After Almost Two Years of Hope, Homeschooling Is Illegal Again in Germany

Nicole Hilbig
9 min readOct 21, 2021

It was just too good to be true

Everything back to the beginning. The time of homeschooling is over again. We enjoyed homeschooling for almost 2 years. A foretaste that distance learning brought us during the pandemic.

Because here in Germany our children have to go to school at the age of 6. Due to the compulsory school attendance requirement, parents must send their children to school without exception for at least 8 school years. Homeschooling is strictly forbidden. This has been the case since 1919.

The Transition to Homeschooling

The start of the pandemic in 2020 was the starting shot for the legalization of homeschooling in Germany. The 3-month lockdown began in March 2020, during which we all had to protect ourselves from the spread of the aggressive coronavirus. Everything was closed, which was not one of the basic needs of society or systemically relevant.

Although education is fundamental, schools had to close because of the acute danger to life. For the first time, a rethink in education was required, and not only in Germany. Everywhere you could hear about digitalization, about the dawn of the digital age, which finally found its way into the dusty and long overdue school system of this…

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Nicole Hilbig

I love learning and writing about the changes in our digital era. My topics are future, work, productivity, writing, education & personal stories.