What Is Your Parental Right?
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What is your parental right?: to control your child's education

"Pupil Rights Law"

The concept of parental right in the area of education has been recognized by the U.S. Congress in the Federal Protection of Pupil Rights Law, which is commonly referred to as the "Hatch Amendment."

"Right of Control"

In 1923, a US Supreme Court decision stated: "Corresponding to the right of control, it is the natural duty of the parent to give his children education suitable to their station in life..."

"...not the Creature of the State"

In 1925, the Supreme Court held: "...The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excluded any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the creature of the State; those that nurture him and direct his destiny, have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognise and prepare him for added obligations."

"Right to Educate"

In 1944, the Supreme Court said: "It is cardinal with us that the custody, care and nurture of the child reside first with the parents..." In 1965, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that "...the right to educate one's children as one chooses is made applicable to the States by the First and Fourteenth Amendments."

"Primary role of parents"

In 1972, the Supreme Court noted: "The history and culture of Western civilization reflect a strong tradition of parental concern for the nurture and upbringing of their children. This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition."

"Fundamental Rights and Interests"

Another Supreme Court decision in 1972 reads: "A State's interest in universal education, however highly we rank it, is not totally free from a balancing process when it impinges on fundamental rights and interests..." This decision also says: "However strong the State's interest in universal compulsory education, it is by no means absolute to the exclusion or subordination of all other interests."

Parental right "Guaranteed"

Dr. Raymond Moore says regarding parental right that, "One of the most serious needs today is for the dissemination of information to school officials who are not aware that the First Amendment to the Constitution, as repeatedly interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, guarantees the parent the prior right to determine the education of his children."

"Parents' example"

And he adds, "The greatest teaching talent in the World lies in the warm, responsive and consistent parent whose love makes the needs of his children his highest concern. Parents' daily one-to-one example amounts to master teaching at the highest level. There are no programs that can match education by loving parents of even modest ability, working with their own children in the simplest of homes."

"Natural and inalienable right"

Former President Ronald Reagan said, "Parents have a natural and inalienable right to educate their children, publicly and privately as they see fit, and that right should be recognized and encouraged."

"Parents should choose"

William Bennett, the former Secretary of Education, added that, regarding parental rights, "Parents should choose the form of education they want for their children."

"It is your parental right"

The late educator and author, John Holt adds, regarding parental right, "It is your right, and your proper business, as parents, to shelter your children and protect them from adversity, at least as much as you can. If you think that school is bad, then it is clear what you should do." --TEACH THEM AT HOME!

Another Viewpoint

For another point of view regarding Parental Right click on the following link to view the document: Opting Out Of Objectionable Classes

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