Thursday, March 4, 2010

Homeschooling Illegal in Germany

Originally Published "State of the Nation" by Brandon Jones at Desk of

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 going to venture down the road toward 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

1 comment:

  1. It's not our concern. The liberals are not suggesting that we superimpose Germany's entire government onto our own. Also, liberals are for individual freedom OVER government regulation. Hence, why would they exalt an educational system based on what they oppose? Since we do not live in Germany, we cannot assume the reasoning behind their laws. Perhaps the government feels the piety of the parents would be detrimental to the education of the child based on certain emphasis on a particular subject matter which is not relevant or practical to a functioning member of society. The parents are likely free to pursue religious education, but it must be outside of the mandatory school hours. Why must a child's entire education be devoted or tied to religion? It doesn't. Am I suggesting we switch to this method? No. That's about as successful as insinuating that this country switch to a socialist economy. Ironically, despite the fact that this country prides itself in the freedoms allotted to its citizens, it at times is counterproductive to the progress of it--the facts will show you that. And finally, don't preach about certain freedoms while stunting others. I read several of your posts and the constant contradictions and distortions of fact between them so that they convenience you is astonishing yet obvious--even to an inexperienced youth such as myself.