Dirk and Petra had their day in court this month, and the State won't give the legal custody of their children back.
They also will not allow the parents to continue homeschooling their children even though the judge admitted there seemed to have been no disadvantage to them.
Therefore the Wunderlich's may not leave Germany. They are grounded. Imprisoned.
For those who understand German, the family have issued a strongly-worded press release.
One of our loyal readers has brought our attention to five controversial changes to the education act that are being tabled in the region of Baden Wuerttemberg, due to be implemented in 2015.
An over-arching inclusion relates to sexual education about LBGT (lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgender) lifestyles. Many homeschoolers in German have removed their children from State educational institutions specifically as a response to the immorality being propagated therein; and to the usurping of their parental rights to choose the type of education befitting their children.
There is a petition here (in German).
While not strictly on the theme of home education in Germany I had a giggle watching this. I hope you do too. Frohe Weihnachten!
Due more than likely than international public pressure Dirk and Petra were awarded their children back IF AND ONLY IF they send their children to a state-approved school - a compromise the parent's tried to make when they were raided but were declined.
This is the first time I have seen the German government concede so suddenly. It is unheard of.
It's not quite the ultimate outcome, of course, but who wouldn't choose their children's emotional and physical well-being over their temporary removal to an educational institution?
Of course this is not all over yet, but it is a heart-warming temporary 'win' for this family.
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For those new to the situation in Germany: home educating is (perceived as) illegal.
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