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French Homeschoolers Are In Trouble!

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact as soon as possible, by phone or email, the French

Embassy and give them this message: 

 

“Amendments 127 & 128, which would virtually outlaw homeschooling, are being voted on by the French parliament. If passed, this would cause a travesty. We cannot believe that a free country like France would outlaw such a basic right as parents choosing to homeschool their children. Over two million children are being successfully homeschooled in America. Homeschooling works. We ask that you immediately convey to the French government our concern and request that the bill language prohibiting homeschooling in nearly all circumstances be withdrawn.”

French homeschoolers are faced with a draconian bill which will be voted on by parliament within the next few days. We just received word about this bill today. Homeschooling is currently allowed in France. However, this bill would essentially outlaw homeschooling. No parent would be allowed to homeschool unless they showed that the health or handicap of their child makes it necessary for him or her to be taught at home.  In addition, if a family could even prove they have a health issue or some other “serious” reason to justify their homeschool, they would then have to submit to a home visit by a government official each year. Also, their curriculum would be either provided by the “National Center of Correspondence Teaching (CNED)” or by an approved private correspondence school. French homeschoolers believe this bill will essentially outlaw homeschooling as they know it in France. They plead for your help to stop this restrictive bill. Homeschoolers in America have successfully stopped similar legislation in Ireland, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. In both Ireland and the Czech Republic, the restrictive homeschooling bills had already passed one house of parliament before we even got involved. Once we got involved the bills were stopped.  At this point we need you to communicate with the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. In a few days we will send another email asking you to communicate directly with the parliament members. 

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact as soon as possible, by phone or email, the French Embassy and give them this message:  “Amendments 127 & 128, which would virtually outlaw homeschooling, are being voted on by the French parliament. If passed, this would cause a travesty. We cannot believe that a free country like France would outlaw such a basic right as parents choosing to homeschool their children. Over two million children are being successfully homeschooled in America. Homeschooling works. We ask that you immediately convey to the French government our concern and request that the bill language prohibiting homeschooling in nearly all circumstances be withdrawn.”  Also, explain in a paragraph or two the wonderful success you have had with homeschooling. 

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte

(202) 944-6000

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3600

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3601  

BACKGROUNDHomeschooling has long been allowed in France. Homeschoolers have to have regular testing and sometimes they are visited by an official, but for the most part operate freely. This bill would completely change that legal atmosphere and make it impossible for 95% of homeschoolers to operate. Please take time to help our brothers and sisters in France, where the homeschool movement is small and they do not have a lot of organizations or numbers. Nonetheless, there are many sincere parents who love their children and want to faithfully teach them at home principles from the Word of God and personally train their children.  If homeschoolers don’t try to help, who will? Please take a moment and contact the French Embassy. Thank you. Sincerely, 

Christopher J. Klicka

 HSLDA Senior Counsel 

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January 10, 2007 - Posted by | Politics

3 Comments »

  1. The sponsor withdrew his amendment!!! Homeschooling in France has been saved! Read the e-mail below for more details:

    “Thank you so much for your calls and emails to the French Embassy. In
    an incredible turnaround of events, the sponsor of the restrictive
    amendments which would have outlawed homeschooling has withdrawn his
    amendments.

    We believe that the international outcry played a pivotal role in
    helping secure this victory. The French Minister of the Family,
    Philippe Bas, vocally opposed several articles of this huge bill
    entitled “Protection de L’Enfance,” which means for “Protection of the
    Children.” He specifically opposed the sections regulating and
    essentially prohibiting homeschooling, saying in the French
    parliament: “As they are, I am not favorable to these amendments
    [numbers 127 and 128], I find them too restrictive. . . We must allow
    parents who, for instance, have three young children, a mother who is
    willing to take care of them and if they have decided to teach them to
    read-write-count–if that is their choice of living–provided that we
    can verify that the educational job is well done, then that freedom
    must be preserved.”

    The homeschoolers in France are thankful that their right to teach
    their own children will not be taken away. These amendments, if
    passed, would have eliminated traditional homeschooling in France,
    only allowing homeschooling if the family could prove that it was
    necessary for their children to be taught at home due to a handicap or
    health reason. This is no longer a concern since these amendments have
    been withdrawn.

    French homeschoolers can breathe safe once again. Their freedom
    remains intact once again.

    Thank you, once again, for your willingness to take a few minutes to
    communicate your opposition to this draconian bill. We are thankful
    for God’s mercy in this situation and that freedom can continue in
    France.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher J. Klicka
    HSLDA Senior Counsel”

    Comment by Betsy | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. I am very glad- btw, do you get E-mail updates from HSLDA? (Home School League of Defense, I think it stands for) If you are interested in more updates like this, I think that would be a good place to look. *smile*

    Keep it up!

    -Lampie

    Comment by Lampie | February 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yes, that is where I got the French Homeschooling e-alert. We are members of the HSLDA. They are very good updates too, if anyone is interested, I would recommend them. Just go to there website at: http://www.hslda.org and you can subscribe to their e-mail updates.

    Comment by Betsy | February 1, 2007 | Reply


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