The re-trial set to hear the case for the State against home-schooling family Rosemarie and Jürgen Dudek concluded today (25/11/09) at the District Court in Kassel, Germany.
The parents were previously sentenced to 90 days each in jail but 'got off' with a fine of EU 120, which amounts to one Euro per day for 60 days, for each parent.
There is a superb video that came out just the day before the hearing that features the Dudeks and the Neubronners - "37 Grad" on ZDF for those German-speakers.
For those readers who can understand German.....
While the idea to set up a store at Cafepress has been running around in my head for quite some time and I went ahead and did so, I haven't officially launched it.
So it is with some trepidation that I present to you the Educating Germany Cafepress Studio.
Those who have been following this blog will know that I am not really a graphic designer and even made a call for someone to step forward (but alas no one did) so this is my 'best'.
The idea was to focus on the tipping point or in the German translation of "Die Wende", the turning point which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as the later (re-)unification of the divided East and West Germany.
The iconography will hopefully remind people, old enough to have lived through the events of 1989 and 1990, of the "Wir sind ein Volk" slogan, at least that was the intention.
Ultimately it would be fabulous to see this t-shirt worn, in support of German homeschoolers, around the world, so that it may draw the attention of the public and media to the situation there.
As stated in the product description, the minimal margin on any sale will be put towards furthering the work we do here - like the direct mailing campaigns to the educational committee members.
If you have any constructive feedback please feel welcome to use the email form in the right sidebar of the site.
News in brief from World Net Daily
Rosemarie and Juergen Dudek set for a new trial on November 16th
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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.