|Funny, they don't look dangerous. PACE might wonder what they are plotting.|
Once again, Europe is overreacting to the potential that extremist Muslims might create schools in their midst. Europe is involved in wholehearted attempts to integrate foreigners into their societies. Although I understand the intent, I disagree in the manner in which this is being done.
This week, the Parliamentary Association of the Council of Europe, or PACE declared that homeschooling should be severely restricted because it opens the possibiities of parallel societies !
In order to make doubly sure that no Terror Camps for Tots emerge in their nations, they want to ensure that no one homeschools ! That's a bit like stopping pertussis by beheading all of the children in a nation who are of an age in which pertussis could be fatal ! Stopping homeschooling removes an excellent and viable means of education for many.
Why should we care what happens in Europe ? We should care because whatever madness comes to Europe, sooner or later hops the pond to our shores. In the United States, homeschooling has provided the only means for many families who can't afford a private school education to ensure a superior education for their children. My own children have graduated from universities with honors following almost exclusively homeschooling. I am not entirely sure, had they remained in the chaos of the public school system that they would have had the inclination, desire, and the nerves to continue in college and university. Why discount an entire alternative that has been proven to benefit many families ?
If Europe wishes to monitor Neo-Nazi's, extremist Muslims, Mansonites, and Ku-Klux-Klanners then knock yourself out. Our nation is already monitoring the Conservatives at our expense. Perhaps keeping their meddling hands off the only bodies of learning which are successfully teaching reading, writing, history, geography, and the like should be left unmolested ! After all, we are going to need someone to do the work and the thinking of the world after the rest are simply mesmerized by their iphones.
Information on this development:
Council of Europe Threatens Homeschooling
On Fighting "Sects"