Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty


Education: Whose Job is it? by grassroothawaii
December 10, 2010, 10:05 am
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By Frances Nuar

I find it funny when I see an article with “parental rights” in parentheses. Yes, really. Since when do parents not have rights over their own children? The right to raise them, to educate them, to instill their personal beliefs upon them? Isn’t that what parents do? I mean, even if no one else wants to listen to you pontificate on your point of view, isn’t that the point of having children, to have a captive audience that must listen to you rant? I jest.

But quite seriously, there are some people who are anti-parental rights because they limit the power of government over your kids. Some say that “parental rights” will completely foil President Obama’s plan to increase “federal influence over local schools—particularly in the areas of curriculum standards and teacher evaluation and pay.”

Disconnect here. All parental rights advocates want is the right to raise their own kids. To instill in them their personal values. I don’t find that to be asking too much. (With the caveat of course that if a parent utterly fails at raising his or her kids, the kids can become wardens of the state). Protecting the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

If it’s not the values of the parents that are bestowed upon children, whose values are? The government’s? Can government even have values?

Because who has the best interests of your kids at heart? You, their parents, or the government? I’m voting for the parents here.

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