In a victory for homeschooling and educational freedom, the Department of Homeland Security today, reacting from yesterday’s Supreme Court’s denial to hear their case, has granted asylum to the Romeike family, a German family that fled persecution from a Nazi-era compulsory school law that bans homeschooling.
This dramatic decision reverses the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the family’s plea for asylum, granting the family “indefinite preferred status,” meaning that they can stay in the US permanently.
The decision comes at a time when the German school system’s rigid ban on homeschooling has been coming under fire in the international community.
In November of 2012, the first annual holding of the Global Home Education Conference to place in Berlin to affirm the natural human right for parents to educate their children independent of the state. Among the documents cited supporting this right was Article 26, Section 3 of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights, which says that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”
Unfortunately, however, the same article also declares that education shall education, in at least the “elementary and fundamental states” (whatever that means), must be “free” and “compulsory.”