Family Research Council (FRC) affirms that the children of this nation belong first to their parents and families, not to their communities or governments. The primary responsibility and authority over a child's education lies with the child's parent or guardian.
Some people believe that professional educators, government officials, and the public education system as a whole are best positioned to make educational decisions for children. This belief is typically based on respect for the expertise, training, and understanding of pedagogy and social change held by education professionals. However, parents are often best positioned to make educational decisions for their children. The fact that parents devote so much of their lives, energy, and resources to rearing their children implies, on the whole, a powerful parental desire to do what is in their children's best interest. Parents are also the adults closest to children, and, in almost all cases, know their children better than anyone else.
Respect for parents comes, in part, from an understanding that families are the basic unit of society. For society to be healthy, families must be strong, and for families to be strong, other units of society - including government and its schools - must respect their independence. In light of these commitments, FRC favors the rights of parents to educate their children at home. We also discourage further Federal intervention in education but prefer policies that restore responsibility and flexibility to the local school districts and individual teachers and parents-those who are already closest to and most invested in caring for our children.
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- Who Should Decide How Children Are Educated? by Jack Klenk
- Common Core State Standards: FRC Position by Sarah Perry
- Common Core State Standards: Mathematics by Sarah Perry
- Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts & Literacy by Sarah Perry
- Common Core State Standards Cheat Sheet by Sarah Perry
- Common Core: The Government's Classroom - Moderators: Tony Perkins and Sarah Perry, Panelists: Dr. Neal McCluskey, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Jane Robbins, J.D., Will Estrada
- Common Core: The Dangers of Federal Power in Education - Moderator: Bob Morrison, Panelists: Maureen Van Den Berg and Allan Carlson
- Common Core: Uncommon Dilemma - Moderator: Sarah Perry, Panelists: Emmett McGroarty, Sandra Stotsky, and William Estrada
- Is Homeschooling the Next Revolution in Education? - Moderator: Chris Gacek, Panelists: Dean & Julia Nelson, William A. Estrada
- The Federal Takeover of Higher Education - Moderator: Chris Gacek, Panelists: Dr. Richard J. Bishirjian, Dr. Peter Wood, and Dr. Richard Vedder
- Is College Worth It? - David Wilezol
- Save Me from College Debt: Avoiding the College Debt Tsunami - Moderator: Dr. Chris Gacek, Panelists: Dr. Andrew J. Gillen and Sophia Ephraim
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