Home schooling German family gets asylum in US
In America, another fascinating home-education tussle has been going on. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have been granted asylum because, they say, they face persecution in Germany for home-educating their children (they have been fined and say they feared losing custody of their five offspring, who are aged between 2 and 12). The judge in their case agreed, saying not only that there was a "well-founded fear of persecution," due to their educational philosophies, but also that that the German policy was "utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans." . . .
The Romeikes told Time magazinethat it was their "fundamental right to decide how we want to teach our children." Uwe Romeike is an evangelical Christian (yes, this is relevant) and he added that their main objection involved what was being taught in the classroom. "The curriculum goes against our Christian values," he said "German schools use textbooks that force inappropriate subject matter onto young children and tell stories with characters that promote profanity and disrespect. . . .