25 years ago, my parents decided to home educate.
Fast forward to 2013 and the United States stance on home education is a little troubling, as the Obama Administration has denied asylum to a German family who is facing criminal prosecution for homeschooling.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Decline of Asylum
From the HSLDA press release:
“The court said that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case, and that the United States has not opened its doors to every victim of unfair treatment. Although the court acknowledged that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, it refused to concede that the harsh treatment of religiously and philosophically motivated homeschoolers in Germany amounts to persecution within our laws on asylum.”
Sure, they acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents, but apparently it isn’t enough of a right to need asylum. Germany is a hotbed for homeschoolers, as they continue to persecute and prosecute families who desire to home educate. If you dare home educate in Germany, be prepared for harsh fines and unless you comply, you can count on losing custody of your children.
Why doesn’t the Obama Administration consider the rights of parents more important?
Perhaps it’s because they don’t believe this particular human right is important.
When the Obama White House jumped on board when going after scum like Joseph Kony, I thought they cared about human rights. Now I’m thinking otherwise…