The Global Home Education Conference,
History, and Philosophy
. . . Worldwide, Christians increasingly understand the dangers that are posed to
their families by state intervention in their children’s education.
This fall, I attended the Global Home Education Conference in Germany, along with my colleaguesfrom Classical Conversations and my friends from Home
School Legal Defense Association. The
purpose of the conference was to show
our support for our friends who are
homeschooling around the world. There
were about twenty-nine countries represented. Many families asked us why the
sponsors chose Germany. The answer
is that homeschoolers in Germany are
treated very poorly by their government.
Their “democracy” has enacted increasing restrictions of individual freedoms.
Some German leaders attended the conference, and we had good media exposure. The conference was encouraging
and sobering all at the same time.
As Americans, we truly take our free-
doms for granted. American Christians
are all too eager to turn their children
over to the state at ever-younger ages. In
contrast, worldwide, Christians increas-
ingly understand the dangers that are
posed to their families by state interven-
tion in their children’s education. Ameri-
cans have willingly relinquished so many
family tasks—such as enculturation in
faith and morals—to the state.