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Home Schooling vs Conventional Schooling
By Michelle Mathews
Posted August 11, 2007

            Home schooling is a practice that is both familiar and mostly accepted in the United States. But how about in other parts of the world? In Germany, for instance the practice has been met with opposition.

According to Christian and Lula Tiews, German-American home schoolers in Missouri, home schooling offers many advantages over conventional school. Aside from the tailored curriculum home schooling offers, Christian Tiews added that those who have been home schooled tend to have higher SAT scores.

“Home schoolers are much sought after by top-notch colleges, businesses and the military,” Christian Tiews said.

Other distinctions between home schooled children versus children who are not home schooled include social interaction, according to Tiews.

“Home schoolers know how to interact with different age groups,” Tiews said. “They are not as prone to being swayed by peer influence as are children educated in a formal classroom.”

So if the practice has so many positive aspects, why is it being opposed by the German government?

According to the Tiews, both German law and the German public have expressed opposition to home schooling because the practice falls under the title of a “parallel society.” Parallelgesellschaften, or parallel society, is any mindset that is contrary to today’s more liberal and secular Germany. Many home schoolers are taught creationism, said Christian Tiews, instead of teaching evolution, as is mandatory in the German education system.

Tiews said the only way to change public opinion of home schooling in Germany would be for the European Union to endorse it.

This poses a problem, as Germany is facing this battle alone, according to Christian Tiews.

Sabine Barnhart of Fort Worth, Texas, was schooled in Germany and moved to the United States in 1980. In her article entitled, “Homeschooling is Verboten in Deutschland,” Barnhart writes some 80 families are persecuted for choosing to home school their children.

Barnhart said it is imperative to change public and political opinions through education in order to make home schooling a more acceptable practice in Germany.

“At this point, home schooling is against the law and will be prosecuted by the state,” Barnhart said.

Barnhart said a child who is taught by his parents is influenced in the most positive of ways.

“[The children] will learn how to care and help younger children and siblings within their home,” Barnhart said. “They will learn from the older generation good mannerisms and morals that same age children quite simply do not yet possess. A public school teacher does not have the time to engage in such close relationships with the pupils.”

Barnhart also said parents are the “natural guardians over their children, and not the Federal Government.”

Barnhart said both the United States and European governments dictate to local schools a curriculum that often times go against what parents believe should be taught. This is what is believed must change. 


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