Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Authorities haul crying children away to avoid 'danger' from parental teachings

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Achtung! Germany drags homeschool kids to class
Authorities haul crying children away to avoid 'danger' from parental teachings

Posted: October 25, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2006

A Nazi-era law requiring all children to attend public school, to avoid "the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions" that could be taught by parents at home, apparently is triggering a Nazi-like response from police.

The word comes from Netzwerk Bildungsfreiheit, or Network for Freedom in Education, which confirmed that children in a family in Bissingen, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, have been forcibly hauled to a public school.

More here.

I had to halt my Nightmare on Landlord Street story for this one. I think a good rule in life should be whenever you doubt which path to choose just do the opposite of what the Nazis did. You really can't go wrong with that.

Here is a little more on Germany's glowing tolerance;

Hitler’s Ghost Haunts German Parents

Of all religious groups Baptists were among the most fiercely persecuted in the Soviet Union. They were not just Christians but they also distrusted the state, preaching an institutional secession from state-run institutions. Many Baptists belonged to the German-speaking minority in Southern Russia and Kazakhstan. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they emigrated to Germany, the land where their forefathers had originally come from. Today, these Baptist immigrants from Russia, as well as the Low-German Mennonites, are being prosecuted in Germany because they are unhappy with what their children are learning in the German public schools, which they consider too secular. Children are not allowed to opt out of classes or school activities and homeschooling is illegal in Germany since Adolf Hitler outlawed it in 1938.

More here

And if that's not enough Hitler for ya-there's still more.

Germany Imprisons Mum. Dad and Kids Flee to Austria

Last Thursday the German police arrested Katharina Plett, a homeschooling mother of twelve. Yesterday her husband fled to Austria with the children. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany since Hitler banned it in 1938. The Plett family belongs to a homeschooling group of seven Baptist families in Paderborn. We wrote about their case last year.
More here

Wolfgang Ischinger
German Embassy
4645 Reservoir Road
NW Washington, DC, 20007-1998 (202) 298-4000

Homeschoolers and freedom minded folks certainly have enough intelligence to be outraged on their own, without ranting from me. I'll just include the above bit of information-just for fun.


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