FRC believes that both the responsibility and the authority for raising children rest primarily with their biological or adoptive parents. Government should empower parents to control the upbringing of their children and minimize its interference with the exercise of parental authority, except in cases of demonstrable abuse or neglect. Specifically, public policy should protect the right and maximize the power of parents to choose the form of education they wish for their children, be it public schools, secular or religious private schools, or home schooling. Public schools should avoid undermining parental authority or interfering with transmission of parental values to their children. Medical procedures should not be performed on minors without parental consent, except in cases of medical emergency or public health necessity. The right of parents to impose necessary discipline, including spanking, upon their children should not be infringed.
- The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance: What Parents, Teachers, and Administrators Need to Know by Family Research Council
- Sample Universal Opt-Out Letter that provides parents the legal right to withhold consent for their child’s participation in any class, assignment, activity, etc. that involves gender identity, sexual activity, sexual orientation, or abortion/contraception.
- 4 Resources for Parents to Fight Transgender Ideology and Policy in Public Schools
- All posts by Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow at FRC on education policy
- A Parent's Guide to the Transgender Movement in Education by Peter Sprigg
- Who Should Decide How Children are Educated? by Jack Klenk and Chris Gacek
- Title IX and Transgendered Students by FRC
- Gardasil: What Every Parent Should Know About the HPV Vaccine by Moira Gaul, M.P.H.
- The HPV Vaccine and School Mandates: Questions and Answers by Moira Gaul, M.P.H.
- Trump Reverses Federal Bathroom Folly, Will Fairfax Follow? by Cathy Ruse (February 2017)
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