The sixth circuit unanimously upheld the decision to deport the Romeike family citing an insufficient case, and that this family were not subject to unfair persecution (if all German citizens would be treated the same way). The case will go to appeal.
If Germany is, as is the United States of America, signatory to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights then how is this family not being persecuted? They have a prior right to choose the kind of education for their child; and understand that it is compulsory. They are actively home educating their children. Germany on the other hand are interpreting compulsory education as forced school attendance which is NOT FAIR, and therefore DOES VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This is an interesting short video provoking the argument that the Romeike family fleeing from Germany, parallels the reason that the pilgrims settled in America hundreds of years ago; and is of great concern to all home educators in the United States of America today. It is presented from a christian perspective but applies to all belief systems, and the underlying fundamental human rights of a parent. Should the state be allowed to steal children from their own parents?
[Bear in mind that there is evidence to support that home educators get/provide a better level of education compared to state education, so intelligence obviously isn't the issue that the Obama administration is campaigning against!]
The petition is still open but the threshold of 100,000 signatures has been reached. Way to go everyone!
We now have to hope that the White House gives more than lip service to their position and response. It's not just the Romeike's that are relying on confirmation that they are allowed to stay in the USA.
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For those new to the situation in Germany: home educating is (perceived as) illegal.
The common citation for forced school attendance is to protect against parallel societies.
Educating Germany discusses arguments for (and against) legalising home education in Germany.
We report on human rights violations; provide translations of media articles, interviews, court hearings and personal stories into English; and suggest practical ways people, internationally, can lobby for change and support those who long for freedom of education.