Parental rights are being eroded all over the world as globalist-driven governments continue their efforts to take control of every aspect of our lives. In the United States, we can see this in the progressive left’s continual fight against homeschooling and school choice. Liberal lawmakers would love the opportunity to force all children into the public school system where they can be indoctrinated and brainwashed into believing absolute lies. We can only hope these lawmakers don’t look to a country like Switzerland for inspiration.
Last Monday, Switzerland’s highest court ruled against a mother who was seeking to homeschool her 8-year-old son. In their ruling, the court determined that homeschooling is in fact not a parental right.
On Monday, the Swiss Federal Court ruled against a mother from the city of Basel who in 2017 had applied for permission to school her 8-year-old son at home. School authorities rejected the application and a cantonal court threw out the mother’s appeal.
When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal court’s decision was tantamount to a ban on private instruction at home, thus violating a constitutional right to privacy and family life.
The high court, however, rejected the mother’s argument, ruling that the constitutional right to a private life does not also apply to homeschooling. The court noted that no international treaty grants a right to homeschooling.
In Basel, one of Switzerland’s 26 semi-sovereign administrative districts, known as “cantons,” it is already tough for parents to get homeschooling approval. Some cantons require teaching certificates for parents while others, like Basel, require parents to prove that it would be impossible for their children to attend public school.
In addition to siding with the Basel canton on this issue and denying this mother the right to homeschool her child, the federal court also ruled that each individual canton can decide whether or not to authorize parents to homeschool or simply ban homeschooling altogether.
Naturally, most teachers are opposed to homeschooling, such as Franziska Peterhans, spokesperson for a Swiss teacher’s association, who said, “Not every family can afford the resources needed to teach their children at home, so it creates inequalities in society.”
“Many children who are homeschooled have less interaction with their peers outside the family, so are less socialized,” Peterhans added. These are typical anti-homeschool, liberal talking points, neither of which are ever backed up by any research or factual data. You’d think these people would have come up with a better argument by now!
The progressive left is after our children, and they know they can’t indoctrinate and force societal conformity on children who don’t attend their schools.
Here at home, LGBT activists have infiltrated nearly every aspect of America’s public school system, and it’s only a matter of time before they will want more. It will be then that they demand that homeschooling be done away with, and we aren’t far from that point. Unfortunately, Switzerland is demonstrating just how easy it is to restrict homeschooling through the court system.
In a 2003 study published in the Peabody Journal of Education, Researcher Brian D. Ray wrote, “The alleged harms of homeschooling or arguments for more control of it are fundamentally philosophical and push for the state, rather than parents, to be in primary and ultimate control over the education and upbringing of children so they will come to hold worldviews more aligned with the state and opponents of state-free homeschooling than with the children’s parents and freely chosen relationships.”
That perfectly sums up the goals of the progressive, globalist left and why we should be very concerned about parents in Switzerland losing their right to homeschool their children.
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