can Sometimes make small things Large. Fred had at the time, no fleas, would probably be much different in the life of the family Fuks.

Perhaps the two women would live with their six children still in Germany. Maybe they wouldn’t be so much with your camper traveled. And maybe the four girls and the two boys would visit today, even a school. However, the cat brought fleas home with you. The children were not allowed in the school. Three weeks long.

“A real stroke of luck,” says Line Fuks today, “for so it was, that all had to learn at home.” And as the fleas were gone, begged the kids to their mothers: “we Can’t learn here? This brings a lot more fun than in school.” Line and Katja thought. They asked each of the children individually: “you really, really Want?” All were sure.

To the Person Oliver Lück Oliver Lück is a traveled Journalist and photographer, and two years in Germany. He has visited 16 people from 16 States. His new book, “colorful country” is an encounter with people who do not think in limits.

Line Fuks is a thoughtful, quiet woman. She is wearing a chunky knit brown wool sweater, a black craft pants and a gray knit hat, slightly ruffled, semi-long dark blonde hair. However, Line Fuks is not even a Line Fuks. The other members of the family have given this story a new name. Would you like to read your real here, would be your self-determined life might be in danger, because German officials could come to you on the track.

school refusers be prosecuted under criminal law in Germany. Who wants to live in Germany with no school, goes to the edge of society. He is liable to prosecution. In France, England, Austria or Canada, children must be taught at home. In Ireland, Homeschooling is enshrined even in the Constitution. In Germany you have no choice, says Line. Only the state should be allowed to decide where and what to learn. There is no Alternative. So it is in the basic law.

The family

“remember We wanted to but neither Stress with the authorities, yet our children in the school,” the 47-Year-old. Add to that the worry that it will be ringing any moment and the youth welfare office or the police could stand in front of the door, to deprive them of the custody or the children to pick up. They lived as if under a magnifying glass. Eyed from Relatives, neighbors, and strangers. Constantly you had to be careful not to attract attention. They had to answer a lot of questions.

That children do not go to school, it was to explain most of the but very hard to come by. Many of them looked extremely doubtful, or frowned at, if the Line language from “free” to Learn and “free” education. The people heard only “no” Learning, and “no” education. And eventually, the two mothers felt: We have no choice. We have to leave the country.

Two hours ‘ drive North-East of Lisbon, turn on a dusty track. Deeper and deeper we are immersed into the unspoilt hill country. No street within earshot. No neighbor to complain, because the kids are too loud. In Portugal, the corners of their way of life anywhere. There are a lot of expatriates and dropouts, including other families from Germany or Switzerland to teach their children themselves.

The place of residence of the family in Portugal

In November 2009, drawn Line and Katja, and their four daughters and two sons in the conservation area in the vicinity of Pedrógão Grande. You lead a natural, very simple, stunted life. The time is also still here, but she’s more lenient. A watch no one wears anymore. The children know exactly what the moon phase is and whether you need it at night, on the way to the “compost toilet” is a flashlight.

“The nature educates us,” says Line. You have a source of water. You have wood for the Fire. You have the energy of the sun. A Micro-Cosmos. Here you can feel free and safe. The everyday life is determined by the seasons of the year.

most of the time, the women couple with children in Portugal. Once a year they travel to Germany. Usually in the summer holidays, then, if none of the children that are now between nine and 18 years old, must be in the school. There they visit relatives and friends.

Still, you get child benefit for all. Also the biological fathers to pay every month maintenance. “If we count everything together we lie, under Hartz IV, But we get by,” says Line, the handicraft makes, courses for traditional materials and books writes. On the free learn. About family life in the Wilderness.

The caravan will move occasionally to the guests

rents at the beginning of the Learning delivery according to the Motto: math with Mama. They had textbooks. The Knowledge was queried. Even if you were on a journey. The children sat in Spain, France or Portugal on a blanket on the beach and learned. The mothers controlled. At the beginning of the “Homeschooling” is still fun, then it became compulsory. “We have just as much pressure,” says Line. The attempt threatened to fail. The children no longer took the school books soon, even in the Hand. So the mothers began to trust the learning for the sake of the children, as they say.

And the children occupied themselves only with what they are really interested. Sometimes so passionately and absolutely, that you from morning to night nothing else did. One of the girls as others in their age after two years of not playing after two months the piano well,. Another began with card tricks. From early until late you practiced your finger dexterity, to blow on the hands. And by the Spells she was enthusiastic, and suddenly math of what you not was actually.

The children were more and more to free learners, that is: the written lesson material was not there. You decided what you wanted to do for the day and what not. “Children are underestimated,” says Line. “Most people are, by nature, an enthusiastic Explorer. You want to explore with zeal and understand the world. And you will learn – by the way.”

nine-year-old son

of Course, there were also lulls. Null Bock phase. “Our children are no different than any other Adolescent. Madita, for example, has never read when she was little. And if it is, then quite bad. Only very late they started, because it had become important.” Today Madita reads so much like no one else in the family. Your Tipi is full with novels and non-fiction books. Also English literature.

her sister Mia win prizes with book covers designed for Online competitions. Emma taught herself to sew using Internet Tutorials and presenting their self-designed dresses on the net. Another is boning up on Hindi. Two other sign language. Fluent in English, Spanish and some Portuguese have learned all the playing. You have done a lot of internships.

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“All of these things could you not do if they had to sit all day in school, because they had no more time,” says Katja. “But above all, our children now know what it means to take responsibility for their own education. They remained flexible. And with the time is with each child, what it wants to be – not what it should be.”

the decision whether you want to do a degree at a Portuguese school with the children. In Portugal, it is possible to make at the end of the school year an examination. This is passed, the conclusion like everyone else.

“We don’t want anyone to challenge. We don’t want to provoke or attack the System” Line clear again. “We believe that this way is the best for our children. And we see that it works.”

The article is an abridged Chapter from the book “the colorful land of 16 people, 16 stories” by Oliver Lück, the on 25. September 2018 in the case of war, is published.