No, I don't think school choice and homeschooling are inherently human rights. I support homeschooling and I don't agree with the fact that they don't allow it but I certainly do not see anything wrong in not offering asylum.
I don't think I would pursue kicking these people out either but I can't get worked up about them being sent back to Germany.
I do see something wrong with your use of "they are not hispanic" wowza.
Mom to Elizabeth (5) and Corinne (3)
Truth - they came here legally and were granted asylum and the administration stepped in to reverse it.. after two years of living here, working, productive, and bearing at least one CITIZEN of the US.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
Anyway, glad to know that you don't' actually believe that the liberals on this board are anti-christian. Mind you your original comment now makes a lot less sense.
Last edited by KimPossible; 05-15-2013 at 03:22 PM.
RG~No they weren't granted asylum automatically. You can't file until you have been here for a year. You have to get here first. They got here which is fine with me.
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Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
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Sorry for jumping in. I?m from Germany and started reading this site when I worked as an aupair in Canada. Now years later I still lurk occasionally and this topic caught my attention.
As I said, I?m from Germany and work here as a teacher. Maybe some information about the German school system and its relationship with religion might be helpful. As a warning, I?m biased because I work here and agree with the German law.
1.) Germany has a mostly half day school which means the kids are in school from about 8 am to 1 pm. This means 5 hours in school vs. 19 hours at home. How much harm can be done then?
2.) Germany has no separation between religion and state. So religion plays a role in the daily school life especially in the southern states (where the family came from and I teach). In my school every classroom has a cross on the wall, the school year starts and ends with the school members going to church and in some schools there are even daily morning prayers. Of course if children have a different or no religion they either stay at home or in school during mass. If parents object to the cross in the classroom, it will be taken down in their children?s classroom.
3.) All schools have to follow a core curriculum which of course means biology classes. But religious education is also mandatory. So the students learn the scientific facts in their biology lessons and the religious point of view in their religion classes. Both biology and religion classes are (at least in my state) each two hours per week. The class splits up for the religious education and they attend either Catholic or Protestant religion lessons (the main religious groups in Germany), in bigger cities they have also started with Islam classes and the other kids have an Ethics class during that time. And even though this family follows a different religion they could have sent their kids to one of the two religion classes without problems.
4.) We also have religious schools here which the children could have attended.
So, I can?t see how our school system can be considered anti-Christian or how Germany persecutes Christian families.
I know no one who would be in favor of changing the laws regarding homeschooling. In my view it is a human right for children to get an education and have the same possibilities other children have. It is also necessary to experience a plurality of life styles especially in a plural society like Germany. How can the children really choose their way of life without being exposed to all kinds of lifestyles? So in my (and also many Germans) mind(s) the rights of the child are more important than the rights of the parents. To come back to the thread title, I think it's ridiculous and also awful of the family to put themselves on the same level as people who are in real need of asylum.
Please excuse my bad English. It?s late and after a long day at school my brain is no longer fully functioning.