In part four of his exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, William Estrada — director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association — opines that United Nations treaties are threatening the rights of parents to make decisions about the education of their children.
“In our country, ever since Pierce v. Society of Sisters in 1925, our courts have ruled — the Supreme Court has ruled — that it is … the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the education and upbringing of their children. Not the U.N., not the federal government, not best interests, but parents. … The Convention on the Rights of the Child would turn that upside down.”
Estrada also suggested that the United States should not cede international leadership on rights issues to any world body by signing or ratifying treaties concerning education.
“Our country is a world leader in rights of women, in protecting children, in protecting and defending persons with disabilities. … We do not need to surrender our sovereignty to the United Nations to protect these people. We are a world leader. We can export that leadership to other countries that are struggling with protecting people with disabilities.”