Should parents get to choose what their children learn?

Asked by: Penumbra
  • Society isn't necessarily right either

    Who do you trust more to take care of your children? Yourself or the government? The most popular opinion isn't necessarily the correct one, so personally I'd prefer to take my chances with mostly capable adults rather than a generally corrupt and/or flawed government system. The way it currently works in most civilized countries is very reasonable for me.

  • It's the most logical option

    There are basically two categories you can out this into. There's learning by non-family members and family members. Pehe should family members be preferred?

    Well for one, we infringe on the family's rights if everyone but me gets to decide what their child learns. The parents take care of the child and raise it, so they ought to be allows to choose what they learn.

    For a second point, a child may change his/her views as s/he grows older. In fact, most people stray away from what their parents taught them to a degree. As one grows up, one develops new events and learning experiences to shape thought. In the end, the parents may have chosen certain things to be learned in early childhood, but eventually children begin learning by themselves outside of anyone's control.

    The government or society taking hold of what the kids learn, or the nanny state, does not create freedom of the child, it merely replaces where the argued oppression of the child occurs. Now instead of parents choosing, it's the state or society choosing. This is no better than the parent choosing, and it's actually worse:

    1) Parents know their children better than society or the government so they know how to address their kids and what to teach them better than anyone else.

    2)The freedom to believe in anything gets taken away by a standardized belief that everyone becomes a sheep to since their earliest age.

    3) The government wouldn't even be able to sort their own crap out to be able to come up with what the child should learn.

    4) Children become simple acts of procreation and not family. One important thing about families is having similar values. If no one can get along, how's the family doing? A child needs a strong foundation in family before becoming an adult.

    5) It imposes too much centralized government on the children for them to learn only what politicians want them to learn. Half of us don't trust half politicians and the other half of us don't trust any of them, so why would we trust them with our children's education?

    So the parents have the first right to choose what their kids learn.

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  • Parents have the right to homeschool.

    Parents do have a right to choose what their children learn and don't learn. Schools also have a right to teach what the state and federal government believe are priorities to be taught. Parents do not have a right to come in and tell a school district what areas to educate their children in, however, parents do have the right to pull their child out of that school district and teach them themselves.

  • Parents are responsible for their child's education, however...

    While I voted 'yes' to this question, I do so under the premise that these parents allow their child access to up-to-date and accurate information, from a variety of sources (computers, libraries, study groups and tutors etc). I do not believe that any parent should wish to restrict their child's freedom in learning and this includes teaching your children about religion and not teaching them the theory of evolution, as an obvious example. Now to address the homeschool vs. State school debate.

    Government run state schools are not necessary, nor are they always conducive, to good learning practice. In fact, many children - especially boys - do not fare so well in schools (particularly in higher educational facilities, just look at the college uptake rates of men and women) and the decision to homeschool or not should be treated on a case-by-case basis. Every person should have the option of homeschool presented to them, if their parents can allow it. Children learn surprisingly well in non-regimented school environments, as they have a natural curiosity about the world, nature and a variety of subjects that the majority of state schools can not hope to pander to with bloated classroom sizes, limited faculty and limited resources due to lack of funding. This changes, obviously, if you can afford to send your child to say, a Steiner school.

    It is a myth that children who are homeschooled will not be able to learn proper maths, or English, or any other subject that their state-schooled equivalents can. It has been proven that children can actually advance to higher levels in all subjects (respective of natural ability and access to resources of course) when they are homeschooled. The decision to homeschool should not be taken lightly, and it is hard work for the parents involved but the payoffs are often worth it with many homeschooled children and teenagers entering into higher education ahead of their state-schooled peers and with many businesses actively employing homeschooled children for their noticeably improved confidence and verve.

    The school system is failing children today. Means-testing results per school institution does not speak anything of the quality of education they are receiving. State schools are not a prerequisite for learning, and while this is commonly believed to be true, it is certainly not the case.

  • They are going to go through phases were they are going to choose different lifestyles.

    They change so much well getting older. I'm am 14 and I know that iv changed my mind on what I wanted to do so many times. I believe in order to grow that they need to know that their parents trust in their decisions. Allowing them to choose will allow them to become more mature and to know that what their doing is going to make them happy.

  • Parents Should Not

    I honestly think that parents should not have control of what their kids learn.They did not make the standards and they do not have to go through the trouble of teaching them either. Teachers are being forced to teach them what the government says so the parents should have NO say

  • Two different people, Two different views

    I honestly believed that, as a species, we had past the stage where parent are allowed to have complete utter control of their child's future, but apparently I was wrong. Parents choosing the their kids subjects? Why don't you choose a husband for them as well, while your at it. Anybody else agree?

  • Children have opinions

    Children have their own opinions on things and they have the right to follow their own career.

    The parents might want the children to follow the same career they did, even if the children have a different overview on that subject. This behaviour is presented to a minor's daily life and should not be encouraged.

  • No the shouldn't

    Parents should not chose what his or her child want to learn cause it is the child right to chose cause the child is going to learn not the parent but the parent can see what is the right for the kid ..Also kids now days are very wiser they can do a lot of things by them selves....

  • It wouldn't benefit anyone except the parents

    Choosing what your child learns takes away from the child's learning experience, and their individualism. When a teenager has elective in high school, it allows them to express themselves and explore their interests. Studies suggest that children don't typically learn well when their freedom is restricted.
    Also, if parents are bigots, they can choose to teach those corrupted values to their children.

  • What a ridiculous notion.

    So now some parent who hates math can choose not to teach their children math at all, and that child becomes ill equipped to deal with real life? Think of how hampered a child's future would be if the child only learned what the parent decided on a largely uneducated whim (the vast majority of parents have no experience in education or child psychology). You'd have children who had an extremely limited choice of future careers because they had no background in other fields, children who were completely ignorant of English or history or math or science because their parents just plain didn't like it. Children who are taught outright lies that contradict all fact because their parents are uneducated or ignorant and believe such things (I;m looking at you, Young Earth Creationists)?
    This nonsense would cripple the futures of an entire generation of children.

  • Parents may have flawed theories of it important to learn.

    Some parents don't believe the Holocaust happened. They want their children to believe the same thing. This doesn't mean that those children should be taught that the Holocaust never happened because it did. It is important for children to learn everything that can be taught to them so they can learn from the mistakes of others.

  • There is more out there

    Parents should have a small amount of control, but too much control brings the same problem of parents having no say over what the kid learns. Either way, the kid misses out on valuable information that people actually need and actually is useful. Not praises to Obama ( yes, some schools sing praises to our government and to other things. Germany anyone?) But not religious beliefs, hate toward gays, and the theory that puts dinosaurs and humans in the same time-frame(Really? Come on people,listen and look at evidence!) And above all, the ideas of the likes of American idol and "reality TV" should be replaced with the glory of the CERN super collider in Switzerland and complex algebraic formulas that actually move society forward instead of being caught up in a fantasy world where you learn nothing at all.

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themohawkninja says2013-11-15T21:50:04.530
Only to a certain age. Children need to learn certain tasks that they wouldn't even know that they need to learn, but after middle school, a child should be mature enough to understand what they have to learn by themselves.