Advancing the goal of tolerance in society may require denying parents the right to determine their children's education, the U.S. Justice Department argued in a legal brief for the case of a German homeschooling family seeking asylum.
The Romeikes fled to the United States from Germany when they were faced with heavy fines and the possibility of having their children taken away from them for choosing to homeschool rather than send their children to the German public schools. They chose to homeschool because they believed the public schools were teaching their children lessons antithetical to their evangelical Christian beliefs.
Though they were initially granted asylum by a district judge, an immigration court and the Justice Department has sought to send them back to Germany. In May, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Justice Department. The Justice Department's June 26 brief is in response to a request for a rehearing of the case filed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which is representing the Romeikes. more >>
The Justice Department said German laws outlawing homeschooling do not constitute persecution and they want a German homeschooling family kicked out of the United States, according to a briefing filed in a high profile asylum case.
"The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society," the Justice Department brief states in their battle against the Romeike family. "Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany."
Germany has a national law requiring children to either attend public school or a government-approved private school. more >>
WASHINGTON – A German family who chose to homeschool their six children for religious reasons is currently still residing in the United States and their legal counsels say they're willing to go all the way to the Supreme Court to fight for their right to receive political asylum in the U.S.
Jim Mason, senior counsel and litigation director of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), told The Christian Post that HSLDA received a response to their letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesay basically saying that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit made the right decision in deciding that the Romeike family should not have asylum in the U.S.
Mason said that the homeschool legal group will file a reply to the DOJ. And his colleague Michael Donnelly, HSLDA's director of International Relations and Staff Counsel, said if the Sixth Circuit Court won't rehear the case, "we're heading to the Supreme Court." more >>
Former Wall Street banker Lisa Endlich Heffernan has reignited the heated issue of domesticity and a woman's role in the workforce with her short essay "Why I Regret Being a Stay-at-Home Mom." While her article casts domesticity in a negative light, other mothers who have spent years in and out of the workforce present a very different picture.
"Although I am fully aware that being a SAHM [her acronym for "Stay-At-Home Mom"] was certainly a luxury, staring at an empty nest and very diminished prospects of employment, I have real remorse," Heffernan writes in the Huffington Post.
She also lamented losing the respect of her husband and children. Her three boys "saw me cooking, cleaning, driving, volunteering and even writing, but they know what a 'job' looks like and they don't think I had one." She remarked that "my husband sees me as his equal, but in the years that I have been home, our partnership has developed a faint 1950's whiff." more >>
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order that the Department of Justice must respond to a rehearing request regarding the legal status of a German homeschooling family.
Issued last Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit's order was done on behalf of the Home School Legal Defense Association, which is presenting the Romeike family.
James R. Mason III, senior counsel with the HSLDA, told The Christian Post that the court's order was "a step in the right direction." more >>
Our education system is broiling with two major, conflicting trends: Centralization and school choice. The most rapidly growing trend is the explosion of growth over the past decade of enrollment in charter schools and homeschooling.
Homeschooling has been growing by 7 to 8 percent for the past decade, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. Enrollment in charter schools-a new type of public school-has tripled in the past decade. Both now boast approximately the same number of students, 2.5 million each, which together comprises about one in ten of all school-age U.S. children.
Public school enrollment over the same period has also increased about 2 percent. It's important to note that recent figures bandied about the Internet claiming "seven times faster enrollment growth in homeschools than public schools," are false. More importantly, all these numbers point to how U.S. education is quickly changing at the margins, even as most public schools face yet another consolidation movement known as Common Core national education standards. more >>