Parental Rights

Our parental rights are in grave danger. This is an issue of great importance to all parents everywhere, not just homeschoolers. Eighty years ago the Supreme Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).


Thirty years ago the Court continued this line of reasoning with the pronouncement that the “primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition.” Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).


Support for a high-view of parental rights has been seriously undermined by the current Judicial and Legislative branches of our government.  As a consequence, numerous lower federal courts refuse to treat parental rights as deserving of protection as a fundamental right. This creates an unfriendly environment for homeschoolers and homeschooling.


To learn more about the threat to homeschooling, please read The Third Wave of Homeschool Persecution by HSLDA Chairman, Dr. Michael Farris, and visit


The printable resources below are available at the website. They explain the need for the Parental Rights Amendment and the threats posed by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Print and distribute them widely!


Why We Need a Parental Rights Amendment


Twenty Things You Need to Know About the U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child


The Domestic Threat to Parental Rights


The Parental Rights Amendment: Frequently Asked Questions


Be sure to Sign the Petition, too: Numbers count! Please sign the petition to say, "Yes, I believe that parental rights should be constitutionally protected through the proposed Parental Rights Amendment." Our first goal is to reach 3,000 signatures from Maine to show support for the amendment to our Maine Legislators and Maine U. S. Senators!