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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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To Whom Do Children Belong?: Parental Rights, Civic Education, and Children's Autonomy


ISBN13: 9781107150652
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99



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Most people believe that parents have rights to direct their children's education and upbringing.

But why? What grounds those rights? How broad is their scope? Can we defend parental rights against those who believe we need more extensive state educational control to protect children's autonomy or prepare them for citizenship in a diverse society?

Amid heated debates over issues like sexual education, diversity education and vouchers, Moschella cuts to the heart of the matter, explaining why education is primarily the responsibility of parents, not the state. Rigorously argued yet broadly accessible, the book offers a principled case for expanding school choice and granting exemptions when educational programs or regulations threaten parents' ability to raise their children in line with their values.

Philosophical argument is complemented with psychological and social scientific research showing that robust parental rights' protections are crucial for the well-being of parents, children and society as a whole.

Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
Introduction
1: Parent-child bonds, special obligations and parental authority
2. Parental rights as conscience rights
3. Parental rights and education for liberal democratic citizenship
4. Parental rights and children's autonomy
5. Policy implications.