Parental Rights in Public School: Not So Fast

A very interesting article from The Great Education Struggle:

There has been a huge grassroots push to Op-Out from the new assessments given at schools all across America. Mostly concerned mothers (another topic in and in-itself) have come together as a new form of militia in order to “starve the test” of valid data points. I whole heartily support their effort and do all I can on the podcast and social media to help. However, I believe the only way to truly have a say in what your children are being taught and method of assessment your children are being exposed to is to withdraw our children from any education program that is connected with the Common Core apparatus. Yes this means from public school and in many cases, from private school too.


Why do I say this?  Because the federal courts have ruled many times that as parents we abdicate our parental rights when we send our children to public school. Before you start calling me a right wing extremist or fundamentalist, hear me out, or should I say, hear what the courts have already forced upon you.


The First Circuit ruled, in Brown v. Hot, Sexy and Safer Productions, Inc.,1 parents do not have a “fundamental constitutional right to dictate the curriculum [or assessments] at the public school to which they have chosen to send their children.”2 Did you catch that?  The court ruled you voluntarily abdicate your rights when you willingly send your children to the public school. The court said you do not have to send your kids to public school, therefore, if you do, you do so willingly, and thus give up your parental rights in determining what your children is taught and how they are assessed and by what instrument.


The court clearly stated the government does not have the right to tell parents where to send their children for education, or to tell them what to teach if they teach at home, but the Court did declare parents cannot tell public schools, “You can’t teach my child subjects that are morally offensive to me.”3  The justification they cite also demonstrates what is wrong with our current governmental philosophy. They claim citizens do not have the right to tell their government what to do. That’s right, the government is not there to serve us, but we are to serve and obey the government.


And people think we are crazy for wanting to be responsible for what our children learn.  The alternative is frightening. Yet this absurd op-ed chastises parents who homeschool as “abandoning the common good” and “detrimental to society as a whole”. She says that homeschoolers should keep their children in public school and fight to reform it instead of “opting out”. But this court decision clearly shows that parents are in no position to determine the course of their local schools.

This op-ed is ridiculous. It is clearly biased against homeschool, as the author does not similarly lecture parents who choose to “opt out” by placing their children in private schools. She also never mentions that public schools still receive the tax dollars of families who choose to homeschool though they do not use the schools. She is upset that people are teaching their children outside the purview of the state. She is upset that people are opting out of the collectivist brainwashing that happens in these “institutions”. Well too bad. The idea that anyone should sacrifice the best interest of their children for some dubious and ambiguous common good is offensive and contrary to the concept of individual liberty.

The long and the short of it is, the system doesn’t want our input, and we don’t want what the system is selling. We are doing the best thing we can for our children. I personally couldn’t care less whether the author (or those like her) like it or not, I am not interested in ceding my parental rights to the state and trusting them to do what is best for my children. It is obvious from articles like these that the state isn’t interested in what is best for my child. According people like this, my child’s welfare is subordinate to the state’s. It is almost unbelievable that this is the world we live in. 



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