- Ms. Sylvia LöhrmannMinister of Education in Northrhine-Westphalia
- Ms. Hannelore Kraftgovernor of the German state of Northrhine-Westphalia
Parental Rights: Legalize homeschooling in Germany
Since the days of Adolf Hitler's education law in 1938 homeschooling has not been allowed in Germany but there exists a compulsory school attendance law in every German state. Those who homeschool in Germany have faced outrageous fines in excess of $10,000, had their homes raided by police, lost custody of their children, had their children taken from them by arrogant social workers. Children were removed from homes by social workers and put into government custody. Parents in the state of Northrhine-Westphalia have been repeatedly imprisoned for homeschooling their children. Homeschooling families have fled Germany and gone to Austria, Norway, Britain and the US. In fact, one family was granted asylum in the state of Tennessee. The states of Tennessee and Georgia released unanimous resolutions calling on Germany to respect parental rights such as the right of parents to guide the upbringing and education of their own children. But in Germany children have become a ward of the state and government control of childrearing and education is increasing through legal changes under the Merkel and Schröder administration. We must reverse this trend and stop the criminalization of traditional family in Germany. No parent should be imprisoned for homeschooling. No parent should be imprisoned for taking their children out of licentious and questionable "sex education" programs. Education is a state matter in Germany, so this petition is addressed to the governer (Ministerpräsidentin) of the state of Northrhine-Westphalia where I live and which is most notorious for repeatedly imprisoning Christian mothers and father for homeschooling or releasing their children from classes that oppose their Christian views.
- Minister of Education in Northrhine-Westphalia
Ms. Sylvia Löhrmann
- governor of the German state of Northrhine-Westphalia
Ms. Hannelore Kraft
I request that your state government recognize the rights of parents to home school their children; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, parents hold the fundamental responsibility and right to ensure the best quality education for their children, and parental choice and involvement are crucial to excellence in education; and
WHEREAS, as a concerned individual I recognize the importance of religious liberties and the right of parents to determine their child's upbringing and the method in which their education should be provided; and
WHEREAS, Germany infringes upon the parental rights of its citizens by forcing children to attend brick and mortar schools for their education and denying parents the right to home school their children; and
WHEREAS, denial of the basic right of parents to choose the manner in which their children are educated goes against the ideals of individual liberty and freedom; and
WHEREAS, the government of Germany justifies its policy against home schooling on a desire to prevent the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Republic of Germany infringes upon the parental rights of its citizens to direct their children’s education, using threats of imprisonment, seizure of their children, and other forms of coercion; and
WHEREAS, however, home educated students around the world have continually exhibited high standards of academic achievement and citizenship; and
WHEREAS, many American statesmen and leaders, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams, John Marshall, Robert E. Lee, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Mark Twain, and Andrew Carnegie were home schooled; and
WHEREAS, home school education offers parents the option of personalized learning opportunities for their children, customized to meet each child's needs and tailored to their particular learning style and strengths; and
WHEREAS, denial of the basic right of parents to choose the manner in which their child is educated goes against the ideals of individual liberty and freedom.
NOW, THEREFORE, let us resolve that your state and the German federal government must recognize the basic, fundamental rights of parents and allow their citizens to determine the educational upbringing of their own children.
I respectfully entreat you to recognize the basic, fundamental rights of parents and allow your citizens to determine the educational upbringing of their own children. No parent should be jailed or fined for trying to exempt their children from classes that violate those families' dearly held religious beliefs such as the belief in Biblical creation, the authority of the Holy Bible or Christian marriage, family and chastity.
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