Parents race to escape Germany before the state takes custody of their children for the crime of homeschooling them. I know we've had "discussions" on the board with social workers and other visitors who seem to feel that due process and REAL CHARGES are unnecessary before "investigating," nosing around or stealing children. Let me tell you that this is exactly where it's going to lead, even here in America, if we don't stand up to such bullies.
My child, my right to decide. How difficult is that for people to see?
You don't have to like it. I might not like your teaching evolutionary theory as gospel, or your Buddhist beliefs, or your gay agenda when you tell YOUR child what the world is all about. But it's none of my business, or that of the court, to intervene. And I don't think state-mandated tests are fair "to check progress." How would YOU like for me to mandate your child take a test to see how well he can read the Book of Revelation or the Ten Commandments? How about for tenth-grade science, we make sure he understands the concept the seven days of creation, and what happened on each day? This is the sort of thing that happens when the "majority" opinion dictates what our children hear each day. You might not like that I am not preparing my children for a "multicultural" world with diverse opinions on many issues, and that we (gasp!) don't mention Martin Luther King Jr. at all in our studies. Too bad!
I think despite our opinions on what is taught to homeschoolers and how it's done, we should be very supportive of these families in Germany. I'm glad to be a dues-paying member of the HSLDA knowing that my money is spent defending homeschoolers around the world.