Frankfurt, Germany, Sep 4, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- German officials’ seizure of four home-schooled children last week prompted strong objections from American home-schooling advocates who say the country’s ban on the educational practice violates human rights.
“The right to home-school is a human right,” Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said Aug. 30. “Germany has grossly violated these rights of this family.”
On the morning of Aug. 29, the association reports, 20 social workers, armed police officers and special agents took four children from the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, who were educating their children in violation of the national ban on home schooling.
The children range in age from seven to 14. The family lives near Darmstadt, 25 miles southwest of Frankfurt.
“I looked through a window and saw many people, police, and special agents, all armed,” Dirk Wunderlich told the home-school society. “They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me.”
He said three police officers brought a battering ram and were prepared to smash his door. When he let them in, the officers shoved him in a chair and told him they had an order to take the children.
His 14-year-old daughter Machsejah was forcibly taken from the home, he said.
“When I went outside, our neighbor was crying as she watched. I turned around to see my daughter being escorted as if she were a criminal by two big policemen.”
The girl’s mother tried to give her a kiss and a hug goodbye but an agent “roughly elbowed her out of the way,” he said.
Petra Wunderlich said she was “shattered” by the removal of the children.
“We need help. We are fighting, but we need help,” she said.
Mike Donnelly, the home-school society’s Director for International Affairs, questioned why Germany’s leadership allows these “brutal acts.”
“Why is it so important to you to force people into your state schools? The echo of this act rings from a darker time in German history. When will leaders stand up and make changes so that brutality to children like the Wunderlichs no longer happens because of home-schooling?” he asked......
The state cannot sit by and end up with a family of teenage kids who are unable to read and write, but can just about fashion clay or paint a tree.
We're talking Germany here, not inner city USA or UK.
the US public school system is entirely based on the Prussian model
As one young family of German immigrants faces possible deportation after first being granted asylum in the United States to home-school their children, another family in their home country was the subject of a terrifying raid by German officers and the forcible removal of their children for the same reason.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 29, a team of 20 social workers, special agents and police officers armed with a battering ram forced its way into the German home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich. Their crime? They refused to send their children to government-run schools, according to the Home School Legal Defense Fund.
The four Wunderlich children, aged 7 to 14, were forcibly removed from their home near Darmstadt, Germany, for continuing to home-school them in defiance of German law. The Home School Legal Defense Fund reported:
Quote:The children were taken to unknown locations. Officials ominously promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children “anytime soon.”
Mr. Wunderlich described the moment police arrived at his home, according to the Home School Legal Defense Fund:
Quote:I looked through a window and saw many people, police, and special agents, all armed.
They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me.
I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it.
The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first.
It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children. At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist.
‘You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie.
Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.
They weren’t being nice at all. When my wife tried to give my daughter a kiss and a hug goodbye, one of the special agents roughly elbowed her out of the way and said — “It’s too late for that.”
The Home School Legal Defense Fund began calling for worldwide action, and the international media has responded. The Wunderlichs’ plight has garnered outrage as well as media support from such outlets as the Canadian Free Press, Great Britain’s The Mail Online as well as the American media.
Meanwhile, in the case of the Romeike family, the German immigrants living in Tennessee, a group of 27 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting he reconsider the deportation order. The White House has chosen to not get involved.
Quote:The Wunderlichs’ plight has garnered outrage as well as media support from such outlets as the Canadian Free Press
Quote:We're talking Germany here, not inner city USA or UK.
I've mentioned this before... the US public school system is entirely based on the Prussian model.