There are many news reports and blog posts about a young German girl, Melissa Busekros, removed from her family because she is home schooled. The majority of what I’ve read in blogs is really just copies of what someone else has said or copies of newspaper reports. Here are a few quotes with some original thought.
Blog Mom Is Teaching said: “Home schooling has been illegal in Germany for many years, Adolf Hitler created the bans on home education in order to force every child into the public school system, which at that time was nothing more than giant brainwashing camps for the Nazi cause. Though Hitler is gone those laws remain in effect. Melissa was forcibly removed from her home and placed in a psychiatric institute for having “school phobia” and her parents here stripped of their rights.”
Worldwide Home Education News said: “The psychologist and professor, who interviewed Melissa busekros concluded that she is absolutely normal and healthy and has a strong personality.”
I’m surprised that I haven’t been able to find any comments from Australian home schooling advocates and commentators about this I thought there would be comments from at least some.
Woops I did find this on Education Choices – a copy of a worldnetdaily.com report “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.”
Another comment from worldnetdaily.com, “”Apparently, Germany has decided that it can determine when and where the children go to school;”
Is it up to governments or parents to decide where and when children should go to school? I think it’s up to parents. I’d hate to think of my children being taken away from me because we choose homeschooling. I wonder if this is just an old law which some are taking advantage of or whether it represents a more general feeling against home education. I doubt that Australia would ever go down this track.