One homeschooling mom says thank goodness for the U.S.A.
Homeschool Mom Pam: It appears that we homeschoolers in the U.S. should thank our lucky stars that we are in the "Good Ol' U.S. of A" and not in a third world totalitarian country run by nationalistic zealots ...oh yeah, and also not in Germany.
Germany does not cotton to parents taking responsibility for their children's education. The German government is a firm believer in the state knowing what is best to teach their children, and don't tell it any different or officers will break down your door and drag your crying children to school. At least that is the story that Uwe Romieke tells. He is now living in Tennessee and hoping to gain political asylum for himself and his family here in the U.S. so he will be able to homeschool his children.
Michael Donnelly, an attorney with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association who represents the family here in the U.S. says, "Germany sticks out in the midst of Western Europe for having this harsh repression against parents. They have this notion that homeschool creates this parallel society and they deem that as dangerous." The German Consul General for the Southeast U.S. explained Germany's stance on education: "For reasons deeply rooted in history and our belief that only schools properly can ensure the desired level of excellent education, we (Germany) go a little beyond that path which other countries have chosen."
The bottom line is this: home educating has its pros and cons and so does public education whether in Germany or the U.S. I know that choosing homeschooling means my kids miss out on some of the really great things that schools have to offer, and that it is a path less traveled. But I also can say that I am giving them many things that a conventional public school could never give them. Is it a wash or does one side outweigh the other? I don't know.
Some days I'd like to pack the whole lot off to school and get a job, but then there are other days when I know that homeschooling is an irreplaceable gift I share with my children. I just really appreciate the fact that I live in a country that lets me decide what is best for my child. There are forces here in America that would like to take away my right to homeschool. Recently a California judge ruled homeschooling unconstitutional -- luckily wiser voices prevailed.
It is frightening to think that any government could take away parental rights and claim that they know what is best for a child. In Germany barely 500 children are homeschooled. In America we have over a million. I say thank you God for America. I think I'll start a new unit with my kids tomorrow, on liberty and how to preserve it.