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Brazilian Couple Convicted for Homeschooling Their Two Kids

Brothers Jonatas and Davi were homeschooled Cleber and Bernadeth Nunes from Timóteo, a city 196 km (122 miles) from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, 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, Jonatas and Davi de Andrade Nunes Amorim, 14 and 15, 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 Judge Almeida Diniz, a member of the panel.  The tests were ordered by a criminal judge who is trying the same case in his own court.

The civil court also refused to receive into evidence an assessment showing that the children are psychologically healthy, have a good relationship with their parents, and have friendships outside the home.  Both tests were ordered by a criminal court that is also trying  the Nunes' case.

Despite national assessments showing abysmal results from the Brazilian public education system, one of the three judges claimed in his written verdict that "the quality of our education is undeniable.  If we compare ourselves, for example, average Brazilian citizens with average North American citizens, the conclusion is devastating.  North Americans know comparison to Brazilians.  Our schooling is, to the contrary, very good in comparison to other countries."

João Senna dos Reis, an opinion columnist with the Diário do Aço newspaper, mocked the statement, noting that "a simple official verification that 70% of Brazilians don't know how to read and interpret five lines of banal text represents a shocking confession of how our education system is going."

"At some point the magistrates had to act in bad conscience before invoking absurdities like selling the false image that we have an education system at the level of First World countries," he added. "As we are in December and every kind of list of notable events begins to appear, it won't be a surprise if this court is listed in the category of the best joke of the year."

Cleber Nunes told LifeSiteNews that he intends to appeal the case to the Superior Tribunal of Justice, a federal appeals court, and if necessary he will appeal the case to the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the nation's highest court.

"I don't think the court even wanted to examine the case, just because they don't want more families to do the same (homeschool their children)," Nunes said.

"It was clear that the kids are doing well, that there is no intellectual abandonment, but they keep defending their position, defending the law and forgetting that the focus of the law is the children," he said.


Cleber Nunes (he speaks English) can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Embassy of Brazil in the US
3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 238-2700
Fax: (202) 238-2827
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Embassy of Brazil in Canada
450 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6M8
Phone: (613) 237-1090 or (613) 755-5160
Fax: (613) 237-6144
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Originally published in Life Site News -


0 #20 In AdditionRic 2009-01-03 11:24
We read recently on this site about 9 year old hookers in Brasilia. What was ever done about their parents? Were they rounded up, indicted, and convicted, like these home schoolers were? Why not?
0 #19 HomeschoolingRic 2008-12-27 14:44
Parents who homeschooled their kids were incarcerated in Vermont, in Iowa, and I remember a case in Nebraska in the 1970s, the Silevans, never met them, were taken to jail and their kids taken from them by Social Services.

John Dewey and the teachers' union. Nothing sends a chill up the spine of a public school teacher like talk about charter schools, private schools, and religious schools. But nothing sends a chill up the spine of all of them, public, private, etc., like talk about home schooling. For some it's money, for some, ideology, and for some, power. Or maybe in the case of unionized public school people, the terror of being found out, in many cases, to be frauds.

Here in Brazil, the UF is either on strike, or there's no electricity, or the students are out blocking the highway protesting something. No maintenance is ever done until all equipment is junk or missing entirely, the bathrooms are all broken, the place looks and smells foul, then the leadership complains until the politicians give them a fortune for a total remodelling and new equipment and vehicles. You would not believe the stuff I have bought cheap at auctions, thru the years, from schools, Embrapa, and various repartições.
0 #18 João da Silva 2008-12-27 12:44
Canada has also made several airplanes that were exclusively Canadian.
They have very good aviators too. :D
0 #17 CanadaRic 2008-12-27 07:02
Canada makes the best busses in the world. The Prevost is made in Quebec. The MCI is made in Canada and the flatbedded across the border south into North Dakota for completion to meet the "percentage rule" and qualify as made mainly in the USA. Greyhound is almost exclusively MCI. General Motors was the bus of choice for years, made in Pontiac, MI, until unfair practices caught up with them and the congress found them guilty of running a monopoly in the fifties, too late to save Beck, Flxible, and other small makers.

North American long haul busses are of monoque, or integral, construction, and last longer than those with separate chassis, like the busses here in Brazil, except for Mercedes busses built here in the 1970s.

