The Royal Institute of Great Britain does great educational lectures. I’ve read lots of reports of them on my friends’ blogs over the years and have been intending to get there, just as soon as we lived near enough/ I wasn’t heavily pregnant/ didn’t have a small baby.
They’ve now started charging for their lectures. That’s fine, I don’t have a problem with them making ends meet. They are charging £1.50 for school children and teachers, very reasonable I think.
BUT, and yes, it is a big BUT, they are charging £6 for a home educated child and £8 for a parent. They say:
Home educator fees are slightly higher than those for school parties, as our programme is primarily intended for those in mainstream education.
This is discrimination, plain and simple. Home educators accept that we have withdrawn from the state system, and that we don’t get that funding. Some like it, some don’t. Some would like a bit in return, others are quite happy with the freedom. That’s a different conversation though, and happens different places. I personally wouldn’t call 4 times the cost slightly higher 🙁
What the Royal Institute is doing is penalising home educators incredibly harshly and in the majority of cases excluding them from the educational offerings. If I were to take my family it would now cost me £20 on top of the trainfare, while if my kids were in school, they’d be paying £3.