Thursday, October 18, 2012

Swedish Appeals Court Permits Home Schooling Of Chabad Children

According to Chabad Lubavitch News, an appellate court in Sweden yesterday struck down a law that barred Chabad parents from home schooling their children through Chabad's International Shluchim Online School and private lessons.  The law requiring all students to attend state schools except in extraordinary circumstances was originally enacted to protect immigrant children who were being denied an education and who grew up illiterate.  However, the rabbi and his wife in Gothenburg who filed the lawsuit were providing a high quality education to their children. The court said that the government's refusal to recognize religious objections to state schools contravenes Sweden's international obligations. (See prior related posting.)