Homeschoolers in the Netherlands are asking people around the world to sign a petition seeking to keep homeschooling legal in their country.
The country's State Secretary for Education, Sander Dekker, is planning to change the current law and make it impossible to home educate. Homeschoolers in the Netherlands and supporters around the world have created a petition and are seeking to raise awareness of the impending ban.
The Change.org petition states in part:
We establish that:
- in many countries, home education is legally recognised as a suitable form of education, which can replace school;
- a small group of parents currently home educate in The Netherlands;
- the effectiveness of which has been well established through research, e.g. healthy cognitive and social-emotional development, a good fit for both further education and the labour market;
- the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament in 2011 agreed with home education and its supervision;
- the Dutch Education Council (Onderwijsraad) advised the government to regulate home education, not to ban it;
- the State Secretary for Education nevertheless intends to ban home education.And request to preserve and strengthen the legal basis for home education in The Netherlands by:
a) maintaining the right to exemption from compulsory schooling (Article 5 sub b of the Compulsory Education Act),
b) disassociating the option to home educate from philosophical objections and making home education a legal right within the Compulsory Education Act, in accordance with the constitutional freedom of education, which guarantees the civil right to educate (at home or elsewhere) along with appropriate supervision.
Over a thousand people have signed the petition so far but many more signatures are needed to raise awareness of this issue.
You can read more about the subject and hear one family's story at Leiden Home Learners.
Please share this with other homeschooling families and with others around the world who support educational freedom.
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