In a significant move to support the rights of home-schooling parents worldwide, the Vatican has issued a statement to the United Nations.
The statement says governments “should respect the choices that parents make for their children and avoid attempts at ideological indoctrination.” Jeremiah Lorrig of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) says this is especially important in more restrictive countries.
“In Sweden, for example, home-school parents have had their children taken away from them,” Lorrig notes. “In Germany, there was a story about a year ago where a family… had immigrated to Germany. They had to flee back to Iran because of the struggle with parental rights and whether or not they could home school their children.”
He says the Vatican decree is also a crucial weapon in HSLDA’s battle with the U.N.’s proposed Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty, which essentially transfers all decision-making authority from parents to the government.
(Thanks HSLDA for the heads up on this story)