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Back to Table of Contents, A Declaration of Universal Rights

Article 3 — Family Government

Section 2: Education Of Children

Parents are endowed with the original right to educate their offspring and minor legal depend­ents. Parents are free to secure one or more agents of their choice, to assist in the exercise of this right to exercise this right. No law shall control, regulate or alienate this right, including any law rel­ative to when, where, by whom or in what manner children are to be educated. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit parents to retain the civil government as their educational agent.

This section is based on Section 1 but concerns itself with the education of children. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." The rule extends no jurisdiction over education to civil government or any other government except family. In­deed, the state has no jurisdiction at all over ideas or beliefs (see Article 2, Sections 7 and 8). Though parents are free to contract with a third party (excluding civil government) to assist in carrying out this duty, they are nevertheless responsible to God alone for its faithful execution. Such a contract does not violate the Genesis 2:24 one-flesh requirement as does the surrogate contract.

Civil government is barred as a matter of jurisdiction from serving as an agent or from assuming the duty in its own right since education deals with the mind. Furthermore, parents which are negligent in this respect and do not educate their children or provide for their education trigger no state jurisdiction either to educate on their behalf or in any criminal way.

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