Thursday, September 14, 2006

German Homeschool Mom Arrested

Thanks to reader JoAnna for sending me the link to the story of a German homeschooling mom who was arrested,

Last Thursday the German police arrested Katharina Plett, a homeschooling mother of twelve. Yesterday her husband fled to Austria with the children. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany since Hitler banned it in 1938. The Plett family belongs to a homeschooling group of seven Baptist families in Paderborn. We wrote about their case last year.

Stefan Sedlaczek of the Catholic website heard about her arrest on Saturday. He reports today that a female plain-clothes police officer rang at Katharina Plett's house on Thursday around 11:00 am. When she opened the door other police officers, who had hidden themselves, forced their way in. Mrs Plett was allowed to change, but a police officer followed her into her bedroom in case "she would arm herself and shoot us all." The woman was able to inform her husband by mobile phone before the police brought her to Bielefeld.

Hitler was defeated. His laws must be defeated as well. The owners of website that posted this story are also facing their own struggles to homeschool in Belgium. We need to pray for these families. We also need to pray that the European community would come into the 21st Century and realize that children belong to their parents and not the state.

Dana explains more about how Germany operates in her post, Germany, Homeschooling and the Separation of Church and State.

If you think that this can't happen here, think again. Read here to find out how.

UPDATE: Kate suggests writing a polite letter to the German Embassy expressing your opinion. Here's the address,

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth
German Embassy
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC, 20007-1998

In other news,

I'm hosting a contest "Capture the Educational Moment". It's open to all parents and teachers. The prize is a new Canon Digital Camera courtesy of Academic Superstore. Get all the details here.

Susan at Corn and Oil has a heads up for homeschoolers in Illinois.

Judy Aron of NHELD asks, Have you signed the Teen Screen petition yet?

Please pray for the Godfrey family. Their faith and courage is truly inspirational.

The Carnival of Homeschooling is up.

The Carnival of Education is up.

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