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Nineth Court of Appeals Strikes Again



School Rights vs. Parents Rights

One  of the most liberal courts in modern history has decided to remove the rights of the parents in favor of the public school system.  In a California case known as; Fields v. Palmdale School District, parents were objecting to a battery of 54 sexually provocative questions presented to elementary students in the Palmdale School District. Take a look at this ruling...


REINHARDT, Circuit Judge of the Nineth Court of Appeals:

When parents of schoolchildren in Palmdale, California learned from their sons and daughters that they had been questioned in their public elementary school about sexual topics such as the frequency of “thinking about having sex” and “thinking about touching other peoples’ private parts,” some of them exercised their constitutional right to take their grievanceto the courts. The questioning was part of a survey the Palmdale School District was conducting regarding psychological barriers to learning. The parents brought an action in district court against the School District and two of its officials for violating their right to privacy and their right “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex.”


They brought both federal and state claims. The district court dismissed the federal causes of action for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted and dismissed the state claims without prejudice to their right to re-file in state court. We agree, and hold that there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children, either independent of their right to direct the upbringing and education of their children or encompassed by it. We also hold that parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as stu-FIELDS v. PALMDALE SCHOOL DIST. 15063. Finally, we hold that the defendants’ actions were rationally related to a legitimate state purpose.


In early American history both public and private schools focused on reading, writing, and math. Parents rights were more important than the school's rights.  It wasn't like Judge Reinhardt said, once you allow your child to go to a particular school, your parental rights are greatly reduced.  The local church was also involved with the child's education.  In 1840, the first public school was established in Boston.  The liberal establishment seen the public school as a way to try and change behavior and values to their way of thinking...And perhaps this is where Reinhardt draws for his ruling.


You put together a liberal school with a liberal court and now you got government telling you the establishment has the right now you to display what ever they want to your child and you have no say whatsoever...It's my contention that home schooling is the best.  The Nineth Court of Appeals though a small fraction of the courts today can be used as a model of things to come for Christian parents.  However, if you are a Christian parent who is unable to home school, it's important to fight the liberal establishment, and if need be take your child out of that school which strips you of your rights as a parent under the authority of Christ...   


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