ERIC Number: ED209731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Family Choice in Education: The New Imperative. Critical Issues.
Drawing on the writings of scholars in the field, this report presents the case for increased parental control over the education of children. It begins by maintaining that the American public school has fallen from favor mainly because of a decline in academic achievement and the replacement of the teaching of basic skills with social engineering. The author sees the humanistic curriculum and subjective values as the roots of the crisis. The author maintains that education is basically religious and neither can, nor should be, the value-free institution that today's educators strive for. Advocating reforms based on more family control and less state control of education, the report attempts to demonstrate that the Constitution and a number of Supreme Court decisions guarantee the primary rights of parents in the education of their children. Court decisions illustrating the legal tension between family rights and state control are cited. Finally, current proposals for increasing family choice in education are presented and explained, ranging from voucher systems to minimum competency requirements to moral education classes. The paper concludes that in this democratic, pluralistic society, all families should be free to train their children according to the values and beliefs they cherish. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Educational Responsibility, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Humanism, Parent Responsibility, Parent School Relationship, Religion, School Choice, School Role, School Support, State Church Separation, Values
Heritage Foundation, 513 C Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002 ($1.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment