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Learning Without Limits

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- an international conference to celebrate freedom in education

Scotland's national home education support organisation Schoolhouse has
announced it is to host a major conference in Arbroath, Angus, on Friday 12
September to mark International Freedom in Education Day 2008.

The one day conference, Learning Without Limits: a celebration of choice,
diversity and freedom in education
, will focus on the broad theme of
freeing education from the confines of traditional schooling and will form
part of a weekend programme of informal networking, arts and heritage
activities for families and interested individuals from across the UK and
Europe.

Announcing the event, Schoolhouse Convener Alison Preuss said:

"International Freedom in Education Day originated in France, its aim being to promote the the importance of free choice in education and to spread information about alternative ways of learning.

"We are delighted to be bringing our international celebration of freedom in
education to the home of the Declaration of Arbroath which famously
asserted the sovereignty of the Scottish people and is also said to have
influenced the drafting of the US Constitution.

"We have teamed up with local charity, Angus Arts, local history expert Jim
McGugan and the Arbroath Abbey Pageant Society for what promises to be an
exciting weekend. We also want to promote and pledge our formal support, as
a locally founded organsation, to the town's campaign to win World Heritage Status for its historic Abbey."

The keynote conference speakers will include John Taylor Gatto [1] from New
York, one of the world's most powerful and persuasive proponents of
educational reform who will challenge many long held beliefs about the
benefits of modern schooling, and Scots education law expert Iain Nisbet
[2], Head of the Education Law Unit at Govan Law Centre in Glasgow, which
works in partnership with schools, education authorities, parents' groups
and charities to make rights in education a reality.

The finalised programme will include workshop and panel sessions, as well as
plenty of informal networking opportunities, and delegates will be
encouraged to think beyond the institution and consider different ways of
educating in order to ensure the development of each child's personality,
talents and physical and mental abilities to their fullest potential, as
enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The event will present a unique opportunity for professionals in the public,
private and voluntary sectors to engage in discussion and debate with
parents and young people as 'consumers' of education services. It is aimed
at all those with an interest in educational rights and freedoms, including
policy makers, formal and informal educators, youth and community workers,
children's reporters, representatives from children's and family support
organisations, parents, academics, researchers and learners aged 12 and
over.

Booking information is available from Schoolhouse by email:
[email protected]; or telephone: 01307 468509.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Alison Preuss on 0772 962 3532 or
[email protected]

EDITORS' NOTES

[1] John Taylor Gatto was three times New York City teacher of the year and
is a renowned international speaker and author of many books on educational
reform, including Dumbing Us Down: the hidden history of compulsory
schooling
and The Underground History of American Education.

[2] Iain Nisbet is a solicitor and Head of Education Law at Govan Law
Centre. His role involves providing advice, information and training
on all aspects of education law and representing the families of children
with additional support needs across Scotland. He is the co-author of A-Z
of Scots Education Law
and was the legal adviser (Scots Law) to the DRC
Codes of Practice on disability discrimination in education.
 
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Alison,

This is really interesting thought provoking stuff...My son begins school next year and the schools in the local area have never really performed that well.

That coupled with the fact that the catchment area take in what shall we the families from the less desirable parts of town...(I hate tarring the kids with the same brush). And it concerns me as a parent.

My options are to sell and move...but I kind of like where we live. Or put him into private education (although not for many years).

His nursery has been one of the best we have ever seen, and he is one of the most sociable, confident, smart (well he cons me anyway) and pleasant wee boys around...(I know all dads would say that of their sons).

I feel that the school in this aread would destroy all the good work that has been done. So your information on the website, is very interesting to follow up on.

I'll speak to you later to the event....Arbroath isn't that far away, I may come to your event on the 12th of September. As I think it is a option for me and my wife to consider about home schooling.

Kind regards
 
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Alison,
I feel that the school in this aread would destroy all the good work that has been done. So your information on the website, is very interesting to follow up on.

I'll speak to you later to the event....Arbroath isn't that far away, I may come to your event on the 12th of September. As I think it is a option for me and my wife to consider about home schooling.

Kind regards
Happy to answer any questions about home ed. My three all survived to enter higher education - two are still at university (costing an arm and a leg) but one actually has a job now!

I think anybody would find John Gatto worth seeing as he tells it like it is and is something of an icon among alternative and home educators.
 

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