Yes! These are everyday words for me so I really do appreciate knowing the translations. Thanks very much for that word that helped me look up the appropriate terms:
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Unterrichtspflicht: Compulsory schooling
Schulpflicht: Compulsory school attendance
eigenständige Unterricht: Unschooling
For those interested:
The so-called "Schulpflicht" (consisting of school and duty/obligation) states that every child has to go to school for 9 or 10 years (it depends on the "Bundeland"). It does not matter if it is a public or a private school. It has to be accredited to ensure that all the students can get to the same level of education and to make the diplomas/certificates comparable. If you want to teach your child at home it is possible but difficult, since you have to prove that you are able to give all the education to your child which it could get within the public school system and the child has to pass the same exams as all the other school kids (in the same age and "Bundesland"). This system intends to give every child the same possibility to qualify for higher education / universities, no matter if the parents have to run a farm and every child should help as soon as they are able to walk or if the parents think that university is for snobbs only.
It is not so bad, I think.
The only aspect I'm very skeptical about is the political influence on the curricula.