There's this German family....the Romeike family....that left the country in 2008 and came to the US, more or less asking for asylum The deal? The family wanted to home-school their kids, and the German legal system isn't made to accept that idea. You either attend a public school or a private school, period.
So this week....the asylum case came up in the US, and the court struck it down. Next step? They will appeal, and maybe get one more shot here. If the appeals court agrees to hear the case....it'd likely take another ninety days or more before this comes up, and buys them some time.
Here's the nuts and bolts to the argument, for an American to understand the whole situation.
The German government provides what you'd consider a bit of a complex education offering. For the bulk of Germans (at least fifty percent)....it means you get a tenth-grade education, and then launch into a trade/apprentice program (like a mini-community college situation), and around age eighteen to nineteen, you'd have the knowledge level of a US student at the end of two years of technical community college. It might be light on math (depending on your field), but it aims at you being capable of doing real work.
So if you took a look at the program....you (as an American)....would eventually come to say that most Germans really have a tenth-grade education. If you tested the German kids and their American counter-parts, you'd realize that the German kid was already at the 12th-grade level in comparison to the American system.
The Germans look at this and generally believe that you just wouldn't want a kid staying at home, and being taught by a substandard teacher....like your dad or mom....who likely came through the apprentice program.
If they knew all Germans were college-degreed? They'd likely come to a different viewpoint, but that's not the case.
So the Germans wrote up alternate methods here. You can go to various private schools and get certified just as easily. Costly? Yeah, it won't be free.
This family wanted a third method....home-schooling. And the German government wasn't going to sign up to this.
How many German families would want such an option? No one is clear about this. It might be several hundred....it might be several thousand. No one has ever conducted a poll that I know....where you'd know these statistics.
What likely happens to this German family in the US? I suspect by December....they will have used up every trick in the book and be asked to leave. Canada next? That's the strange thing about this....Canada has a growing number of Germans who have gotten tired of the various routines in Germany and found work there. If you have a good trade background....Canada generally welcomes all Germans. A weekly TV show in Germany has run for years....telling the various stories of Germans who packed up and moved to Canada.
Why haven't they used the Canadian option and just resettled....and not sought asylum? That's a question that I'd like to see posed to the family. I would speculate that some US group is housing the family and using them as a tool against the current administration.
It's become a soap opera of sorts. And the German government? They aren't even actively watching the family asylum request. I suspect they know the Canadian option is sitting there and will be the last resort solution to the whole problem.