Among major democratic nations, homeschooling already is banned in Germany, under a Hitler-era law, and in Sweden, where authorities have taken offspring out of their family’s arms to crack down on the educational method.
Scotland is taking a different approach, demanding that all children be assigned a “nanny” at birth to make sure they get educated.
Now officials in the Netherlands are looking to join the crackdown on parents.
According to a petition being promoted by a group of homeschooling parents there, the Dutch Parliament as recently as 2011 “agreed with home education” and the Dutch Education Council advised only that home education should be regulated.
Nevertheless, Sander Dekker, secretary of state for education in the country, told the Dutch House of Representatives that he plans to make it illegal nationwide.
The homeschool organization, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Thuisonderwijs, now is asking parents nationwide, and indeed, worldwide, to sign the petition that calls for “the preservation and strengthening of the legal basis for home education.”
The petition explains, “The state secretary for education is planning to make it impossible to home educate (via exemption from compulsory school attendance under article 5 sub b of the Compulsory Education Act). This is evident from his letter in July 2013 to the Second Chamber (House of Representatives) of the Dutch Parliament.”