In today’s Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen Bob Van de Voorde, the spokesman of Frank Vandenbroucke, the minister of Education, says:
“One of the conditions [for homeschooling] is that the homeschoolers must sign a document in which they promise to rear their children along the lines of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. These parents have not done this. This is why the ministry has started an inquiry.”
The parents Mr Van de Voorde is referring to in the paper are my husband (TBJ editor Paul Belien) and myself. The “inquiry” is a threat to prosecute us.
Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium. We have homeschooled four of our five children through high school. Only the youngest is still being homeschooled because the others are already at university. And yet, as if they have nothing better to do, the Belgian police and judiciary are conducting an “inquiry” into our homeschooling to see whether we “rear our children along the lines of the United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights.” Read the rest here.
Here in the U.S., homeschooling is gaining in popularity amongst parents dissatisfied with the quality of our public schools. The curricula are inadequate and the school environment is often dangerous. However, the U.N. Charter is beginning to take hold here as well. In California, middle schoolers have one week devoted to the study of Islam in which students take Muslim names, learn pray to the Allah while facing Mecca, and the girls are encouraged to wear veils or full burqas. Recently, an attempt to put the History of Homosexuality into the high school curricula was made; Gov. Schwartzenegger nixxed the attempt, for now. Multiculturalism is tearing my state, my nation, and my planet apart all in the interests of the "children."
For those of you who are interested in homeschooloing, check out Carnival of Homeschooling. The website provides many sources for do-it-yourself schooling. You'll also find that it's not so "yourself". Many other parents offer their expertise as the homeschooling community grows.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.