Parents forced to put son in school

A COUPLE that was home-schooling their son has been told by Granada Provincial Court to send him to school.

The couple, both teachers, had decided to educate their young son at home, but the Public Prosecutor’s Office considered them guilty of abandonment.

The court, however, did not consider they had committed any crime, but told the Public Prosecution to follow up the case in a civil court in order to ensure the child is sent to an official school.

In 2011, the boy’s school and the local town hall complained that the parents had decided not to take him to classes.  When questioned by the Public Prosecutor, the couple said that they considered his “personal and emotional development more important than acquiring instrumental regulated knowledge” and said that the current educational system “blocks his interests.”

As there was no school in the area offering an alternative syllabus, they decided to home-school him.  Attending school is obligatory from age six to 16 in Spain. 

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