Saturday, January 30, 2010

US judge grants German homeschooling family asylum

Homeschooling has been illegal in Germany for most of the 20th century. But a decision in the United States granting asylum to a German homeschooling couple has revived an ongoing debate on the freedom of education.

An American judge on Tuesday granted asylum to a German couple who wanted to homeschool their children, bringing international attention to the debate in Germany over the rights of parents to freely educate their children.

The decision came from immigration judge Lawrence O. Burman in Memphis, Tennessee. Judge Burman said the German government violated Uwe and Hannelore Romeike's "basic human rights," according to the Web site of the Home School Legal Defense Association, a Virginia-based pro-..homeschooling organization that represented the couple.

"Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress," Burman was quoted as saying. "This family has a well-founded fear of persecution ... therefore, they are eligible for asylum."

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1 comment:

  1. What a great & deserved victory, although even better if people were free to do as they liked in their homelands.
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