View Full Version : homeschooling and Germany

Smiling Dawn
01-11-2008, 08:23 AM

Thought I'd share this with all of you.

01-12-2008, 08:51 AM
Sad. Thanks for sharing this. We can all remember to pray regularly for those whose freedom to express their faith in their everyday lives (as in homeschooling) is being curtailed.

01-13-2008, 11:33 AM
so sad......we live in the netherlands, the country next to germany.....
it;s tough here as well, but thank God not as tough as in Germany. we always said that we would flee to Belgium or the states when we are no longer allowed to homeschool. Hope that never comes, cause I love my country ;-(

01-13-2008, 11:52 AM
Wow! So sad!

01-13-2008, 03:30 PM
What are the laws in the Netherlands lake, Patricia?

We just finished reading "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates". The kids really enjoyed it! We spent some time looking at a map of the canals, and seeing how it connected the cities mentioned in the book.

02-10-2008, 09:31 AM
Very troubling.

02-17-2008, 09:35 AM
This is scary. What happens if we are stationed in Germany? I more than likely wouldn't be able to homeschool. YIKES! That drives me crazy, cause I have my teaching degree... my certification, I can homeschool my children anywhere in the US, but I still have to be concerned with ending up in different places overseas.

Those poor families...

02-17-2008, 12:30 PM
I think that if you're living on base, it's like being in the United States, and would still be following American laws.

02-17-2008, 05:45 PM
I think that if you're living on base, it's like being in the United States, and would still be following American laws.

I believe that is the case, as well. Most of those sorts of laws only apply to citizens or anyone there on a temporary citizenship type thing (like a work visa or student visa).

02-17-2008, 10:02 PM
Hmm... I will hope that to be so, but my DH who has lived in Germany six years, all with his parents in the Army, says that you have to follow the rules of the host country. I may check into it. My friends who are in the Azores (with the AF) were questioned concerning their homeschooling there. It didn't seem to be a huge issue, but the host country did inquire to them about it.

Maybe it does depend on the type of law.

03-04-2008, 11:12 AM
There is no clear law, but there was a rejection of someone's petition to homeschool that specifically stated that military families must comply with compulsory education laws:

"For comparison consider the situation of children in foreign armed forces in Niedersachsen. According to Number 3.1.1 of the decree of the Ministry of Education and Culture, “Supplementary regulations to compulsory school attendance and to the legal relationship to school” of August 29, 1995, the compulsory school attendance exists independent of citizenship. Children of members of stationed military forces are therewith fundamentally under the compulsory attendance law even in Germany. They fulfill their compulsory schooling, however, through attendance at schools run by the stationing armed forces. If this were not to occur, they would be required to attend school at a German school, and that would be regardless of the length of stationing of the parent, or parents."

This is, however, in Niedersachsen, where there are no American military bases.

The second question is, of course, would they bother? Particularly if you are living on base, what real interest do they have to pursue? Likely it is one of things and will be one of those things that the state just ignores. It only came up in this letter because the family was trying to use the example of military families as a defense since they are "visiting" on an extended work visa.