Pre-homeschooling, I detested politics. Once we decided to homeschool however, I quickly became aware that people are actively working to take away my God-given right to parent and teach my children. Educating myself and giving information to other parents about upcoming legislation is now very important to me. Especially when it pertains to homeschooling or my right to parent my children.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty has been signed by every country except the US and Somalia (at this time I don't know if Somalia has ratified it yet, they were planning to do so). Pressure has been mounting not only from the UN, but from within our own country to pass this treaty. The title doesn't sound too scary does it? I mean, how could a child having rights be bad? Hmmm, let's look a little deeper shall we?
The first thing that I found alarming is that when a treaty is signed by our country, it becomes federal law. Meaning anything that we have that may differ as state law, is now void. If this treaty were to pass, it would not be able to be amended or altered here in our country, it would have to take place at the UN level.
So what's actually in the treaty? I got the following list (and an additional 10 things about the structure of the treaty from this site).
- Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.13.
- The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.14.
- A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.15.
- According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.16.
- Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.17.
- Christian schools that refuse to teach "alternative worldviews" and teach that Christianity is the only true religion "fly in the face of article 29" of the treaty.18.
- Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.19.
- Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.20.
- Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.11.
- A murderer aged 17 years and 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.12.
When I first read this list, it just chilled me. This is an outright attack upon the family! Completely undermining the authority of parents! It wasn't long after I heard about this treaty that I heard about an organization. It's called ParentalRights.org. They are actively trying to bring legislation forward to protect our rights as parents so that if, by chance, this treaty is passed, it will not affect our rights to parent and homeschool our children.
I am amazed at how few people have heard of the CRC or of Parental Rights. Right now you can go to ParentalRights.org, learn more about this organization and its proposed legislation. You can also sign their petition and donate, if you feel so inclined. The site gives lots of ideas of how you can help. For me, the most important thing is to just help educate people before it's too late.
Here is a link to find out who supports the amendment in your state, State Watch. If your state doesn't support it, there are links from that page to your senators and representatives.
Jenny is the nutty mother of 5 kids and is married to a child psychologist (it's great to have psych help on site). Her varied ramblings are found at We don't call people poopyheads. Her interests are basically anything that makes her abnormal, such as homebirthing, homeschooling, herbalism and natural healing, and a survivalist wanna-be, to name a few.