Homeschooling in America and in Europe

Homeschooling in America and in Europe


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The right of parents to choose the kind of education their children receive is guaranteed by a number of international human rights conventions. However, the scope of these rights is disputed. One of the most controversial areas is that of homeschooling: the right of the parent to carry out a child's education under his or her own supervision. This right exists in France, the United Kingdom, every American jurisdiction, and most English speaking countries, but is not recognized (except under very limited circumstances) in Germany and in Sweden. In this book, specialists in American, German, and European human rights law examine the questions underlying the philosophical and legal justification (or non-justification) of homeschooling in modern society.

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ISBN-13: 9781498269544
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael P. Farris 7

Preface Dallas K. Miller 9

Creature of the State? Homeschooling, the Law, Human Rights, and Parental Autonomy Michael P. Donnelly 17

Introduction 17

Brief History of Homeschooling in America 21

Lighting the Fuse 21

Overcoming Objections 24

Making the Grade 25

Can't We Just Get Along? 27

We Fought the Law and We Won 28

Demarcation 32

United States of America 34

European Influence: England, France, Germany, and Canada 38

Conclusion 43

Compulsory Education-in Schools Only? Divergent Developments in Germany Thomas Schirrmacher 47

Summary 47

Introduction 48

Paragraph 1666 is Misused 53

Responding Educationally 55

The Many True Truants 57

Freedom of Religion Also Belongs within the Realm of Education 59

Make Exceptions! 59

Homeschooling as an Alternative for Special Cases 60

Compulsory School Attendance Is a Child of Absolutism 62

Compulsory Education in Germany Is Also a Legacy of National Socialism 63

The Justification of Homeschooling Vis-A-Vis the European Human Rights System John Warwick Montgomery 67

Introduction 67

Philosophical Considerations and Their Relevance to Home-schooling 68

The European Court and Homeschooling 71

Appendix The Current Homeschool Situation in Sweden Michael P. Donnelly 77

Legal Yet Disfavored 77

Documented Cases of Harsh Treatment of Homeschooling Families in Sweden 81

About the Authors 85

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