by Dr. D ~ February 16th, 2013
(US AG Eric Holder: OECD)
In a case against a German immigrant family who came to the USA in order to escape Germany’s law against homeschooling the Obama Justice Department seems to be claiming that governments have a right to force parents to send their children to government schools? From the Christian Post:
In a political asylum case involving a German family that fled to the United States to be able to homeschool their children, the U.S. Justice Department is arguing that the freedom to choose to educate one’s own children is not a fundamental right. If the Romeike family, who are evangelical Christians, lose their case and are deported back to Germany, they could face fines, jail time, and their children could even be taken away from them.
Homeschooling is illegal in Germany. …
The Justice Department argues that governments may legitimately use its authority to force parents to send their kids to government sanctioned schools. Since it takes the position that Germany may do that, it follows that the administration believes it has the right to do that in the United States as well.
Response: There is little doubt that some within the Obama administration wished that all the children in America could be forced into attending union run government supported schools (except their own children of course). The first thing President Obama did when he took over in Washington DC was to suspend the voucher program that allowed poor minority parents send their children to private schools in DC.
Looking at the response of the Justice Department and the actions of the Attorney General in this case leaves one concerned about the continued freedom of Christian parents in this country to choose homeschooling as an alternative to the failing and propaganda filled curricula of the government sponsored schools. Fortunately the laws regulating homeschooling in the USA are primarily left to the states rather than the federal government.
Nevertheless, we should watch out for any intrusions of this administration into the laws governing and limiting homeschooling across America. It may come in indirect ways like judging homeschool graduates as ‘ineligible’ to receive federal student loans for college in the future. *Top