Saturday, February 05, 2005

Signs of the Times - Banned Homeschooling

Apparently now we now must have humanistic and godless values to be responsible members of society, at least in Germany.

"...you'll have to accept that your world view will be curtailed," stated Heinz Kohler, the county education director of a county in Germany that forced parents to enroll their children in the public school.

The parents had withdrawn their children from public schools "to protect their children from the humanistic and godless values being taught to their children in the public school," and claimed "their fundamental rights as parents would be violated if they were forced to return the children to public school."

All of the families apparently had satisfied the authorities that their children were receiving a good education using German correspondence school materials, but that didn't sway the county. There is no state recognition of homeschooling in Germany.

Dismissing the families' beliefs. Heinz Kohler continued, "children should not be encapsulated or kept apart from the outside world. In these cases, the parents' rights to personally educate their children would prevent the children from growing up to be responsible individuals within society…"

Read the full article, from the HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association), with info on how to influence this decision.

This compares with our previous alert:

Signs of the Times - Enforced Prostitution
Score in Germany: 1 for prostitution, 1 for godless education.

You were not planning to move there, were you?

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