In the name of “the children,” the United Nations and other national and international groups are relentlessly moving to remove parental rights and responsibilities, around the world and in America, through international treaty called the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC. This treaty poses a clear and present threat to parental rights and to U.S. sovereignty. As observed by ParentalRights.org:
“The UNCRC dictates not only that the federal government must intrude into the family sphere, but also how the federal government is to monitor and govern the actions of our families. Parental rights would be replaced by “the best interests of the child” as defined, ultimately, by an international committee of 18 people in Switzerland.”
We heartily endorse the work of ParentalRights.org, and encourage others to get involved.
In solidarity with parents and families everywhere, we offer our own statement on the rights of parents and the role of educators:
- Parents have the natural right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.
- Teachers, administrators, and school board members are accountable to the families they serve.
- Educators must take care to not undermine the faith or values taught in the home.
- Openness and oversight are critical to educator accountability: teacher training and district-teacher communication must be open to the public.
- Parents have the right to view curriculum materials, and to request curriculum substitutions to fit the individual needs of their child.
- Parents have the right to be notified in advance of any special program, assembly, guest speaker, field trip, or other activity, and may “opt-out” of any such activity on behalf of their child.
- Educators must not provide mental or physical health services for a child without the consent of the parent.