Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1985

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

John A. Green

Second Committee Member

Lloyd M. Gabriel

Third Committee Member

Ronald M. Frye


This study presents an analysis of the parental rights involved in the selection and direction of the education of their children.

Six kinds of source materials are examined in the study: (1) legal citations, annotations, and digests; (2) constitutions, laws, codes, statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and proceedings; (3) law reports, reviews and analyses; (4) general reading lists, books and periodicals; and (5) related graduate degree dissertations.

There were two major reasons for analysis of parents' rights in the affairs of learning and education of their children. They include (1) that many of the controversies involving parental rights have their roots in the various relationships in education among parents, children and the state; (2) parental rights in the education of children have been given relatively less attention than those rights in other areas.

It can be concluded that the rights of parents and children are correlational, and should not be mutually exclusive, nor adversarial.