Well, I've decided - I'm going to do as much as I can to make sure my children do stuff I can recognise as school-type learning (literacy, numeracy) without actually coercing them. I had a look at the local government website Education section recently and it's nothing like as friendly as it used to be; in places it is outright hostile to home ed and I just don't have the courage to keep going as we were.
Luckily this coincides with a newfound willingness on the part of the school-age child to do work which is recognisably work. And a sudden interest in tick-lists and sticker charts.
But I don't want to get into the fight. I am very conscious that if we are inspected and found wanting, I have very little formal education of my own to wave at people - just a (readily accessible to the relevant authorities) history of mental illness and dysfunctional family. The website actually claims that there are studies and research showing that children not in school are at greater risk of abuse, so presumably they are working from the Badman recommendations, which is where that information lurks (unless there ARE such studies? anyone?) and advises people on what signs to look for and how to anonymously report someone for not having their children in school.
I wish I had the kind of background that made me confident I could just speak my piece about my motivations and abilities and my children's well-being and best interests clearly and be actually heard, but I don't. I'm not in a very low position here, but I'm not in as strong a position as a lot of people I know, and I'm conscious of that.
So I'm record-keeping, instead. Which isn't something I wanted to feel obliged to do.
Still, so far I don't think the children are wise to me...
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