Sunday, October 1, 2006

"Everybody is just naturally going to fight for their lick at the spoon."

HT, Principled Discovery. Homeschooling remains illegal in Germany. The legacy of Hitler lives on:

The European Court of Human Rights gave another setback to German homeschoolers by affirming that the interests of the State trump the rights of parents to educate their children. Yesterday, the Court denied a request from the parents of Joshua and Rebekka Konrad to rule Germany’s ban on homeschooling violates their human rights as parents to educate their own children under the European Convention on Human Rights.

[..] However, the Court decided in favor of Germany, stating that “Parents may not refuse the right to education of a child on the basis of their convictions” and adding that the right to education in Article 2 “by its very nature calls for regulation by the State.”

Although the Court admitted that “it cannot be formally said that the applicant parents are seeking to impose their religious convictions against their children’s will,” the Court upheld the findings of German Administrative Courts that “the applicant children were unable to foresee the consequences of their parents decision for home education because of their young age.”

The Court also agreed with the finding of German Administrative courts that “Schools represented society, and it was in the children’s interest to become part of that society. The parents’ right to education did not go as far as to deprive their children of that experience.”

While the Court postured itself as defending the rights of the child and declared the State to know better than parents the best interests of their children, it also endorsed a “carefully reasoned” decision of the German courts indicating the State had an interest in subordinating value systems competing with the state’s secular values. The Court agreed with the finding of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court which stressed “the general interest of society to avoid the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions and the importance of integrating minorities into society.”
Now go read Billy Beck:
... nobody can ever have a political beef over education if everybody is spending their own money on the thing like it's a business -- which is exactly what it is. It's an economic good that must be produced and brought to market just like pints of yogurt or broadband internet. Leave people alone to spend their money on what they want, which means: observe private property, which means: keeps your grubby mitts off other peoples' shits. Else: when everybody is paying for everybody eles's education, it won't be long before you have every creep in your woodwork getting teevee-face behind a demand for their fair chair on the educational vig.
Licking the spoon at Dust my Broom.

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