My wife and I ran across this story last night while checking out a couple of homeschool blogs. It tells the story of a 15 year old girl who was recently seized from her family and placed in foster care because she was being homeschooled by her parents. The article explains:
“Melissa Busekros was home schooled by her parents after she began having trouble with two of her subjects in school. Her four younger siblings are in the German school system. Authorities barged into the Busekros house Feb. 1, with 15 members of the police force at hand and seized the girl. She was then placed in a psychiatric ward for assessment after it was decided she had a “phobia” against public school.”
“The girl’s parents have not been told where she is being held.”
So let me get this straight. The girl’s parents take one of their 5 children out of public school because she is struggling in a couple of subjects (evidently they thought that she needed more one-on-one attention in those subjects), and that is deserving of an all out Elian Gonzalez style home raid? You’ve got to be joking. It continues:
“Melissa’s parents began tutoring her in math and Latin at home when she began having trouble keeping up with the subjects in school, according to the WND report. When school officials discovered her parents’ involvement, the girl was expelled. The family then began home schooling her, and the school took the family to court.”
Holy crap. Now we find out that they didn’t even take their kid out of public school at all. The crime they committed was being “involved” and giving her tutoring. Seriously, I had no idea that Germany had slunk back into it’s socialist depths to this degree. And lest you think I’m about to bring up Hitler, don’t bother. The article does it for me:
“Home schooling was outlawed in Germany under Adolf Hitler–the original edict banning at-home instruction has been resurrected over the past decade, with accelerating persecution of families attempting to keep their children out of the mainstream curriculum.”
“In January 2005, county education director Heinz Kohler told a group of Christian parents desiring to home school, “you and your children are not living in isolation on some island but rather in an environment posing intra- and extracurricular situations where you’ll have to accept that your world view will be curtailed.””
“Home schooling could not be allowed, Kohler stated, because, “children should not be encapsulated or kept apart from the outside world. In these cases, the parents’ rights to personally educate their children would prevent the children from growing up to be responsible individuals within society…””
And that’s the kicker. The number 1, overwhelmingly main reason you hear people objecting to homeschooling, even in the US is the socialization argument. I guess being shuffled from class to class for 8 hours each day in an environment where if you talk you get sent to the principle for discipline is the only way to socialize. That’s so obviously incorrect that it hurts. My daughter is the most social creature on the planet. She’s involved in cheerleading, ballet and church activities on Wednesday and Sunday each week. She has more friends than I do! And with each one of those friends comes Birthday Parties, playdates, etc. If anything, we probably need to scale back a little on the socializing front for our own sanity sometimes. The socialization argument is bogus.
So here’s the common sense advice I have for Germany on this issue:
- Don’t you think that ANY law passed by Adolf Hitler is suspect to begin with? Duh! Time to re-check that one.
- Laws and events like this isolate you from the rest of the free world. Forced removal of children from their parents because of their “involvement” in their children’s education is called fascism.
- Rename the “Youth Welfare Office” to something else. That name sounds really creepy.
By the way, where is Human Rights Watch in all this? Isn’t educating your own children a pretty basic inalienable human right. Oh wait. I forgot. They only criticize the US.