Parents vs Children

January 27, 2011

“The assumption is that parents have only their children’s best interests at heart, and therefore that their decisions regarding their children should outrank the decisions of anyone else. This is something which may protect children from state interference, but it does not protect them well enough from the influence of their parents, which can be equally destructive.”

I don’t especially like this quote, but it serves to raise the issues i’m concerned with.

Parents aren’t allowed to have sexual relations with their children, nor deprive them of an education, nor deny them medical treatment. The question, therefore, is to what extent the state should intervene in the rearing, education and care of children.

To what extent should it be morally acceptable or legally permissible for parents to religiously indoctrinate their children, or work to deprive them of the best available human knowledge? What rights do children have?


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