More German Homeschoolers Seek Asylum in Canada

Via LifeSiteNews. A German family seeking asylum in Canada due to persecution because of homeschooling. See previous stories on the German family granted Asylum in the USA.

While many choose to homeschool for religious reasons, these parents, who do not wish to be identified, say rather that they wish to homeschool as a matter of conscience and for the medical well-being of their two teenage sons. The boys both suffer from various illnesses after having been born four months premature.

The government had placed them in a school for the physically and mentally disabled, but the parents felt that they would not receive the best education there, so they chose to homeschool. Read more…

Should Australia follow the German Homeschool Ban?

An editorial in The Australian seems at least open to the idea of an outright ban on homeschooling. The reason? Socialization.

According to state officials in Baden-Wurttemberg, the rationale of the policy is to foster social integration and prevent the creation of parallel societies.

This is a legitimate concern. For all of its conceivable advantages, home schooling has one fundamental drawback: it has the effect of preventing children from socialising with others, including those from different backgrounds and traditions.

If we believe that a good education should equip children with the ability to deliberate with others and live alongside those with whom they disagree, this counts as a serious failing.

Does this mean we must follow the Germans in banning home schooling? Not necessarily. Read more…

Where Homeschooling is Outlawed

Via Albert Mohler at Crosswalk.com

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike may have been considered outside the norms of civil society in their native Germany, but not in Morristown, Tennessee, where they and their five children now live. The Romeikes are homeschoolers who are determined to provide the education for their children, ranging in age from two to twelve. In Morristown, that is about as controversial as bass fishing, but in Germany it is a crime. Read more…

TIME: …Huddled Masses Yearning to Homeschool

TIME (remember the magazine?) has a story on the Romeike family recently granted asylum to escape Germany’s homeschool prohibition.

The Romeikes are not your typical asylum seekers. They did not come to the U.S. to flee war or despotism in their native land. No, these music teachers left Germany because they didn’t like what their children were learning in public school — and because homeschooling is illegal there.

“It’s our fundamental right to decide how we want to teach our children,” says Uwe Romeike, an Evangelical Christian and a concert pianist who sold his treasured Steinway to help pay for the move. Read more…

Germany: Parents must pay for psych ward for homeschooler

Germany: Parents must pay for psych ward for homeschooler

I never know what to think about the sensationalist tone of WorldNet daily, but they are the only outlet reporting on this next chapter in the Busekros saga. The German government took their daughter from them because they were homeschooling against government orders.

The parents of Melissa Busekros, the German teen who was taken by police from her home and placed in a psychiatric ward because she was homeschooled, now are being billed by the government for the cost of her forced stay, according to attorneys who are working on her case.
WND originally reported more than a year ago when Busekros, then 15, was taken into custody from in front of her shocked family by police officers bearing the following court order:
“The relevant Youth Welfare Office is hereby instructed and authorized to bring the child, if necessary by force, to a hearing and may obtain police support for this purpose.” Read more…

Homeschooling Family Narrowly Avoids German Deportation

US Homeschooling Family Narrowly Avoids German Deportation

UELFELD, Germany, December 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A US Baptist missionary family has narrowly avoided deportation from Germany for their commitment to educate their children at home thanks to successful eleventh hour negotiations by home school advocates.
The International Human Rights Group (IHRG) reports that its European Counsel, Dr. Ronald Reichert, convinced German officials to drop a deportation order that would have required Mr. Clint Robinson, his wife Susan and their three children to leave Germany on Thursday for the outlawed practice of homeschooling their children. Read more…

Homeschooling Headed for Criminalization?

Homeschooling Headed for Criminalization?

So why should we in the U.S. be concerned with the plight of German homeschoolers?

I was quite surprised (yet obviously pleased) that homeschooling developed in the United States with minimal resistance from government agencies. I am even more pleased with the statistics that have emerged on the subject of home-schooled children excelling in extraordinary measure compared to their public school-attending counterparts. In truth, I rather expected a few average American families to have to endure Waco-style sieges, imprisonment and decades-long legal battles over the issue.
So, why all the hubbub over the plight of some German home schoolers?
Well, here’s why. The socialistic European model of government is where the Left in America has us gravitating toward. Read more…

German ‘ghost school’ uncovered after 30 years

German ‘ghost school’ uncovered after 30 years

The reaction of the state officials is almost comical. In any country, there are bureaucrats who can’t stand the idea of anything happening not under government oversight and control.

