In 1925, the US Supreme Court said that children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? Mike explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. He examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.

Mike Donnelly is an attorney, writer, adjunct professor of government, and frequent media spokesperson on homeschooling, freedom, and parental rights. At HSLDA, Mike helps member families with legal issues and advocates for homeschooling freedom internationally. Mike’s work on international freedom has appeared in such publications as the International Journal for Religious Freedom and the International Journal of School Choice and Reform. He helped organize the Global Home Education Conference in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Global Home Education Conference in 2018 in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Mike teaches constitutional law at Patrick Henry College and is a US Army veteran. He and his wife homeschool their seven children.

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