WHEN, the World Home Education
- That laws that force children to attend school, against the will of
themselves and of their parents, should be abolished. Such laws deny
people their unalienable liberties, they violate moral and ethical
values and do not make sense from a socio-economic perspective either.
- That many educational institutions are closed shops. They are linked by
accreditation into an unhealthy cartel. University degrees and other
academic qualifications act as entry tickets into well-paid employment,
since many occupations are only open to people with specific educational
qualifications. This is a system of privilege and discrimination that is
government-sponsored in a legal and financial sense. The prevention of
competition and associated unfair trade practices indoctrinate society
with unhealthy values.
- That the subject matter that is typically taught at school, including he
basic premise behind science and academic knowledge, i.e. the idea that
there are universal laws and rules that do not change over time, is
based on inferior beliefs. Instead, WHEN supports optionality, which
allows for the wide diversity that is so common among homeschoolers.
What is WHEN?
WHEN is the World Home Education Network, a loose network of groups and individuals
who focus on legal issues that affect homeschoolers. THEN, and its successor WHEN,
have been studying legal cases worldwide for more than a decade. WHEN is always
interested in the details of case studies and precedents. Furthermore, WHEN likes
to assist in fundraising, with the prospect of supporting test cases that could
challenge compulsory schooling laws worldwide. If you like, post a message at any
of the WHEN discussion groups and lists below. The
About WHEN page gives further
background about WHEN.
For more than a decade, WHEN has been active and has taken
initiatives to improve the situation. Have a look at some of the WHEN action details
and the action planned for the future.
Many issues relate
to the three points
to the left, e.g.:
- Why is school privileged in so many ways? Should homeschoolers pay
tax to support the school habits of other families? Can we refuse to pay
tax? Should we engage in fundraising to help families who challenge the
- Does compulsory school constitute age-discrimination? Should we
challenge the law in court on this or other grounds? Should we bring
cases in the spotlight of the media?
- What's wrong with the subject matter taught at school? Why is school
out of step with modern times? What attitude is taught at school? How
and why can we do better?
- Is education an insidious scheme to hide the true level of
unemployment? What are the politics behind school?
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