Homeschooling Parents Sentenced to Jail

Germany is at it again:

“A mother and father who have been homeschooling their children each have been ordered by a German judge to serve three-month prison terms after a prosecutor said he was unhappy with fines the family paid and he wanted the parents jailed.”

This was the prosecutor’s intention all along-he wanted to jail the parents from the beginning. The parents are appealing, but I sadly do not think they will be successful. Germany has been going down this road for a long time now. They don’t want people to homeschool and jailing them and taking their children away would be a powerful deterrent to that.

Leaving won’t help the Dudeks either:

“Officials in Hesse have said not even the family’s efforts to move out of the region would halt their prosecution.”

And taking children away is no idle threat:

“…the Dudeks warned about a new German federal law that also gives family courts the authority to take custody of children “as soon as there is a suspicion of child abuse,” which is how the nation’s courts have defined homeschooling.

“The new law is seen as a logical step in carving up family rights after a federal court had decided that homeschooling was an abuse of custody,” said the letter from Juergen Dudek to the HSLDA.”

How soon before this spreads to the rest of the EU?

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  1. Mrs. C
    Jun 20, 2008 @ 04:51:33

    I’ve heard various places that this is their response to the problem of large numbers of Muslims moving in. They don’t want them home-educating their kids and being too insulated. Unfortunately what seems to be happening is that the schools have to start catering to the large population of Muslims and the larger culture will change too.

    There should be an international outcry but no one wants to stick up for the nerdy kids winning all the spelling bees. *wink*


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