SecProgs create the West’s first refugees since WWII:
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. Romeike decided to uproot his family in 2008 after he and his wife had accrued about $10,000 in fines for homeschooling their three oldest children and police had turned up at their doorstep and escorted them to school. “My kids were crying, but nobody seemed to care,” Romeike says of the incident.
One of the Romeikes’ concerns was about their kids getting bullied. But their main objection involved what was being taught in the classroom. “The curriculum goes against our Christian values,” Uwe says. “German schools use textbooks that force inappropriate subject matter onto young children and tell stories with characters that promote profanity and disrespect.”
And then there are the social aspects of going to school. Homeschooling parents tend to want to shield their children from negative influences. But this quest often runs counter to the idea that schools represent society and help promote tolerance. “No parental couple can offer a breadth of education [that can] replace experienced teachers,” says Kraus, of the German Teachers’ Association. “Kids also lose contact with their peers.”
Concerns that homeschooling could lead to insularity – or worse, as Kraus puts it, “could help foster the development of a sect” – are shaping policy debates in European countries. In Britain, for example, Parliament is considering legislation that would create a new monitoring system to ensure that homeschooled kids get a suitable education.
In Sweden, where parents have to apply for permission to teach their children at home, the government is planning to impose even tougher restrictions on homeschoolers. And in Spain, parents are not allowed to educate their children at home. Period. If a child has special needs that prevent him from attending school, a teacher will be sent to his home.
By contrast, homeschooling is legal in all 50 U.S. states, some of which don’t require families to notify authorities of their intent to teach their children at home. Tennessee is among the states that require some form of notice as well as periodic assessment tests.
Notice in their stated objections there is nothing to suggest home schoolers are any less prepared academically. They are in fact some of our better prepared students when they hit college, and consistently outperform students from traditional school environments. The main concerns the SecProgs seem to have with home schooling is that it may promote cultural “insularity”. As if such a thing is a crime and not a virtue in this post-modern cultural sewer they’re attempting to foist on us. But if, on the other hand, said insularity were the result of muslim ghettoization instead of christian homeschooling, that would be called “diversity”! And “multiculturalism”! See how that works, gentle readers? Christianity is sectarian insularity, while Islam is religious diversity and multiculturalism! Heads they win, tails you lose! When the SecProgs came calling on the Romeike’s, their first mistake was being Christian. Their second was not showing up at the door under a burqa.