The REVIEW - February 2014 - page 6

t is not uncommon for parents contemplating home education to ask,“Is home education legal in my state?”or perhaps,
“How can I be sure that the state will grant me the freedom to educate my own children?”In light of these familiar questions,
one more question needs to be asked:“Howmany parents in America today still believe that they have been endowed by their
Creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
The sad reality is that a significant number of parents in the United States have lost the meaning of liberty as expressed in the
Declaration of Independence. Nowhere is this more plain than in the area of parental rights in education.
The U.S. Supreme Court, as far back as 1925, confirmed that parents, not the state, have the right to choose by what means
children will be educated. In the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Supreme Court affirmed that:
The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general powers of the
state to standardize children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere
creature of the state; those who nurture himand direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize
and prepare him for additional obligations.
Too many parents today assume that they do not have the inherent or natural right to educate their children because they
have never been taught the true source and scope of their inalienable rights. Only one or two generations ago most U.S.
citizens understood that they had the right as sovereign citizens to do virtually any activity unless it endangered the safety
of another citizen or violated the public peace. In modern American society, just the opposite is true. Thanks in large measure to
by Michael McHugh
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