Germany Gives Homeschooling Parents Custody of Their Children While They Await Appeal from European Court of Human Rights

A court in Germany has given a homeschooling couple custody of their children while they await an appeal from the European Court of Human Rights challenging a law that prohibits homeschooling.

A domestic court in Darmstadt granted Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, a devout Christian couple with four children, got custody of their two youngest children, who are minors in a decision announced Tuesday.

ADF International, a legal group that represented the Wunderlich family and is connected to the Alliance Defending Freedom, celebrated the decision.

Robert Clarke, director of European Advocacy for ADF International and lead counsel for the Wunderlich family, said in a statement that he believed the “right of parents to direct the education of their children is a fundamental right, protected in international law.”

“We are pleased to see that the German court respected this right and acknowledged that the Wunderlich children are doing well,” said Clarke.

“As we wait for referral to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, we hope that, there too, the rights of the Wunderlich family will be safeguarded.”

Germany largely bans the practice of homeschooling, allowing it only for rare exceptions such as serious illness among a child. The requirement to attend government schools is often justified as helping students to better integrate into broader society.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski