by Lance Devon
Individual liberty is being burned at the stake, as governments set fire to people natural rights. This time it has everything to do with homeschooling.
It all started in Germany. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike were raising their five children in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, when they decided to remove their children from the public education system. In 2006, the Romeike’s illegally withdrew their children from the German public schools system and began homeschooling. Believing that the public education system was undermining their Christian faith, the Romeike’s began breaking the law and teaching their kids at home. By exercising their natural rights, the Romeikes were fined over $10,000 by the German government and at one point their children were forcefully removed from their home. In 2010, after getting their children back, they chose to flee Germany and move to the United States.
Finding freedom in the US, only to be challenged again, this time by the US
Upon arrival in Tennessee, the Romeikes were granted asylum. A federal judge rebuked the German policy and ruled that the Romeike’s had a reasonable fear of persecution for their personal beliefs if they returned to Germany.
Nothing much was said about the issue until the Obama’s Administration’s Department of Justice got involved.
Attorney General, Eric Holder came out and opposed the federal court ruling, siding with the German government. He pleaded that the Romeike’s be denied their asylum. Holder believes that governments may legitimately use force and authority to make parents comply with government-sanctioned schools.
With statements like these, the United States, once a beacon for liberty, is now endorsing force and mandates in regard to education. The right to homeschool and teach one’s own children is a fundamental human right is now at stake. It doesn’t matter what beliefs each family has. It’s liberty that matters. According to Holder, that liberty should be supervised by the federal government.
Government supervised education
The German policy that’s currently in place says that the upbringing of a child is a parent’s natural right but the government’s duty is to watch over them in the performance of this duty. The law also states that: “The entire school system shall be under the supervision of the state.”
The policy in the United States is currently one of freedom. The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution secures homeschooling as a fundamental liberty. The Constitution enables each individual state to regulate homeschooling in its own way. Is this idea under attack?
Very much so. The Attorney General currently seeks to deport the Romeike’s. Their right to home school their children their own way doesn’t matter to the Department of Justice. The government is more concerned with compliance: Everyone giving away their liberty and free will, and absorbing the education laid out by federal law.
From the failed No Child Left Behind Act to the new federally implemented Common Core program, the government is socializing the public school system. The new Common Core program is based on a one-size-fits-all approach that school Board President Michael Faccinetto condemns, saying:
“All we care about are these high-stakes tests and numbers and data instead of the kids.” Faccinetto continues, “Standardized tests don’t define the success of a child.”
Homeschooling typically allows for a broader, more creative, and more self-disciplined approach to learning
Will federal compliance be the way forward for education in the United States, or are people catching on and learning that the freedom of homeschooling allows for the exploration of alternative ideas, engaging children more effectively with their society and themselves?
Indeed, homeschooling in the US is on the rise. Since 1999, the number of homeschooled children has increased by 75 percent.
Typically, a parent-involved education lays the groundwork for a set of core values that helps children become more productive and principled later in life.
More times than not, homeschooling is not a close-minded, antisocial way of educating. It’s actually a more integrative, creative approach, with opportunities outside the classroom.
Homeschooling isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and there should be nothing criminal about it. It is a parent’s natural right to teach their children what they want as long as they are not harming another. A family that flees a county’s educational control to find liberty in the United States is a testimony of freedom and the Attorney General should be ashamed for wanting to strip the family of asylum and deport them back into the hands of the controlling German government.
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