Europe's homeschooling' future in question

Monday, May 1, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

judge banging gavelA German family is asking Europe's highest court to protect their rights and the rights of all parents to homeschool their children free from government threats. 

Nearly two dozen police officers and social workers stormed the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich more than three years ago.

The crime? They were trying to homeschool their children. 

Despite signing a treaty to the contrary, Michael Donnelly of the Home School Legal Defense Association says Germany continues to ignore it.

"The German Supreme Court has said that the states in Germany can ban homeschooling because they believe that homeschooling contributes to the creation of what they call parallel societies," Donnelly explains. "They also suggest that schools are the best place, and they say the only place, that children can be socialized."

Although authorities abducted the children during the raid, they were later returned. However, Donnelly says some of them were emotionally scarred because of that.

timeline of the lengthy legal case compiled by HSLDA dates back to 2006, when the family was first fined for homeschooling.

An application was filed on behalf of the family in 2015 with the European Court of Human Rights, and Germany has since responded to that filing.  

"The court has an opportunity here to send a message saying that, while the state may have some authority in regulating education, it may not take children away from parents just because they're being homeschooled," he says.

The ruling by the European high court could impact as many as 800 million Europeans who are subject to the rulings of the justices.

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