The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 26 solemnly the right of parents to educate their own children. There is a close relationship between procreation and education, to the point that education is considered an extension or complement to generation.
The right to educate parents about their children is rooted in human nature, so that the right to educate and be educated not only depend on the fact that they are expressly included in a formal law. They are primary rights in the harder sense of the term. Therefore, the attack on the right of parents is, in short, an attack on the rights that children have.
Family is, therefore, the natural place to develop more intensely love relationships, service and mutual giving, making up the most intimate part of the human person.
Thus, the education of children is a primary paternal and maternal function, so that any other educator agent is delegated of the parents. Consequently, the school should be seen as an institution that is required to provide a close partnership with parents in the transcendental work of educating kids.
In the real life, education is sometimes limited to conveying certain skills, while seeking to satisfy the desire of happiness of future generations by showering them with consumption and transitory gratification, and so the kids are left alone in front to the great questions that inevitably arise in their lives, at the mercy of a decaying society, which has chosen relativism as its program of life.
State authority also has a duty to safeguard the freedom of families so that they can choose the schools they consider most suitable for the education of their children, according to their ideals. Parents also should collaborate with teachers going, both spouses, to the briefings they where invited by the school.
As far as possible, parents should be involved in associations to participate in the governing bodies, as well as in the various educational programs, and thus put all means to transmit human values in the education of their children.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” Therefore parents, and not the State, are the right holders to the formation of their children.
Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.
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