Homeschooling families in Germany have been in a bull’s-eye since Adolf Hitler was in power, and WND has reported over the years on a German teen who was ordered into a psychiatric ward for being home schooled and parents who were told to serve jail terms for homeschooling their children. More recently, WND reported the case of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, whose children were returned to their parents on condition they would attend public school classes after armed police officers equipped with a battering ram forcibly took them from their home. But now the German government may be showing a hint of change regarding homeschooling: German ambassador Peter Ammon has held a meeting with several members of Congress who support homeschooling.
The meeting was reported by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which represents homeschoolers nationwide. Reps. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., met recently with Ammon. “It was a very productive meeting,” said Webster. “It went very well, and Ambassador Ammon was very cordial. We all agreed to maintain open lines of communication as we move forward.” The three members of Congress were able to “explain their own experience with homeschooling, how it has benefited their families and how millions of American families enjoy this freedom,” HSLDA said. “The meeting was a product of years of effort to bring attention to the plight of German homeschoolers and to advance homeschooling freedom in Germany,” the advocacy organization said. HSLDA’s strategy has been to create a conversation in Germany about homeschooling. “We have been working closely with these members [of Congress] for several years,” said Will Estrada, HSLDA’s director of federal relations. “They and their staff have been incredibly supportive of our efforts to protect and advance homeschool freedom, both in the U.S. and in Germany. This meeting would never have taken place without their tireless dedication to homeschool freedom for all families.” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said the members of Congress have been very helpful. More