Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Freedom - a view from the North

For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
From The Declaration of Arbroath 1320.

Quite a controversial quote here, especially as the majority of wonderful people who read my blog are in fact English. I mean no offence here friends. It is just that I have been reading so much about the appalling plans by the UK government to take away the freedom of English parents to home educate their children, that I find this quite apt in the circumstances. It is a frightening prospect. Everyday I find more and more to worry about. Information can be found here and here, and here.
Fortunately for me, I live in Scotland, where these measures will not apply - our SNP government have said they have no plans to implement a similar review. Hopefully Mr BrownBalls will take some notice of the huge response to their 'proposals' If, as is supsected, they do not, I look forward to welcoming any home educators and their children to this land - there is plenty room to grow here. Its a sad day for democracy though when people are forced to become refugees in their own country over doing the best for their children.
I was in the National Museum of Scotland the other day. The entrance to the ground floor exhibition contains one of my favourite items - The Monymusk Reliquary. On the walls are inscribed the names of all the Kings of Scotland, and also the above quote from the Declaration of Arbroath is highlighted in beautiful calligraphy. As I read these familiar words, my eye travelled down to the long bench below. Sitting there looking very tired and subdued was a group of children from a daycare nursery wearing their high visiility vest uniforms and all strapped together with one of these. Ironic? Poignant? Or a warning?
Well - there are still 5320 of us at least!


sunnymama said...

So good to have your support from Scotland and the support of others around the world. :)

The link to the 'safety-strap' things...oh my goodness...

Deb said...

OMG I've never seen those strap things before - they're horrific! Reminds me of prisoners all chained together by the angles or something. Those poor kids. What on earth are they learning about life, and people, when they have to be strapped together like that just to go out of the classroom! Whatever happened to "form a crocodile!" lol

Thanks for your support re the review. You'd think that any Government would realise that when any of their actions make their citizens want to leave the country, they've gone very badly wrong somewhere!

Linda said...

Hi Jacqui - nice to meet a Scottish unschooler. The only ones I've met so far have been Canadian! Do you know Miranda's unschooling blog at We met Miranda and her family when we attended a music event in their village a couple of years ago.

I have all John Holt's books, btw. Unfortunately I discovered home/unschooling too late - my children were well settled and very happy at school, but in another life...