Saturday, June 09, 2007

Nazi-era laws make it illegal to homeschool in Germany

Here’s a story that should cause some pause for some of you. Imagine the police swarming your house and dragging off your teenager for a psych evaluation and ultimately placing her in a foster home. Why? She’s being homeschooled.

Homeschooling is illegal in Germany. A Nazi-era prohibition, the ban grew out of Hitler's worry that too much parental control would supersede the state's influence. [Hmm...] According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Germany has about 400 homeschooling families. Most teach clandestinely or are in court. Parents who homeschool face fines, imprisonment, and loss of custody of their children.


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