Homeschooling in Germany

“Home schooling has been illegal in Germany since 1918, when school attendance was made compulsory, and parents who choose to homeschool anyway face financial penalties and legal consequences, including the potential loss of custody of their children.” — Family fighting deportation, ABC News

If that seems wrong to you, there’s a petition to grant permanent legal status to the family.


3 Replies to “Homeschooling in Germany”

  1. Signed the petition, thanks.

    My family is involved in a very alternative school here in California. There are two such schools in Germany. One was founded by a high-profile pop music star, whose celebrity has allowed her to get away with it. She can get a thousand people to show up for a protest and get time on TV news if the state causes her any trouble, so they don’t – for now. The other is in hiding – they look like a traditional school from the outside, and the kids know to sit in desks and pull out approved textbooks whenever anyone not in on it shows up. In other words, it is a crime in Germany for parents to exercise their right to educate their children as they see fit.

    Germany is the home of compulsory dumbed-down classroom schooling. It has resulted in the best soldiers and factory workers an elitist government could want. And Horace Mann and his followers brought it here lock, stock and barrel.

    1. I’ve been interested in some of what you’ve written on education, and look forward to seeing more. At the same time I’m kind of restricted in what I can write myself. I could have had a good education in public school forty years ago if I’d applied myself. My kids did get a good education, though every step of the way it felt like we were running across a burning bridge that was collapsing behind us. It’s possible one or two teachers thought we were parents from hell. Ultimately, the US government can’t be trusted with the power to control the education of children. Local government is more likely to be responsive, and you can move if you must. But parents need to have the final say, unless they are seriously and genuinely abusing their kids. The problem, as ever, is the State claims the authority to decide what’s abuse.

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