Aus den Medien: Elternrechte, Hausaufgaben, Privatunterricht

Danke, Bernice Zieba, für die Hinweise auf diese drei interessanten Berichte.

Elternrechte unter Beschuss

Der Beobachter des Papstes bei der UNO schrieb 2012 in einem Statement über die Elternrechte:

For some time now, my delegation has noticed a disconcerting trend, namely, the desire on the part of some to downplay the role of parents in the upbringing of their children, as if to suggest somehow that it is not the role of parents, but that of the State. In this regard it is important that the natural and thus essential relationship between parents and their children be affirmed and supported, not undermined. …

The goal of education must extend to the formation of the person, the transmission of values, a work ethic, and a sense of solidarity with the entire human family. In this educational process, the State should respect the choices that parents make for their children and avoid attempts at ideological indoctrination. As affirmed in international law, States are called to have respect for the freedom of parents to choose for their children schools, other than those established by the public authorities, to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions which equally applies to their right to make judgments on moral issues regarding their children (cf., e.g., UDHR, Article 26, 3, ICESCR, Article 13, 3, and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Article 12, 4). There are about 250,000 Catholic schools around the world. The Catholic school assists parents who have the right and duty to choose schools inclusive of homeschooling, and they must possess the freedom to do so, which in turn, must be respected and facilitated by the State. Parents must cooperate closely with teachers, who, on their part, must collaborate with parents.

Hausaufgaben bringen nichts

„Die Welt“ berichtete von der Studie Gänglers von der TU Dresden:

Laut Gängler werden gute Schüler durch Hausaufgaben nicht unbedingt noch besser. Schlechte Schüler begriffen zu Hause durch bloßes Wiederholen noch lange nicht, was sie schon am Vormittag nicht richtig verstanden hätten. Ob man Hausaufgaben direkt nach der Schule, nachts unter der Bettdecke oder gar nicht mache, habe den gleichen Effekt auf die Zeugniszensuren – nämlich keinen.

Der Entscheid die Kinder zu Hause zu unterrichten…

… löst bei der Umgebung stereotype Reaktionen aus. Jeffrey Nall:

Announcing that you homeschool your children is like announcing your decision to major in the humanities, vote for the Green Party, have a homebirth, become an atheist, or stop eating animals. It usually elicits furrowed brows and a barrage of loaded questions steeped in stereotypes. What are you – a fundamentalist Christian who wants to prevent your child from learning about evolution? How will your children be prepared for life in the world? And aren’t you concerned they won’t be socially well-adjusted? Are you doing this to insulate your children from cultural diversity? How will your children learn without a formal education?