all home-schoolers are religious wingnuts you know. Certainly not in the UK, and in my experience not all in the US either. I've home-schooled my various kids for over 20 years now, and I'm a card-carrying 6.5 on the Dawkins scale.


A Merry Newtonmas, and Heathen's Greetings to all my readers.

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 04:48:00 UTC | #96536

Go to: Springer opera court fight fails

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

Chris McL: You Brits really need to get rid of the monarchy and the church...

...and replace them with the arrangements you have in the US? No thank you. I like the monarchy and the church exactly where they are - so that we can keep an eye on them.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 06:29:00 UTC | #90299

Go to: Double-checking Dawkins

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

Did Dawkins just make that up, or is this really the contents of a specific bit of memory on a specific computer?

"When oi were a lad..." An old geek writes:
It seems all but impossible when dealing with a modern laptop with a couple of GIGAbytes of memory to remember that in those days, the total address space was only 64K, and it was possible to maintain a mental map of what was where in memory. I seem to recall that Apple published the code of their ROM, complete with addresses of all the subroutines (IBM did too, for the PC, along with the circuit diagrams). When writing code in assembler to fit in tiny spaces of available RAM, it was advantageous to call ROM routines directly, saving time and space. The Apple ][ even had its disk access code in the same ROM, complete with routines to read a byte at a time from the diskette, move the heads etc...

Ah! Happy Days :)

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 11:32:00 UTC | #88886

Go to: Enemies of Reason

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 35 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

Further to the Elisis Livingstone thing...
I discovered this website :)

I particularly enjoyed the
"New! Instant transmission by GOD"

How convenient! Saves all that messy ftp business.


Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:25:00 UTC | #62040

Go to: Enemies of Reason

WhoIsThisGodPerson's Avatar Jump to comment 31 by WhoIsThisGodPerson

Great stuff! Particularly enjoyed the look on RD's face when the Atlantis person was 'fixing' his DNA.
Question: Was anyone else puzzled by the deliberate blurring of faces in the scenes of kids & adults playing in the park? Is this now a legal requirement? Did the people concerned request that it be done?


Thu, 23 Aug 2007 10:56:00 UTC | #61905