What’s happening in the world of Homeschooling this week?
Homeschoolers all over Europe were upset by the news that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sided with Germany in their case against Dirk and Petra Wunderlich. The Wunderlichs just wanted the freedom to homeschool their children, but instead German officials forcibly removed their four children from the family home near Darmstadt, Germany, for three weeks in 2013.
This falls closely on the heels of the saga of the Romeike family, who fled Germany for the U.S. in 2008 seeking the freedom to educate their children at home. As I understand it they continue to reside in the US despite being initially denied asylum.
Homeschooling has apparently been illegal in Germany since the Nazi days, so this isn’t really a surprise, but we here in the US should continue to pray that the mindset of stifling freedom and forcing conformity doesn’t spread to the rest of Europe and across the pond to this freedom-loving country. I will continue to pray for those families affected by this situation.
In other news:
- In South Dakota, House Bill 1040, a measure to bring the same scholarship requirements used for public and private school students to home-schooled students, passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee Monday morning.
- On the other hand, a public school district in Oregon threatened to terminate homeschooling programs if parents failed to enter information into their new database, so the HSLDA had to come to their rescue. Apparently they were able to turn the demand into a request. As I understand it Oregon state law only requires parents to send in a one-time notice, so this was an extra request above and beyond what the law required.
Opportunities for Homeschoolers:
- The Show Low Arizona Public Library will be offering a free, weekly homeschool program, open to school-age children 5 years and older. It will be held every Wednesday beginning in January from 11 a.m. to noon.
- The Grand Island Nebraska Public Library is offering a free activity day every second Monday of the month from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Various activities are planned to give homeschoolers and opportunity for some extra fun and socialization.
- If you’re in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and have a high school junior, there’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about state government though a program set up by the Bowling Green American Legion Post 45 and the Bowling Green American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45. Home-schooled and privately-schooled students should contact David and Jane Ridenour at 419-352-5054 (or e-mail at email@example.com) for more information.
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