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German Family Living in the U.S. to be Deported for… Homeschooling

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.

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8 Comments

  1. Mikey G says:

    I have a friend who is both German and Christian what he thought about it and I thought his response was appropriate: “As a Christian and a German they ought to obey their government.” But I am sure you don’t like that.

    • Having a law is insufficient reason for it being obeyed. The government is not God. The government’s laws need to be moral and just. The Founding Fathers of our country felt that the people are not obligated to obey any government that doesn’t respect the rights of its people, and I agree.

      Furthermore, the family left Germany (peaceably) because they disagreed with Germany’s laws, which is certainly within their rights.

    • Sharon says:

      Does he have children? Does he know these people? Does he live here or in Germany? If he lives here what was his reason for coming over here? DON’T PASS JUDGEMENT!!!!!

    • This president has no right to go after this CHRISTIAN family to have them sent back to Germany, someone please tell me is he sending back all the illegal aliens that are in this country?? This family has a right to home school their children and be left alone. Who does this president think he is??? I

  2. Bob H. says:

    So, Mexico passes a law forbidding home schooling. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Juan and Rosa. 7NT x

  3. Helma Hintz says:

    The family will be sorry, sooner or later..Children should be in school to socialize with other children. Too bad they should have sent them back to germany

    • Because being bullied at school is just so important to proper social development. Do you have any idea how many teenagers have committed suicide because of being bullied at school? How is that proper socialization?

      People learned how to socialize long before public schools even existed. I think Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison did just fine.

      I’ve known multiple families who home school their children. These children are academically well above their public school peers, think for themselves, and are very well socialized.

      “Socialization” does not just mean being with other people. It means knowing how to act appropriately in society, something that kids will NOT learn from their peers, but from adults.

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