Our friends the Nunes family: Brazilian Court Convicts Homeschooling Family Despite Evidence of Success

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MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL, December 23, 2008 (Life Site News) – Cleber and Bernadeth Nunes have been convicted by a second civil court in Brazil for homeschooling their children, despite passing government-imposed tests that teachers admitted they could not pass themselves.

The three judge panel in the court of second instance refused even to examine the test results, which give a passing grade to both of their sons for a series of highly rigorous tests on a variety of subjects, including mathematics, geography, science, history, Portuguese, English, arts, and physical education.

“We cannot even allow the examination here of the quality of education that is being given at home, because homeschooling never can be substituted for regular instruction,” said Moreira Diniz, a member of the panel. The tests were ordered by a criminal judge who is trying the same case in his own court.

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