In most states in America, parents have the freedom to homeschool, albeit with varying degrees of regulation imposed by state legislatures. There are a few states such as Arizona which have almost no requirements other than official notification that homeschooling is taking place. However, that is not the case in many countries around the world, where homeschooling is often illegal, with parents being jailed and/or children being taken away from the family.
In August, The World Congress on the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy met in Frankfurt, Germany for its biannual global conference on human rights. This meeting included a new element—that of discussion of homeschooling as a basic right which should be tolerated in every country.
Papers and lectures were presented by academics and legal practitioners, including Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, noted Christian apologist and distinguished professor of philosophy and Christian thought at Patrick Henry College. The workshop included presentations by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, a German theologian and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom, and by Michael Donnelly, attorney and director for international affairs at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.