Parents rightly choose what their children's learn, not the state

Posted November 3, 2017 8:01 pm by Editor

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In the Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, issued October 28, 1965 by the Second Vatican Council, we can find much useful information about a Christian education, as well as the duties and rights of parents. This short document clearly outlines the value of a Christian education, the role of parents and the state. Even if you have read it, it’s worth re-visiting. And so what are the responsibilities and rights of parents? We find the answer in paragraphs 20-22:

Parents who have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children must enjoy true liberty in their choice of schools. Consequently, the public power, which has the obligation to protect and defend the rights of citizens, must see to it, in its concern for distributive justice, that public subsidies are paid out in such a way that parents are truly free to choose according to their conscience the schools they want for their children.

In addition it is the task of the state to see to it that all citizens are able to come to a suitable share in culture and are properly prepared to exercise their civic duties and rights. Therefore the state must protect the right of children to an adequate school education, check on the ability of teachers and the excellence of their training, look after the health of the pupils and in general, promote the whole school project. But it must always keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity so that there is no kind of school monopoly, for this is opposed to the native rights of the human person, to the development and spread of culture, to the peaceful association of citizens and to the pluralism that exists today in ever so many societies.

Therefore this sacred synod exhorts the faithful to assist to their utmost in finding suitable methods of education and programs of study and in forming teachers who can give youth a true education. Through the associations of parents in particular they should further with their assistance all the work of the school but especially the moral education it must impart.

“Parents who have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children must enjoy true liberty in their choice of schools,” not governments or school boards or teachers. Parents should keep this information handy for ready reference. We encourage them to read this brief but valuable document. Especially today when there is so much confusion around the role of parents, and with with very aggressive secular governments who want to sexually (they use the word “educate” to reduce parental resistance) start to brainwash children at an early age. Governments have learned that best way to do this is to sever, at an early and vulnerable age, parental bonds.

Even Pope Francis doesn’t get this right in the encyclical 2016 Amoris Laetitia. Whether this was intentional or not is another question. The exhortation fails to directly state that parents have the primary responsibility to direct their children’s sexual education. It’s certainly not the Caesar of the day. In fact, the Vatican made a similar error when they released through the Pontifical Council for the Family the 2016 sex program called, “The Meeting Point.” The resource makes no mention that the parents are the primary educators of their children, in particular when it comes to the personal subject of sex. Again was this done on purpose? We don’t know.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly defines the role of parents: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” The legal idea of parental rights goes back to William Blackstone the English politician, jurist and writer. In the eighteenth century, he defined the Latin concept of loco parentis, which means “in the place of the parent.” Parents delegate their parental authority to teachers, school boards and the ministry of education. This common law notion has given schools the powers of “restraint and correction” in order to educate the child.

Sadly, today the school, school boards and governments are working hard to usurp the role of parents so they can have full control of what children learn. Recently in Canada, provincial governments have implemented radical sex “education,” fluid gender identity and gay/straight alliances while undermining parental rights. Parents are being consulted less and less when it comes to the education of their children. Quebec, Ontario and Alberta are three of the worst culprits.

We hope that parents read the Declaration on Christian Education. We have written about this document in previous posts. The exhortation is worth reading even if you’re not a believer. Tell others in your parish about it and why not start a group to inform and defend parental rights. The teaching can help empower parents to speak up for their rights and remind them of their true duties and responsibilities. This obligation should not be left to the post-modern state that wishes to indoctrinate and sexualize students while undoing parental rights. Parents have the right to choose what their children learn, not politicians or the United Nations.

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