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Educational Freedom on the Ropes
heard the warning by now: under the Convention on the Rights of the
Child (CRC, or Convention), the right of parents to direct the education
of their children will disappear.
You may also have heard the many assurances from
internationalists and special interest groups that it’s not going to
happen, that the CRC actually enshrines parental rights and will respect
the important role that parents play.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding – and certain recipes cooked up of late taste very sour indeed.
First there is the Romeike family, who were forced to flee Germany and seek U.S. asylum in 2008
as the only means to keep their children out of the state-run schools.
Perhaps you will recognize Germany’s education law – it was passed in
the 1930’s under Adolf Hitler, who is famously quoted as saying, “He who
controls the youth controls the future.”
Then there is the case of Dominic Johansson of Sweden, who was taken from his parents in June, 2009,
because they had chosen to home school him until their upcoming move to
his mother’s native India. Authorities actually came and removed him
from the plane as the family was set to leave the country. Since that
time, the country has outlawed home schooling, claiming that under the
CRC children are guaranteed the right to a standard education.
Meanwhile, Dominic’s parents are still fighting for his return.
Now comes the most recent strike, a Canadian Supreme Court decision
that upheld the state-mandated Ethics and Religious Culture course
being forced on students in Quebec schools since 2008. According to the
ruling last week, parents cannot opt their children out even if they
disapprove of the “morality” views being foisted on their child without
first meeting a high burden of proof that the schooling will impede
their own religious instruction at home. Again, it is argued that under
the CRC every student has a right to “a specific” education. So no matter what faith a parent holds, the government gets to decide certain beliefs that every child is taught!
The UN’s Child Rights Committee put it this way: “[A]rticle
29(1) [of the CRC] underlines the individual and subjective right to a specific quality of education.”
And while neither home schooling nor private schooling is explicitly
outlawed by the Convention, neither are they exempted from government
control. Says the Committee, “This [right] includes not only the content
of the curriculum but also the educational processes, the pedagogical
methods and the environment within which education takes place, whether it be the home, school, or elsewhere.
Children do not lose their human rights by virtue of passing through
the school gates.” (General Comment No. 1 (2001), emphasis added)
What It Means for America
we are not there yet. We are still the country to which people apply
for asylum, not the nation from which they flee for freedom. But changes at the federal level are already leaning away from the liberty of the past.
Only the preservation of fundamental parental rights at the state level
is keeping us from looking a lot more like these nations than we do.
The proposed Parental Rights Amendment would establish in the
federal Constitution the same legal protection for parental rights that
is already recognized in the state law of nearly every state in the
nation. In so doing, it will protect our freedom to direct the education
of our children and halt the ever-expanding grasp of the federal
edu-cratic elites who want to impose their worldview on every child in
American parents still are not aware of this erosion in the federal
courts, or of the threat to parental rights that is held in the United
Nations’ CRC. Please take a moment to forward this email to everyone you know so that they, too, can sign the petition to support the Parental Rights Amendment.
Then, contact your Senators and urge them to
support SR99, the resolution that opposes ratification of the CRC in
America. We are still just 2 senators away from our goal of 40
cosponsors on that measure.
To check on the status of your Senators and find their D.C. phone numbers (if they aren’t already signed on), visit ParentalRights.org/Status.
Thank you for standing with us to preserve parental rights.
By preserving our freedoms here, we continue to hold out hope for
liberty to the rest of the world.
Director of Communications & Research
P.O. Box 1090 Purcellville, VA 20134 * (540)-751-1200 * firstname.lastname@example.org