A Shield for Freedom: Home Schooling and the Power of the State

*Posted by Winston Hottman

At The Federalist, Jayme Metzgar discusses the relationship between homeschooling and other rights that we hold dear:

Unlike Germany, America has a very strong tradition of liberty and individual rights. With the residual influence of men like Madison and Jefferson still present in our culture, there is far more natural resistance to the notion that the child is “the mere creature of the State.” Residual influence, however, lasts only so long. With academic, media, and political elites growing ever bolder in their dismissal of traditional parental rights, advocates for home schooling are under attack.

All Americans who value liberty, regardless of their personal educational choices, will be impacted by the fate of home education. The freedom to home school is the most visible expression of parental rights exercised against the power of the state. But it becomes even more crucial when it functions as a shield for the freedom of conscience itself. Every person has the absolute right to hold his or her own beliefs, even if those beliefs contradict the prevailing orthodoxy of the day. If teaching your children unpopular beliefs becomes illegal, your right to hold unpopular opinions under any circumstances could soon be in doubt.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article where she discusses the Wunderlichs, a family in Germany whose children were recently taken by government officials because of the family’s home schooling, and the relevance of their story to home education in the US.

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2 Responses to A Shield for Freedom: Home Schooling and the Power of the State

  1. Greg says:

    Well, it might not be best to cite men like Jefferson and Madison who were both enslavers of other human beings, Jefferson having made servants (as the South liked to refer to slaves) of his own offspring. But such is the human creature. In the same vein as Jefferson and Madison, the German federal government claims that, “Germany is a country of freedom.” As we have seen with the seizure of the Wunderlich children by German police (who may have been upholding German law but should feel ashamed), nothing is further from the truth. Germany is a nation of selective freedom, and as with other democracies, wealth has more to do with whether or not one’s rights are protected. Clearly the Wunderlich family were chosen as an example because they were independent of any supporting religious organization and do not have abundant financial means. Had they been members of a major church body such as Catholic or Adventist, for example, whose church bodies have strong legal offices, it is doubtful the Wunderluch family would have been subjected to such harsh treatment by their government. But the Wunderliches were perceived by the German authorities to be defenseless and, therefore, made perfect targets.

    • Hi Greg, interesting take on the reason behind the Wunderlichs being targeted. I would hope that some of the major church bodies would be moved to respond to the incident as a threat to religious freedom, even though it didn’t involve one of their own members.

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