Skip to comments.Switzerland’s Supreme Court Rules Parents Have No Right to Homeschool Their Kids
Posted on 09/20/2019 6:45:43 PM PDT by marshmallow
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Switzerlands top court ruled that parents do not have a right to homeschool their children.
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 mothers appeal.
When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal courts 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 mothers 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 addition, the Federal Court ruled that Switzerlands cantons may decide whether to authorize homeschooling or to ban it outright. In Basel, homeschooling is allowed if applicants can show that the childs attendance at school is impossible. The Federal Court had ruled earlier that national law does not explicitly grant a right to private instruction at home. Nevertheless, it ruled that cantons may decide how they comply with federal requirements for basic education.
Cantons are semi-sovereign administrative divisions that make up the Swiss federation.
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People's rights do not derive from the state.
The power of the state derives from the people.
All your kids are belong to government.
People’s rights do not derive from the state
They do in a socialist hell hole. Welcome to our future 2025
The little squish-brains can not be properly propagandized, brainwashed and indoctrinated outside of the government “schools.”
Darned inconvenient for the proglibs.
It takes a commune to indoctrinate the eyes of the State.
This will be one more reason for people not to have kids....
As I recall, in Europe going to school is mandatory.
Allowing home schooling would be a major departure from the established rules.
What democrap in America would disagree with this ruling.
America is the only country that follows the natural law that whatever is not forbidden is permissible. Switzerland follows whatever is not permissible is forbidden
I worked for a Swiss company. Once I learned about their legal system, I figured out why the Swiss were so threatened by our git er done attitude in America.
The word ‘homeschool’ is so yesterday. It persists but is undergoing metamorphosis.
Today homeschool can mean one parent or one learning coach in a room at a home with a computer logged onto a ‘digital school’ or digital academy.
There are digital academies popping up all over and they are hands down superior to brick and mortar schools.
Within these digital academies are trained and certified teachers who hold class online, have office hours online, grade assignments online, are quipped with webmail to students, parents and coaches.
Why are these ‘homeschool’ digital academies superior to the conventional brick and mortar schools?
Children enrolled in a digital academy are more focused, more grounded, more in tune with learning rather than distraction. Online schools track every assignment, provide an online interactive schedule of assignments, grading, scores, tests, quizzes, porfolio projectss, techhnology such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and rubrics for projects, progress monitoring. The curriculums are very flexible around core subjects as Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History. There are art and language courses, prep for standardized testing, even health and physical education courses.
And the schedules are flexible, A studen can go ahead or fall behind and know exactly where they are in the school year. A parent can take a child on a trip and the child can do assignments offline or online depending on wifi availability.
What about social interaction? No problem. A digital academy’s website will have tabs for parent talk, field trips, informal gatherings, clubs, hobbyists, sports or references to local sports leagues. States are required to allow a digitally schooled child to participate in varsity sports.
So the whole concept of ‘homeschooling’ is changing and improving. It’s a trend that is gaining ground and is superior to past conventional modes of instruction. It just makes sense.
There is one school district in WA State that is going full digital while turning their school campuses into mini-college campuses with extracurricular activity.
But the best indicator for homeschool success is that kids prefer it. There have been some isolated cases where a homeschool teenager will ask their parents if they can attend a brick and mortar high school only to want to exit it after a few weeks and return to the digital experience.
I’ve personally witnessed a 14-year old say “Mom, they’re just dumb!”
I believe that is an accurate assessment.
The good news is there is hope for a resurgence in excellence in American primary education.
Lamentable. Switzerland does get a lot of things right. Gun rights, decentralization, most taxes at canton level, better bureaucracy and justice system, strong currency, stays out of EU.
Much higher standard of living than US and not a socialist hell hole by any measure.
The “Supreme” Court will say no.
Form a jury and nullify the State.
Run for office and pass national wide laws stating parent school rights.
Do not ask the State permission, they always side with tyranny.
I spent two weeks in Bern for a job. No way in hell would I live there.
There were hippies shooting up in plain sight. Bicycles must be registered like cars. I rode around for 2 weeks on an illegal bicycle.
Oddest thing was that Heineken was dirt cheap and pisswasser (bud) was expensive. Also, the cops drive BMWs and MBs.
I always need to now be reminded why we sacrificed so much to save Europe.
The education system in European countries has some critical differences from the opportunities we have in this country. I lived in Switzerland and our children attended an International School for a year, which at least was more in line with the US approach than the local schools. The biggest problem I saw with the system there was that children were tested at an early age and essentially put on track for either a profession or a trade. Thus if a child is a late bloomer in the local school, there was essentially no recovery and they would learn a trade and enter the workforce at a young age, never having the opportunity to go to college (or often even “high school” after age 16, as I recall). If they did well while young, they would be on track and as long as they continued to do well enough college was paid for.
My children have been late bloomers. My oldest, who was already in college when we went to Switzerland, had done very poorly in 2nd and 3rd grades - would never have gone to college in the Swiss system. Yet she did well in high school, is fluent in German having lived herself in Germany for a couple of years, and became a Mechanical Engineer. We had friends in Switzerland whose children were in the local system and experienced both the good and the bad. They had to send their oldest back to the US while in High School as otherwise she could not have gone to college.
They do in other countries.
That’s what makes America exceptional. Our rights are endowed by the Creator. Naturally.
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