Thu Jan 28th, 2010 at 08:11:08 AM EST
Over the last few days I saw this story about this German Family being granted political asylum in the US, because they were not allowed to homeschool their children in Germany.
I first saw this in the Telegraph:
German homeschoolers granted political asylum in US - Telegraph
A German couple who fled to America so they could homeschool their children have been granted political asylum by a US immigration judge.
The decision, announced Tuesday in Memphis, clears the way for Uwe Romeike, his wife and five children to stay in Tennessee, where they have been living since 2008.
German state constitutions require children to attend public or private schools, and parents can face fines or prison time if they do not comply.
And then The Spiegel chipped in:
Political Asylum for Homeschoolers: Evangelical Christians Celebrate Victory over 'Embarrassed' Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
A German couple who wanted to homeschool their children have been granted political asylum in the US. Evangelical Christians have welcomed the decision, claiming that Germany was trying to "coerce ideological uniformity" through its ban on homeschooling.
Christian fundamentalists have welcomed the decision by a US court to award a German family political asylum in the United States because the parents were unwilling to subject their children to mandatory school attendance rules in Germany.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike from the town of Bissingen in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg wanted to teach their five children at home because they feared that they were being taught an "anti-Christian worldview" in public schools. They pulled their children out of school and in 2008, after fighting the authorities for years, emigrated to the United States, where they applied for political asylum in 2009. On Tuesday night, the evangelical Christian lobbying group Home School Legal Defense Assoication (HSLDA) announced that the Romeikes' asylum application had been approved.
Announcing his verdict in a court in Memphis, Tennessee, Judge Lawrence Burman ruled that the Romeikes' were entitled to political asylum. According to HSLDA -- the ruling is not yet officially available --, Burman argued that he believed the Romeike family's basic human rights were being violated in Germany. "We can't expect every country to follow our constitution," he said, as quoted by the organization. Burman also defined so-called homeschoolers, who teach their children at home, as "a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress." The family, Burman argued, has "a well-founded fear of persecution" and, as a result, the right to political asylum in the United States.
I know that you can homeschool children in the US and that in Germany and as far as I know in Switzerland School is mandatory. How is this in other European Countries and are there any rules at the EU level?
What are advantages or disadvantages of homeschooling in your opinion and of course what do you see as the advantages of mandatory school visits?