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    Should home-schooling be illegal?

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    Home-schoolers win asylum in U.S. - Washington Times

    A U.S. immigration judge's decision to grant political asylum to a German family with "a well-founded fear of persecution" for home-schooling their children should send a powerful message to the German government to change its stance on home schooling, the family's attorney said Wednesday.

    "Home-schoolers are not a threat to German society," said Michael Donnelly, one of the Home School Legal Defense Association's team of lawyers representing Uwe Romeike; his wife, Hannelore; and their five children.

    Home schooling in Germany is illegal in most cases, and violators can be fined, jailed and even lose custody of their children. Mr. Donnelly said the German government has decided home-schoolers are "trying to create a parallel society" that must be "stamped out."

    The Romeikes home-schooled their children in Germany and received fines totaling $10,000. On one occasion, Mr. Donnelly said, police hauled their children off to school. In 2006, the Romeikes emigrated to Tennessee and continued home schooling their children. Mr. Donnelly said the family applied for political asylum within three months of arriving in the U.S.

    Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman in Tennessee granted asylum to the Romeikes during a conference-call hearing Tuesday, as is typical in immigration cases. A written ruling is expected to follow, but was not available Wednesday evening.
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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    And I always thought Germany was a pretty swell place to live...guess not
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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    I don't see why not as long as they pass the required exams for their state.

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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I don't see why not as long as they pass the required exams for their state.
    Well, I was homeschooled, and passed the required exams for my state.

    One issue with homeschooling, I think, is the potential for lack of social skill development because of limited contact with other children/people.

    I know it was an issue for me, to some extent. But then, it is perhaps an issue for people who graduate from public school as well, in some cases.

    I dunno, I've never been in one.
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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    I fully support home schooling. Can't speak for Germany, but I definitely support it in the US.

    Plus it seems to save me quite a bit of tax money.
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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    James, it saddens me that you'd support this provision of amnesty to illegal aliens. Of course, I can understand how saying guten tag to der volk might be easier than expressing such sentiments to the actual indigenous residents of America.

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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    And I always thought Germany was a pretty swell place to live...guess not
    I know someone who lived there who says that the place is chalk full of nonsense restrictions such as this.

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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    I have a couple of friends my age who homeschooled their children, and several younger friends who currently do. They all have thrived scholastically and were better prepared for college (the ones who have reached that age as of now), than their counterparts in public schools. They also seem to have a very good success rate for staying out of trouble and avoiding teen pregnancy.

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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    I am not a fan of home-schooling, but illegal? That's just ridiculous.
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    Re: Should home-schooling be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    I know someone who lived there who says that the place is chalk full of nonsense restrictions such as this.
    Does this mean you support Sharia law? Obviously if you support these people taking control of their own education then you should have no problem with Muslims controlling their own marriages? No. I'd rather home schooling be made illegal. It is nothing more than double talk for being religiously backwards. This family is nothing new. Their fears of "persecution" is a smokescreen for wanting to teach their kids religious nonsense in the place of actual knowledge. If they want to do that in their churches that is fine but if they live in a secular society like ours their children should go to our schools.
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