The first school for a child’s instruction is the home, and the first teachers are the parents. The education of children is a natural right of parents. The ancient Greek writer, Plutarch, noted that “it is never too early to form the character and habits of the child.” Parents have the primary duty and inalienable right to educate their children as they see fit. This right and responsibility is not derived from the government, and exists prior to the claims of any civil government.
As your Delegate since 1992, I have been an unwavering supporter of both home-schooling and school voucher (like the G.I. Bill) or tax credit programs. I firmly support the right of parents to freely choose the schools their children attend, since they all pay taxes that fund our schools. Education vouchers or tax credits for parents will improve public schools through healthy competition, and allow parents to choose the best learning environment for their children.
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”
– Thomas Jefferson