Socialist Sweden Moves to Ban Homeschooling for Religious or Philosophical Reasons

The European Convention on Human Rights is being used to justify this move to separate children from parental influence. Similar conventions are in consideration in the U.S.

STOCKHOLM, August 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Swedish Association for Home Education (ROHUS) is asking for support from the international community to stop an attempt by the Swedish government to outlaw homeschooling. The new legislation argues that because a child’s education should be “comprehensive and objective” it must be “designed so that all pupils can participate, regardless of what religious or philosophical” views of parents or children.

The government’s explanation of the draft law says, “there is no need for the law to offer the possibility of homeschooling because of religious or philosophical reasons in the family.”

On June 15 the Swedish government unveiled the draft legislation which, if passed, would impose severe restrictions on parents wishing to homeschool their children. Citing the European Convention on Human Rights, the law only allows parents to homeschool if “extraordinary circumstances” exist. The programme being used must pass muster with state officials and authorities will inspect and monitor home schooling families. Permission to homeschool must be renewed each year. Read more…

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