A new decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (in California) basically states that parents have no rights when it comes to the information that kids are exposed to in government school. The case looked specifically at sex education (insert Beavis and Butthead laugh here), but the implications are far-reaching. Here's an article about the ruling. The ruling says in part:
"there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children.... 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'll repeat the second part:
"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."
The public schools are necessarily better at determining what is and ought to be taught to MY kids (and YOURS, too)! The state is in charge of disseminating information. Parents are superfluous; our job is merely to produce the next generation of tax-payers who are smart enough to be productive but not smart enough to ask questions. Really, this doesn't come as much of a shock, having observed the process of defining the state curriculum in Georgia for the last few years. Georgia has some pretty whacky folks in Ye Olde Curriculum Department. For example, they recently decreed that The Civil War not be taught in high school. You know, because it was covered in Junior High, so that's good enough. The high school history curriculum skips from the 1850s to Reconstruction. As if this event doesn't hold some important information for all Americans, LET ALONE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE SOUTH!
I look at my kids and the idea that someone else, in government no less, deems themselves worthy of determining what and how and why MY KIDS should be "taught"---AARRGGH! The mind boggles. The cursing begins.