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Roger Schank Said His Dangerous Idea for 2006 was That School Was Bad for Kids, But For a Group of Kent Parents This is Neither a New Nor a Dangerous Idea

(PRWEB) January 6, 2006 -- The group formed in 2005 from three families who, between them, had removed nine children from the state school
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 system. Exercising their right under the section 7 of the 1996 Education
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 Act to educate their children “otherwise”, these parents had learnt through painful experience just how bad school can be for some children.

 “  Our boys have come back to us - their personalities are emerging again instead of being (bad) clones of what they thought they should be (according to peer pressure), they have become so demonstrative with us and each other now they don't have to pre  
Bullying, alleged victimisation by teachers, lack of support for gifted children and failure of schools to recognise special needs were just some of the reasons that they had removed their children from local schools.

Now educated at home, the children have all been through a period of “de-schooling” – removing the negative influences from their schools days – as their parents have worked hard to rebuild shattered self-confidences and self-belief.

The members of the group meet at least once a week and believe strongly in education
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 through socialisation. Every Thursday the children spend an hour with a volunteer historian who brings history to life in a very hands-on way. They also meet weekly for swimming, and fortnightly for bowling and indoor play.

“The change in my boys has been truly remarkable” says Ann Newstead, mother of 3 home-educated boys and founder of the group. “Our boys have come back to us - their personalities are emerging again instead of being (bad) clones of what they thought they should be (according to peer pressure), they have become so demonstrative with us and each other now they don't have to pretend to hate each other in the playground anymore”.

For additional information, please contact Ann Newstead on 01634 826188 or visit http://www.ukhome-educators.co.uk. For the full text of Roger Schank’s “dangerous question” visit http://www.edge.org/q2006/q06_2.html#schank. The historian, Stan Kitchener, will be visiting the group on Thursday 5th January 2006. To attend this event, please contact Ann Newstead as above.


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