Published On: Mon, Mar 1st, 2010

Homeschooling Illegal in Germany

What started with a casual comment about homeschooling in Europe turned to shock as I’ve quickly found that this is public knowledge.

This is from the introduction on Wikipedia:
“Parents violating the law have primarily or most prominently been Christians seeking a more religious education than that offered by the schools. Sanctions against these parents have included fines of thousands of euros, successful legal actions to remove children from the parents’ custody, and prison sentences.
Also from Wiki:
“In September 2006 the European Court of Human Rights upheld the German ban on homeschooling, stating “parents may not refuse… [compulsory schooling] on the basis of their convictions”, and adding that the right to education “calls for regulation by the State”. The European Court took the position that the plaintiffs were the children, not their parents, and declared “children are unable to foresee the consequences of their parents’ decision for home education because of their young age….”
Prison sentances for homeschooling you child in Germany, not some radical Muslim country or remote third world nation — Germany. Note that the “State” knows what is best for the children of Germany NOT their parents.
In 2007, a German family with six children paid the fines and still
faced potential jail time. From the 2007 story:
“Joerg Grosseleumern, a spokesman for the German advocacy group, said a prosecutor, unsatisfied with fines the family already has paid, is demanding the 90-day terms in custody for Juergen and Rosemarie Dudek. He said that’s possible because in the state of Hesse, a family’s failure to follow the mandatory school attendance laws violates not only administrative regulations, but the criminal code.”
Criminal code!?!
The same article quotes Hitler:
“The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” – Hitler, 1937
I’m NOT going to venture down the road toward to suggest another Nazi Germany; however, it does illustrate that the European Union and the countries like Germany has frightening unAmerican policies and laws. Many, many liberals in Washington and across the country promote these nations as role models and focus on directing American policy to emulate the EU.

1. Wikipedia: Homeschooling in Germany

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