Is Bob Hutton trying to make me out a liar? Three posts he's made this month, and we're barely halfway through it. By the Lord Harry, his keyboard must be on fire!
Anyways, his latest is yet another persecution-ejaculation, on the subject of Germany's very sensible recent ban on homeschooling. Hutton waxes lyrical about how "In the Nazi era a law was passed making it compulsory for all parents to send their kids to state schools," thus throwing a rather sinister light on this recent ban.
Whoops! Did I say "recent"? Did Hutton attribute it to a political party which came into power in 1933?
According to The Fount Of All Knowledge, homeschooling is illegal in Germany, and:
Mandatory school attendance has been in place since 1918.
That's not to say that the law hasn't been flouted. Oh no. And guess which group tends to flout the law most often? Yeah, you got it one. Christians. In fact the only "recent" thing about this story is that there have been a few headline-making cases, in the last few years, of fundamentalist and evangelical Christians claiming to be persecuted when told to obey the same law-of-the-land which every other German citizen has had to obey for nearly a century.
Boo-hoo. My tears, I cannot hide. Smoke gets in your eyes.
Of course, this isn't the only problem Bobby the Bouncing Bombast has with people not being allowed to keep their kids at home and fill their heads with bullshit. Of course not! He hasn't had a moan about gay people for ooh… days! If he falls behind on his quota, the Amalgamated Union of Brats, Buffoons, Balderdashers and Bigots will kick him out…
For myself, I sent my boys to state school and have not regretted it. However, I fully respect the views of those who wish to home educate, especially when one considers that education today is even more godless and satanic than it was 20 years ago. In the 1990s when my sons were at school, the teachers were not obliged to teach sexual perversion to children as they are now.
I hardly think I need comment on that little masterpiece. How could I gild refined gold? Would my effort not be wasted, Gentle Reader, were I to attempt painting the lily?
But here's the thing, when we've had our fun smirking at Hutton's inane drivel. Homeschooling, for all that we've all known the occasional case where it worked out well, is, essentially, the withholding from children of a proper education. There is a reason why we require our school-teachers to have gained qualifications before letting them loose in our classrooms. It's a highly skilled job, requiring not only knowledge of how to teach, but knowledge of the subjects to be taught. It is most definitely not something you should be deemed qualified to do, merely for having managed to perform the same act of breeding which every other mammal on the planet manages without even being able to rhyme cat with mat.
You do not own your children. They are not your property. You are their guardian, not their gaoler. Their guide, not their tyrant. They are in your care, not your thrall. They are future citizens of their countries and of the world, and they deserve a decent education, to prepare them to deal with that world, regardless of their parents' politics or religion.
As the European Court Of Human Rights stated, when upholding Germany's ban, in 2006:
"parents may not refuse… [compulsory schooling] on the basis of their convictions", and added that the right to education "calls for regulation by the State". The European Court took the position that the plaintiffs were the children, not their parents, and declared "children are unable to foresee the consequences of their parents' decision for home education because of their young age…. Schools represent society, and it is in the children's interest to become part of that society. The parents' right to educate does not go as far as to deprive their children of that experience."
Hutton entitled his putrid little rant "Germany's Shame."
Raise a glass with me, Gentle Reader, and let us toast Germany's Glory.
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