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On another blog, you defended Germany’s law against homeschooling.
I oppose the law so strongly that I will not raise a child in Germany.
The basic problem is that the gives schools absolute control over the lives of citizens. America is known for being in love with guns, but quite the opposite is true for schools. A child can be convicted of a felony for accidentally leaving a pocketknife in his/her backpack.
The only method that can absolutely prevent that is homeschooling.
Sometimes, the child is simply sent to an „alternative“ school for problem children. However, those places are often dangerous, or at least substandard. In Germany, a family would have no choice but to accept the punishment. In America, the family has a choice.
Your comments actually show why public school attendance does not promote tolerance for others who are different. Those who are different simply experience severe bullying. School authorities rarely are able to stop it. In Germany, one would be powerless to prevent it. But, in America, one can homeschool. It may or may not be an ideal solution permanently, but the option needs to exist.
Ultimately, no matter how good public schools supposedly are, the option of homeschooling has to be there. I have no tolerance for any country with different laws.
Well, nobody makes ou do it. As you write English I presume you are not German either, so you most probably never get into the situation to decide whether to raise a child in Germany or not.
The basic problem is that the gives schools absolute control over the lives of citizens.
No. Not absolute control. Like eveywhere where grown ups are to take care of children. No different from homeschools or kindergartens. Plus: We have religious education in Germany that is controlled by the churches. So there is no absolute control like the children only hear one story. Plusplus: Except for higher classes, school is out at around 1 pm so parents have the whole afternoon to „control“ or influence their children. It’s not like in the USA or France, where children stay all day long in the school, so parents hardly see them plus there is no kind of religious education or other nonstate influence. If you keep those things in mind, you see that the control of the state is by no means absolute.
America is known for being in love with guns, but quite the opposite is true for schools. A child can be convicted of a felony for accidentally leaving a pocketknife in his/her backpack.
It’s not allowed to bring weapons to school in Germany as well. And a pocket knife can count as a weapon. I’m not sure if you can convict the child of felony in that case, but then again: US jurisdiction appears ridiculous to many Germans or even Europeans. From here it looks like all Americans do all day long is sueing the hell out of one another… okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea.
Why would you have a pocket knife in the backpack anyway? Usually you use this backpack for school only, where pocket knives are not allowed…
No, you can also just leave the knife at home or see that your kinds don’t own any knife in the first place. I used to ask my grandpa for a pocket knife when I needed one as a kid and I gave it back to him afterwards. He lived in the same house. No big deal. I do not own an own pocketknife to this day.
Sometimes, the child is simply sent to an “alternative” school for problem children. However, those places are often dangerous, or at least substandard.
Yes, there are children being sent to other schools here if they cause problems. I know of two cases. The two guys went to the next school which was the same standard and of one I know he got much better marks there. The standard here is public schools, and there is no substandard. There are differences in the bigger cities, but in those cases the first school would have been of a bad standard, too. Plus: There is no law that keeps you from homeschooling your child after it gets home from school, so if you are not content, you can add on the public school standard. Or you can send your child to a religious private school. They cost you no money and they have a good reputation.
Those who are different simply experience severe bullying.
I experienced my fair share of bullying myself, and it wasn’t before 9th grade that I felt like I was a normal class member. But what can you do? Bullying is part of the world, if you do not learn to deal with it, you will need somebody for your whole life to shield you from any bad words or worse. Is there bullying in classrooms? Of curse. Do teachers do something about it? I can not name one teacher who didn’t in my case. As I said: Bullying is part of the world we live in. It’s not nice, but we’ll have to deal with it one way or another. There are things you can do about it. Shielding your child from any bad experience is one possibility, but I’d say this won’t help your child, it would rather harm. Because that way you don’t find your own way to deal with it in your later life, where there will be more bullying and there will be no mom and dad protectting you. Except you life alone in the woods. But we don’t have places so remote in Germany, that you won’t meet many people.
It may or may not be an ideal solution permanently, but the option needs to exist.
It’s not only not an ideal solution, it’s no solution at all. But even in Germany you can see if you put your child into another school and hope there are less bullies. And you can always help your child to get self confidence, which helps most.
Homeschooling the child is also just an option for those who are able to afford it. And who are educated enough to do so. So if your child is bullied and you need to earn your money, you can do nothing but let some friends homeschool your child. And then there will be other children who could be bullies as well.
And I have no tolerance for countries that are so babaric to have capital punishment. Seems we both were born at the right place for us.
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