A secret school that was run for almost 30 years by parents disgruntled by the state education system has been discovered in the north German city of Bremen.
Several hundred children are believed to have passed through the unregistered alternative primary school, and the authorities claim not to have been aware of its existence. Read more…


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German Homeschooler’s case to be ‘de-escalated’

German authorities have told a lawyer for a teenager who was confined in a psychiatric hospital because she was homeschooled she can remain with her family for now, a new report has confirmed.
Joel Thornton, president of the International Human Rights Group told WND that the authorities’ letter to the lawyer said they plan to “de-escalate” the case so that Melissa Busekros could remain in her home.
Read more…


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German Homeschool Girl is Home

Melissa Busekros turned 16 today and is enjoying the day with her parents at their home in Erlangen, Germany, near Nuremberg. How long authorities will allow her to remain at home is unclear. These photos were taken today. Read more…


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New Site to Free German Homeschooler

Someone named Tim just left a comment telling me about a new site to help free 15 Year Old Homeschooler Melissa Busekros. Melissa is being held by the German Government because her parents refuse to enroll her in a government school. Go to the site…


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Another German Homeschool Family Persecuted

CBNNews.com — A court in eastern Germany has taken custody of five children away from their homeschooling parents, but has not yet removed the children from the home. The parents, Bert and Kathrin Brause of Zittau, lost custody of their children, Rosine, Jotham, Kurt-Simon, Lovis and Ernst, to the local youth welfare office.Read more…


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American Christians Protest Over German Homeschooling Case

A case of a 15-year-old German girl who has been removed from her family and placed in a psychiatric institution has Christians in the United States up in arms.
Christian activists say the case is an assault on religious liberties and the right of a Christian family to home school their daughter. The case has been widely reported in Christian and conservative media in the United States, with some commentators comparing the authorities to Nazis. Activists are being encouraged to pray for the girl and petition German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while one Web site is even calling for a boycott on German goods. Read more…


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Not so free in Germany

I will forgo the pleasure of drinking German lager and eating sauerkraut for the foreseeable future and I ask freedom lovers to consider joining me.
I am joining an international boycott of German goods because of that country’s drift away from fundamental freedoms. Read more…


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Homeschooling, school phobia: 2007 German horror tale

Earlier this month, a German teen-ager was forcibly taken from her parents and imprisoned in a psychiatric ward. Her crime? She is being home-schooled
On Feb. 1, 15 German police officers forced their way into the home of the Busekros family in the Bavarian town of Erlangen. They hauled off 16-year-old Melissa, the eldest of the six Busekros children, to a psychiatric ward in nearby Nuremberg. Last week, a court affirmed that Melissa has to remain in the Child Psychiatry Unit because she is suffering from ‘school phobia.’ Read more…


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German Homeschoolers told to give up 5 other kids

German authorities who sent 15 uniformed police officers to take custody of a 15-year-old girl who committed the crime of being homeschooled now have suggested a solution that, in their minds, would “resolve” the situation: the parents should give up custody of their other five children.
Read more…


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German homeschool student can’t say where she is

An international human rights organization says the 15-year-old homeschool student taken from her home by a SWAT team and deposited in a psychiatric ward on a judge’s order has been allowed to contact her family.
“Melissa called her parents today to tell them she was moved to another mental ward. She was then moved to a ‘clearing house’ and finally to a foster family; but she was unable to tell them where she is now,” Read more…


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Groups Aid German Homeschoolers

CBNNews.com – A German family has had their teenage daughter kidnapped by state officials and thrown into a public psychiatric institution.
The reason?
Because her parents were homeschooling her.
After taking the girl forcibly from her home, state officials made the girl see a psychiatrist who branded the teen with ‘school phobia,’ and said she was ‘developmentally delayed.’ Read more…


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Homeschool student disappears from German psych ward

The case involving a 15-year-old homeschool student in Germany who suddenly was snatched from her home by a SWAT team of police officers and sent to a psychiatric ward for her ‘school phobia’ suddenly has taken a turn for the worse.
Officials who work in support of homeschoolers in Germany, even though it is illegal there, notified WND that Melissa Busekros, in a ‘new escalation,’ was moved from the psychiatric hospital where she had been held for more than a week ‘to an unknown place.’ Read more…


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Christians urged to go to bat for German homeschoolers

(OneNewsNow.com) – Last week, German police and social workers removed 17-year-old home-school student, Melissa Busekros, from her home. Then the authorities proceeded to place the teen in a Nuremberg psychiatric hospital, where she was interrogated by a psychiatrist for more than four hours and finally released.
But as Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) senior counsel Chris Klicka point outs, that was not the end of the student’s troubles. Read more…