Many people have come and will come to America in search of a better life. They might be fleeing poverty, war, or persecution.
The Romeike family from Germany fall into that last category. They wanted to homeschool their kids, to teach them good Christian values. They were concerned about what their children would be learning in German public schools.
With good reason. In Germany, homeschooling is illegal. The German government wants to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.” What they want to counteract is parents teaching their children their own values and ways of thinking.
The German government is monopolizing education in order to indoctrinate children. (Of course, we don’t have that problem here…)
German families who want to homeschool are faced with fines, jail time, and even losing custody of their children. Which is what happened to the Romeike family.
So they immigrated to the United States and applied for political asylum. Political asylum is for people who are afraid of persecution from the government of their home country.
Having your children taken away for homeschooling them sure sounds like persecution to me. (What next? Political activists who speak out against the government lose their children, too?)
But the United States government disagrees.
The federal government of the United States thinks that parents do not have the fundamental right to homeschool their kids.
Logically, then, if homeschooling is not a fundamental right, homeschooling could be banned here, too. That way only the rich can afford to escape the public schools.
But this is about more than just homeschooling. It is about the right to raise your children the way you think is best. After all, why do governments want kids in public schools? It certainly isn’t to teach them to read, write, and do arithmetic.
It’s to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.”
At least the German government is honest about their thought police.
Because that’s what it really is. It’s about controlling what our children think. After all, aren’t they the future?
Let me know what you think in the comments.
You can read more about the case on the Home School Legal Defense Association site (they’re defending the Romeike family). In particular, you might want to read German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom.