Homeschooling in the U.S. endangered?

Increased media coverage on German Asylum case –

The modern homestead of homeschooling is pricking up its ears: Ever more often American media reports warn openly about the Obama government wanting to cut down on freedom of education in the land of boundless possibilities.

Cause for concern stems from the position the U.S. government is taking in the Romeike case. Attorney General Eric Holder is denying the Romeikes asylum in the U.S. because they don’t belong to a “persecuted group”. Their homeschooling, the official line reads, was an individual decision which the German state happens to sanction. This was no reason to grant asylum.

According to media sources (CBN, The New American or WORLD) this stance over the case of German homeschoolers seeking asylum in the U.S. shows the government to be more concerned about its relationship towards Germany as an ally than towards the American view of parental rights.

“Nations like Germany and Sweden show that when governments take away homeschooling rights, it’s a slippery slope to no parental rights.” Dale Hurd, CBN correspondent

Those rights were at risk for the Romeikes because of the German practice of punishing homeschoolers and removing custody from homeschooling parents, as an American judge had found in 2010. His verdict, not mincing matters about the Nazi roots of German compulsary school attendance, has been regarded as a serious slap in the face for Germany’s restrictive handling of educational freedom.

At attorney General Eric Holder’s behest the U.S. Agency for asylum filed a protest – and was allowed. The outcome of the hearing at the Sixth Circuit Court on April 23, 2013 will certainly have its repercussions. An end to the suspenseful Romeike saga is not in sight. Not least for Germany’s position this is thrilling. If Romeikes are rejected, the advocates of forced schooling in this country will definitely be afloat again.

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