A shocking ruling has come from a judge in Germany where the children were taken from the parents and custody given to the State because the family chose to home educate their children. (Home education is not legal in Germany.) This is not to be confused with the Romeike family who moved to the United States several years ago seeking asylum. They too home educated in Germany and were threatened to have their children taken by the State.
The Wunderlich children were returned to their home after the family agreed to put the children in State run school. After a period of time, the family asked for custody of the children be returned to the parents. Listen up folks, because this is what I think is more shocking than any part of this. The judge refused to return custody of the children to the parents in fear that they might leave the country in order to move to another country (such as France) where they could legally home educate their children. Yes, that is right. This judge and the German government are holding these children hostage so the family cannot leave the country even though the judge said in his ruling that the children were “ academically proficient, well-adjusted socially and without educational deficiencies.” Still, this judge said that, “he was horrified by homeschooling.”
The judge, in his ruling, said that even though the Wunderlich children were academically proficient, well-adjusted socially and without educational deficiencies, he was horrified by homeschooling.
Malkmus compared homeschooling to having the children wear a straitjacket and said he had to make sure the children remained in Germany so they would be integrated into society.
He feared “the children would grow up in a parallel society without having learned to be integrated or to have a dialogue with those who think differently and facing them in the sense of practicing tolerance.”
Such treatment, he warned would be “concrete endangerment to the wellbeing of the child.”
If you think that there aren’t people in the United States that wouldn’t like to go to these measures to keep you from home educating your children, you are wrong. We must remain vigilant. Be aware of what is going on in your State and your country. Keep in contact with your legislators and stay on your knees.