The 9th Circuit cour of Appeals has ruled that parents cannot prevent the public school from issuing a sex survey. The case in question was over a survey given to First, Third, and Fifth graders in Palmdale school district, California.
Yes dear readers. You read that right. “Sex Survey”, “First, Third, and Fifth graders”, and “Parents cannot stop”.
This particular survey was halted in 2002 after complaints from parents. Apparently someone was unhappy and litigated. It’s reached the 9th so far. More to come, I’m sure.
So there’s no doubt, this is what you’re up against:
The Appeals Court ruled that parents have ‘no fundamental rights to be the sole provider of teaching their children about sex and that they cannot prevent the public school system from teaching their children what it wishes‘.
Writing for the panel, Judge Stephen Reinhardt said: “Schools cannot be expected to accommodate the personal, moral or religious concerns of every parent. Such an obligation would not only contravene the educational mission of the public schools, but also would be impossible to satisfy.” Reinhardt also said 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.” [emphasis mine]
Parents have ‘no fundamental right’. Those are what they used to call fighting words.
Never mind that, unless specifically spelled out in legislation, government has NO AUTHORITY OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER OVER ANYONE. As I see it, the burden of proof should be upon the school district to prove that it has the authority to teach whatever it wishes. Unless it can do so, doesn’t the authority rest with the parent?
In any event, this sort of thing will never be solved in a meaningful, honest, just manner. The quote I included noted that meeting everyone’s needs was impossible. On this point I happen to agree with the court. Which is why I believe public education to be bad and getting worse.
Many of the commenters at the two posts I linked to point out that this is quite likely to be overturned, given the court and the judge involved. That may be true, but it doesn’t really make me feel any better about this sort of thing. Too much depends upon our kids to trust the crazies, in my humble opinion. That’s too bad.