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  • TAKE THE KING’S GOLD

    Filed at 8:35 pm under by dcobranchi

    It seems the right half of the blogosphere (here, here, and here, for example) is all aghast at the latest ruling by “activist judges” in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Why the apoplexy? The court ruled in favor of some CA schools who had given a sex survey to the kids without getting explicit parental permission. The parents sued, claiming their rights under the Pierce decision. The Court disagreed.

    “There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children… We also hold that parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.

    I think the Court’s ruling is correct, though not necessarily for the reasons they cited. Pierce was about choice. Did parents have the right to choose private schools? The CA parents chose the g-schools. What did they expect? Time to play by the king’s rules.

    3 Responses to “TAKE THE KING’S GOLD”


    Comment by
    LAmom
    November 3rd, 2005
    at 8:42 pm

    I understand what you’re saying, but considering that there are some parents who find it financially impossible to choose private schools or homeschooling, I think there should be some consideration for the parents’ feelings. I’m not saying that the parents should be able to micromanage the school’s curriculum, but everybody knows that sexuality is a sensitive subject that people have strong feelings about.


    Comment by
    COD
    November 3rd, 2005
    at 9:07 pm

    Yes, but it’s a state issue or a local schools issue. It’s not a Federal issue. I think the ruling is proper – even if their reasoning is flawed. There is no federal right to avoid sex education if your child is in the school system. That is an issue to fight out with the state or the principal.


    Comment by
    brian Sassaman
    November 3rd, 2005
    at 11:39 pm

    So parents have no “due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.” That is not news.

    Isn’t that the crux of why most people homeschool? It is for me. This sexual survey may be an example of how the general population and the government educators disagree on what is important in educating children, but in the list of grievances, it is very low.

    As to the legalities, I defer to the lawyers.

    But legal or not, it happens all day every day in public schools across the US, although the topic may differ.