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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
WND Columnist Perpetuates Homeschooling Myths
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Jerry Newcombe writes in his Jan. 28 WorldNetDaily column:

There is another German family, the Romeikes, that came to America for religious asylum. In their native country, they, too, ran afoul of the government for trying to protect their children from some of the anti-Christian influences in the German public schools – the same kind of influences often found in American public schools for that matter.

Who knows better than the parents what is in the children’s best interest? Hasn’t God given the parents the responsibility of their children, even if they delegate that teaching to others? Is it not still in the place of the parents, “in loco parentis”?

The Obama administration seems bent on helping illegal immigrants, but they’re actively working to oust the Romeike family (which has abided by all the immigration laws) from the U.S., as this case winds itself through the courts.

In fact, as we've pointed out, the Romeikes also rejected private and religious schools in Germany, claming that they were "just as bad or even worse" than public schools. The Romeikes could have also chosen to work toward creating a school in Germany that more closely aligns with their claimed "Christian faith," but they apparently chose not to.

Newcombe adds:

Who made homeschooling illegal in Germany? “Der Fuhrer” in 1938. But the law is still on the books and is still being enforced.

In fact, William Shirer, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” points out, “The German schools, from first grade through the universities, were quickly Nazified.”

Hitler declared on Nov. 6, 1933: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side.’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. … What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”

Hitler later declared, on May 1, 1937: “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”

In fact, compulory schooling has been a tradition in Germany for a good 200 years.

Newcombe then tries a laughable CYA addendum:

Please note: I am not saying that those who oppose homeschooling, including the judge in Germany or officials here in America, are Nazis or akin to Hitler. But we need to see the statist context in which this anti-homeschooling law was passed in the first place.

Newcombe is being disingenuous. If he wasn't trying to at least implicitly liken any critic of homeschooling to Nazis, there would be no need to bring up that erroneous claim. Why else would he and his WND colleagues do it so much?

Posted by Terry K. at 9:08 AM EST

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