Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Next Step for Parental Rights

Thanks to all of you who worked hard during this recent election.  It's probably no surprise to you that I usually vote Republican and am disappointed in the outcome.  But nothing is too hard for God, and He always has a purpose.  Meanwhile, I feel led to head off any upcoming issues that will take away your right to home school.

Parents who've been their children's primary educators for a long time may remember how much harder homeschooling used to be from a legal standpoint. Remember: as recently as 1982, homeschooling was against the law in most states. 

Parents' right and responsibility to act in their children's best interest is a core value for families who center their children's education at home. We take seriously the Bible verse that says, "If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Mathew 18:6).

For decades, the courts have implicitly upheld parents' right to make decisions about the upbringing and education of their children. However, because there is no explicit language in the Constitution affirming parental rights as an inalienable right, those rights have recently come under threat in local court systems and in international law.

Instead of requiring the state to prove that parents are unfit to care for and educate their children, now parents must prove that they are fit.

In response, Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has launched an initiative ( to amend the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing "the liberty of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children" unless intervention for the child’s welfare is "of the highest order and not otherwise served."

Courts have consistently acknowledged this principle but have been unable to rule on it because it is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution.  

If you want the government to recognize your inalienable right and responsibility to decide what is best for your child, contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support H.J. Res. 97, the Parental Rights Constitutional Amendment. You can also go online and sign a petition expressing your support or contribute financially to the initiative.

For more information about the need for a constitutional amendment or to get involved, visit


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Cecilia said...

No matter which way a person voted, I did find it interesting that in the week in which we were learning about the Dred Scott decision a man that could not become a citizen under that decision (which at the time they believed to be true interpretation of the Constitution) could now become the President! This is a testament to how the Laws of the land have been able to grow and change for the good and hopefully they will continue to do so.

Cecilia said...

Technically the President elect isn't a descendant of a slave, so the Decision wouldn't directly relate, but ... non-technically you know what I mean :)

Classical Conversations said...

You're right - it is interesting to see how the history of the Constitution and constitutional amendments has shaped current events. Makes for great teachable moments!