January 14, 2019 – The German Government Forcibly Removed These Children From Their Parents Over Homeschooling
German police officers forcibly removed the Wunderlich children from their parents for homeschooling, which is illegal in Germany. (Photo: Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
In its decision last week, the European Court of Human Rights has undermined its claim to being the “conscience of Europe” and pitted parents against children. The court was set up to adjudicate disputes between individuals and the state, and yet it misframes this case as one in which the courts must mediate between parent and child: “[International law] requires that a fair balance must be struck between the interests of the child and those of the parent.”
The overt assumptions here—that parents do not have their children’s best interests at heart, and that the state knows better—should trouble any parent, whether your children are educated at home or at school.