Thursday, June 15, 2006

Stupid in Belgium

Remember the ABC education special 20/20 Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids. by John Stossel? In one of the segments, Stossel spotlighted school children from Belgium. The Belgian children made their American counterparts look really stupid.

He might consider returning to do a follow-up special: 20/20 Stupid in Belgium: How Socialists Hate Homeschooling.

The editor of the Brussels Journal is facing possible prosecution for homeschooling. The dispute stems from the government's acceptance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its incorporation into their law.

Since we started homeschooling in the 1990s the homeschooling movement in Belgium has been growing. The number of homeschoolers is small, comprising only 02 children in primary school and 311 children in high school. Nevertheless the figure has quadrupled in the past five years, as parents are seceding from the official schools where drugs and violence are rampant and pupils are indoctrinated with political correctness and socialism.

The fact that a growing group of children seems to be escaping from the government's influence clearly bothers the authorities. Three years ago a new school bill was introduced. The new bill refers to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and it obliges homeschooling parents to fill out a questionaire and sign an official "declaration of homeschooling" in which they agree to school their children "respecting the respect [sic] for the fundamental human rights and the cultural values of the child itself and of others."

If Stossel did an expose, I doubt the Belgian officials and educators would come out looking quite so dazzling and smart. Especially considering that there is a much larger group of people coming into their country, threatening to destabilize their whole way of life.

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