The U.S. government has argued that the German Romeike family’s right to homeschool is not worthy of protection. How does the government’s argument threaten homeschoolers in the United States? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris answers this question.
Mike, the outcome of this appeal in the Sixth Circuit—how could that affect homeschoolers here in America?
Well, Jim, it would be indirect, but it could set a precedent that’s very dangerous. The core question is going to be whether or not homeschooling is the exercise of a fundamental liberty that would justify an asylum claim. And while it’s going to arise in the context of international human rights standards, those standards and constitutional standards in this country are on parallel tracks, and our courts pretty much use the same basic principles to decide both of those things. And so, if this court holds that homeschooling is not a fundamental human right, it’s the same as saying, more or less, as homeschooling is not a constitutional right. And that equivalence is very dangerous. If we are going to lose our rights as homeschoolers, we’re in real trouble. And in one way it does suggest something that’s very important; all of us as homeschoolers stand together. If one nation is allowed to ban homeschooling and persecute people the way the Romeikes are being persecuted, then we are affected as well, so this is a real call for homeschoolers to stand together, no matter where our fellow homeschoolers are being persecuted.
Mike, is there something our listeners can do?
They should go to our website and link to the White House petition. That’s very important. Sign the White House petition.
Thanks, Mike. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.