Volume 13, 2008
Frank J. Russo, Jr,
The Issue of Parental Choice in Education
The most fundamental parental right is the right to guide your child’s education. This basic parental right was clearly enunciated by Pope John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio. But this is not only a Catholic view, but a universal one. In its famous 1948 Declaration on Human Rights, the UN declared, “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education to be given to their children.” Our country, unfortunately, has one of the worst records in the entire world in living up to this key principle, where education remains the last great unnatural monopoly. At a cost of over half a trillion dollars per year, U.S. education fares poorly compared to other industrialized nations. Competition, through parental choice, will improve the quality of education for all students, lower the cost for taxpayers and allow parents to better guide their child’s moral development.