Home Schooling

TitleHome Schooling
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFunke, RD, Potthast, A, Boxall, SF, Diaz-Sprague, R
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2011
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , education , Public Policy
AbstractIn 2010, the U.S. granted asylum to the Romeike family. They fled their native Germany because they faced stiff fines and legal prosecution for home schooling their children - a crime under German law. The purpose of mandatory public schooling is to foster citizens'"ability to peacefully interact with different values and different religions." However, many parents home school their children because they disagree with the "liberalism and humanism" of public schools. Critics of home schooling say it leads to extremism and is potentially detrimental to the public good. On the other hand, the Tennessee judge who granted asylum to the Romeikes deemed the parents' right to educate their offspring of paramount importance, and he denounced the German law for being "utterly repellent to everything we believe as Americans."
NotesCase Study prepared for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competitions, 2011 http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Home Schooling.pdf
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