(Picture below:) Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.
According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.
In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.
When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament – an altogether strange change for the worse.
What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?
– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.
Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)
HSLDA International (where bad news from Sweden are not very rare)
Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)