Homeschooling in France: A Threat to the Republic?

The French government wants to reserve home schooling for children suffering from illness or undergoing intensive training in music or sports. The proposed legislation is aimed at families who presumably choose home schooling to undermine France’s highly cherished value of laïcité, or state secularism. But affected families say they have a legal right to educate their children according to their wishes.

France claims that homeschooling has enabled families to avoid teaching the country’s core principle of state secularism. But some families and activists are pushing back.

“Who can most help children choose what is best for them? I would say that it is they who love them and those who live with them, says parent and instructor Marie Maillard to Hélène Goutany and Jowharand Emerald Maxwell, who went to meet some of the country’s homeschool children.

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