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Helen E. Lees

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306412

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306412.001.0001

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Why is elective home education important?

Why is elective home education important?

(p.29) Three Why is elective home education important?
Education without schools

Helen E. Lees

Policy Press

The chapter covers the importance of elective home education (EHE) for educational studies; how it forms a cutting edge for research about education; the nature of autonomous EHE, including freedoms and lack of hierarchies and authoritarianisms commonly found in mainstream schooling; the common ground between EHE and schooling; the tyranny of the idea that a school is needed for a successful education to occur; the compatibility of EHE with human rights ; the discussion of contentious issues around its practice; histories of confusion and ignorance about its legal status the significance of the 2009 Graham Badman Review the conflation of EHE with safe-guarding as a difficult problem; government- led championship of EHE; the marginal position of alternative educational modalities; the common ground between EHE and other radical alternatives; a discussion of the relevance of heutagogy versus pedagogy; the acceptance needed of alternatives on their own terms of the educational and EHE as courageous educational practice.

Keywords:   Elective home education, schooling tyranny, relationships, power, human rights, Badman Review, safeguarding, marginality, heutagogy

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