Greetings from HOW. The issue of parental rights is, and will continue to be, one of importance to Homeschoolers Of
Wyoming. In the most recent Court Report, (the Home School Legal Defense Association publication), Michael P. Farris
has written an article about the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in the regular column,
Chairman's View. Please see this article below, along with the article entitled 'Parental Rights-Why Now is the Time
to Act'. For additional information regarding this, please go to:
HOW would like to encourage every homeschooling family to become more informed on this issue. Mr. Farris has also made
available a specific website to join with other parents in stopping the internationalist move toward child's rights,
but more importantly, to secure constitutional protection for parental rights. It is on the following web link,
www.parentalrights.org, that you have this opportunity to view and sign a petition concerning this.
As homeshooling parents and families, let us take encouragement from Nehemiah 2:18 ..."So they strengthened their hands
for this good work."
At its 2008 Annual Meeting, the HOW Board passed a resolution endorsing the following amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing the natural right we have as parents to raise our children. As home education is founded on parental rights, this is an issue the Board believes should command our attention.
PROPOSED TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.
Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.
No treaty nor any source of international law may be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.
The first step in the process to amend the Constitution has already been achieved. On July 15, 2008, H.J. Res 97 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, placing the above text before Congress for its approval. Both the House and the Senate must pass the Resolution by a two-thirds majority before the amendment goes to the states, where three-fourths of the states must ratify it.
The need for such an amendment has arisen because federal and state judges are eroding traditional parental rights in court decisions. Also, there is a trend in some courts to look to international law (i.e., laws of other nations, U.N. policies), for guidance in deciding cases. This body of international law does not afford the protection of parental rights that American jurisprudence has.
The amendment is being promoted by an organization called "ParentalRights.org." Please visit their website, www.ParentalRights.org, for more information.