A number of countries are clamping down on family education of children, better known as homeschooling. Parents decide to educate their children in the home instead of sending them off to a government institution or a private school that must adhere to specific state educational guidelines.
Free-sex Sweden is notorious for denying parents the right to educate their children at home. A woman can kill her pre-born baby up until the eighteenth week of pregnancy for any reason, but if she decides to give birth, the State controls her child’s education.
Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife Leah decided to educate their children at home “to ensure that their instruction ran parallel to their Jewish beliefs. Just weeks after an appellate judge’s verdict supported the parents’ right to homeschool their five children, Swedish government officials challenged the decision.”
The Namdars won their battle with the State, but the media and leftist political groups denounced the court decision.
Then there’s the story of Annie and Christer Johansson who had their parental rights terminated in regard to their son, Domenic.
“The boy and his parents were on board a jetliner minutes from departing Sweden for Annie’s home country of India when Domenic was seized in June 2009. The reason authorities initially gave for taking Domenic was that he had been homeschooled.
“During subsequent medical evaluations, Domenic was found to have missed some vaccinations and ‘had cavities’ in his teeth.
“During the first months following his seizure the parents were only permitted to visit Domenic once every two weeks. This quickly became once every five weeks, and in 2010 all visitations were cut off.”
Other Swedish homeschooling families have fled the country when officials threatened to levy massive fines against the parents and retaliate by way of social service directives that don't need court-ordered permission to remove children from so-called abusive homes.
Now we are learning that the German government is clamping down on homeschooling families. In 1938, homeschooling was outlawed in Germany by Adolf Hitler. Given what we know, the law was never rescinded, and the German government is taking full advantage of the Nazi-era law. The German Supreme Court has banned homeschooling to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.”
Germany wants State-sanctioned conformity. Mussolini described modern-day fascistic governments like Sweden and Germany: “Everything for the State; nothing outside the State; nothing against the State.”
It’s always been the dream of tyrannical governments to eliminate all competitive thought. Adolf Hitler understood it better than anybody. The following is from William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ [Adolf Hitler] said in a speech on November 6, 1933, “I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” And on May 1, 1937, [Hitler] declared, “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”1
There is still freedom to educate our children outside the government system. It’s too bad that more parents aren’t taking advantage of that freedom. Why are young people adopting a liberal, politically progressive ideology today? Because they’ve been taught to think this way for the greater part of their young life – 6 hours each day, 5 days a week, 10 months of every year for 12 years.
If you want to change the direction of America, get them out of the government schools before you can't.
- William Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960), 249. [↩]