Published On: Sun, Nov 13th, 2011

German government willing to use force to prevent home schooling


German education officials say they are willing to use “force” as their options dwindle in a years-long fight against a homeschooling family, according to a report today from the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Jurgen and Rosemarie Dudek have been homeschooling their children in Germany for more than a decade, and for a good portion of that time have been battling in court with the government and its attempt to enforce a Nazi-era law requiring public school attendance.

The couple was sentenced to prison but but won an appeal and now is appealing a fine.

But the HSLDA, which has been active in supporting the family’s homeschool efforts, reported today that a letter to the family threatens the use of force.

The letter to the parents from Hesse Regional School Office Director Anita Hoffman said the state may remedy its war against the family with a decision to “take custody of the children from the parents” or to “transport the children to school by force.”

The family’s religious and philosophical conviction that the children would be harmed by a German public school education has inspired others. Their story is being made into a documentary called “Building Education by Trusting God” by Woodcutter Film Studios.

“I believe they’re in a fix, not knowing exactly how to go on with our case,” he said. “So they can only resort to putting all kinds of pressure on us, this time even threatening the forced transportation of our children to school.”

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