France wants to ban homeschooling to protect children from religion
October 6, 2020
According to an article in Education News, “France Moves to Ban Homeschooling: ‘Protect Children From Religion,'” French President Emmanuel Macron wants to ban homeschooling to protect children from religion. Many people are aware of issues with Islam within France, but Macron includes Christianity as well. Quoting from the article:
“School is the republican melting pot,” he [Macron] said. “It’s what makes it possible for us to protect our children in a complete way from any religious sign, from religion.
“It is truly the heart of the space of secularism, and it is this place where we form consciences so that children become free, rational citizens, able to choose their own lives. The school is therefore our collective treasure. It is what allows us in our society to build this common thing that is the Republic.”
In the United States, it would be difficult to ban homeschooling since it is legal in every state and the pandemic has increased its appeal enormously for the 2020-2021 school year. But homeschoolers should be on guard against increased efforts by the government to control homeschooling. The secularists who largely control public schools align with Macron’s viewpoint, and many of them don’t believe that families should be able to opt-out of state indoctrination into secularism and the destruction of children’s religious beliefs.