German Neoplans used to be built in Lamar, CO, and German Eagles in Texas, but not any more. I don't want to get into the Eagle-Flxible-Dina story from Mexico. When I say North America in this context I mean Canada and the USA. Canada has also made several airplanes that were exclusively Canadian.
0 #16 CH.Cforrest allen brown 2008-12-26 07:44

also have a big hand in the zero gravity tolite on the space station .

Joao :: cristovan buaque is the other one .
0 #15 And in the Top 2008-12-25 23:53
best universities in the world, the U.S. has 37, Switzerland......2. :D

"But, but, but"...yeah, yeah, we know, per capita. Go drink a coco and suck on a ricola.....and help Mugabe open a bank account, if he doesn't have one already. ;-)
0 #14 He may be 2008-12-25 23:34
but it's kind of funny to listen to someone from switzerland complain about a lack of regulation and corruption. Afterall, where do the world's criminals open bank accounts? Does anyone doubt that the likes of Al-Quaeda, and possibly Bin Laden himself, had/have swiss bank accounts?

Don't get me wrong, you're spot-on about the toxic debts in the U.S. Was a complete and utter lack of oversight. Although you were incorrect in a couple of your statements. One, the U.S. didn't "export" these debts, greedy european banks and investment firms jumped all over them when seeing the profit margins. Where you are right is that there was little to no oversight and after the REAL AAA investments ran out they continued to bundle these sub-prime mortgages and rate them AAA and in reality they were actually far from it. U.S. banks and mortgage companies were actually giving 30 year mortgages for hundreds of thousands of dollars to ILLEGAL ALIENS! The other part were you are incorrect is about the SEC investigating Madoff.....they never did. That is now the question....why didn't they as they should have been more than aware that something wasn't right long ago. Beleive me, watch and see, it may not happen soon, but it will happen. The american people finally woke up and smelled the coffee concerning illegal immigrants and we're starting to take action. They finally woke up and had enough of the Bush administration and took radical action by electing Obama. One day they'll wake up and realize that not only their financial system, but the worlds, is being controlled by some "New Yorkers" that have origins in the middle east and are responsible for at least half of the problems that we encounter.

Switzerland has had no choice but to clean up it's act, or attempt to, in regulating their banks. Afterall, if they continued to refuse it wouldn't take much more than a couple hours for a 30 man SEAL team and 2 blackhawks to have every swiss in the country trembling behind their hot chocolate while giving us a little....."Yodle-Le-He-Hooooo!!";-)

Global Witness campaigner Sarah Wykes commented: ‘The decision gives a green light to corrupt public officials and their middlemen everywhere, and implies Switzerland is not serious about stopping the looting of public revenues. In our post 9/11 climate, no state should allow suspicious bank transfers to go uninvestigated and unpunished.’
0 #13 Ch C FYIjon 2008-12-25 16:25
Ch C please google Bombardier, Nortel, CAE Inc and btw, our banking system is the best in the world ;-) ;-)
0 #12 Ooops...on my misunderstanding on Canucks for Canadians !ch.c. 2008-12-25 15:36
I did not pay attention to your humor !

Still....what does Canada produce in reality outside of grains, gold and silver, timber and oilsands ?????

May be they are good in readings and writing tests and why not in maths ! So what ?

Sorry but they are a little bit (even more than that in reality) like Brazil....A BOOM AND BUST ECONOMY....DEPENDING MOSTLY

Do they have large drugmakers ? Canadian carmakers ? Canadian computers makers ? Software producers ? Precision Machineries makers ? Large food producers ?
For around 20 years they were a sleeping country just like Brazil..since there was no commodities booms until 2003. And now they are going to return to a deep sleep for a long time...just like Brazil ! least Canada will continue to have good engineers, infrastrucfures, doctors, universities and hospitals.....contrary to Brazil !!!!

:o :o :o :o :o :o
0 #11 The Canucks have managed to produce many good engineers,doctors, etc; in their Universities in spite of their inhospitable land. They do run their country well. Lets not badmouth 2008-12-25 15:10
Who badmouthed them ?

but...but...but.....still a little bit...if you dont mind :
- where did they go for their studies ? In SP University.....Brazil best ?
- or did they go to Sorbonne to become engineers ? Hmmmm
- and are they NOT heavily subsidized, because what do they produce in reality ?
- and are they as good as you pretend ? Where did you learn that ? In SP University ?

:o :o

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