Homeschooling Interest Growing; Fight For Parental Rights Looms Large
All indications are that the homeschooling movement is growing internationally. A flourishing movement in the US with about 3.5% of the school-age population suggests that there is lots of room for growth abroad. However, as numbers grow, homeschooling families are confronted with uncertain legal challenges. There is no doubt that as these new homeschooling communities grow, they face similar issues that American homeschoolers encountered 30 years ago. Arguments from state teachers unions, government education policy makers and uninformed citizens will be challenges that international homeschoolers will have to overcome—just as American homeschoolers have. HSLDA has fought for homeschooling freedom for over 30 years. We are committed to defending homeschooling freedom here in the US and expanding this important parental and family right abroad.
German homeschooling mother Mary S. told HSLDA how important it is for us to continue the fight for the benefit of all homeschoolers.
She writes, “What happens all over the world SHOULD concern all of us, because what seems to be only a problem in another country can soon become (once again) a problem in America. And HSLDA must continue to stand up for the [Romeike] asylum case because it represents the basic fundamental rights of all people. I know—first hand—that persecution IS taking place here in this country [Germany] and ‘homeschoolers’ ARE targeted and more severely punished in general for their ‘crimes’ (schooling at home) than almost any other person or group who is found guilty of ‘breaking a law’ (non-violent). It is certain, that the [Romeike] family will face severe punishment and probably a terrible custody battle if they are forced to return to Germany. I cannot stress this enough. Thank you for your time and your continued efforts in this matter.”
I agree. Bad ideas travel quickly in our technology accelerated world. Repression against homeschoolers in other countries lends support to the arguments of those in America who want to repress that freedom and control children. Forces that seek to control society have always sought to control education—controlling the education system is always the most efficient way to influence future culture. State-controlled education monopolies fight to maintain primacy and are used everywhere by a variety of interest groups to advance various ideological goals.
HSLDA has been involved in high profile cases like the Romeike and Dudek families in Germany and the Johanssons in Sweden. However, there are many more cases like these, and it is critical that homeschoolers everywhere stay connected and support organizations like HSLDA and their own, often fledgling, national homeschool associations. In addition to providing legal support to individual homeschooling families, HSLDA works to encourage and equip national homeschool leaders with advice to gain from our over 30 years of experience and learning. HSLDA is grateful for the support of our tens of thousands of members who contribute through their membership and generously to the Homeschool Freedom Fund. Through these resources we can make sure that our children are protected in their ability to enjoy the freedom to homeschool. Will you join with us by becoming a member or donating to the Homeschool Freedom Fund? And don't forget to sign the Berlin Declaration for homeschooling freedom!
Director of International Affairs