Skip to comments.Swedish Home-Schoolers Flee 'Parental Inquisition'
Posted on 04/16/2012 9:54:14 AM PDT by reaganaut1
Before 2010, it was possible to home-school in Sweden. But new laws now ban the practice in almost all cases and forces private schools to teach the state curriculum.
Swedish human rights lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson calls what's happening in Sweden a "parental inquisition."
"Sweden's treatment of parents in the area of education is totalitarian, essentially. They want to take children from birth to graduation and control them," said Michael Donnelly, director of international relations at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
Donnelly claims Sweden's treatment of parents violates established standards of human rights.
"In fact, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights signed in 1947 actually says ... that parents have a 'prior right' to decide the kind of education their children should have," he explained.
But Sweden's ambassador to the United States said, "The [Swedish] government does not find that home schooling is necessary for religious or philosophical reasons."
Fear of 'Indoctrination'
Parents are pressured to put their children in daycare at age one.
"One mother told me when she went with her 18 month son to his medical checkup, and he was not in daycare. They said, 'Oh, your son is not in daycare? But he has to go to daycare. He needs that and you need to work,'" Himmselstrand told CBN News.
"The argument they give about this is that every child has a 'right' to daycare. This is not a right that parents are allowed to interfere with."
Donnelly said there is a bad historical precedent for Sweden's control of children and education: the dictatorships of the last century.
"This seems to be what's happening in Sweden," he said. "They want to get the kids. They want to socialize them in the way they think is appropriate, and they don't want the parents involved."
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Nobody expects the Parental Inquisition! Oh, wait...
I wonder, are the Swedes forcing the Muslims to give up their kids, too?
I’m sure the exemption for Muzzies was put in early in the crafting of the legislation. The Left is in love with the Muzzies and wouldn’t do anything to hurt them since their goals and methods are virtually the same.
It is a part of why we moved away from California. That state is not at all friendly to homeschoolers and once they decide to come after a family they won’t let go. We didn’t have that problem ourselves because none of our kids get a SSN until they turn 18 that way the state never knows they’re around in the first place.
Naturally in the United States we don't allow this. We prefer our tyranny to come at the hands of the educational unions.
lol you are hardcore..... total respect to you and husband :)
The enticement of the tax deduction is not enough for us to risk Satan waltzing through our front door in the guise of a school district social worker who ostensibly wants to ‘socialize’ our kids.
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