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Decision Making by School Administrators in the United States and South Africa Using Two Different Standards: The Best Interest of the Child and the Right of Parents to Make Decisions for Their Children
International Journal of Educational Reform
  • Ralph Mawdsley, Cleveland State University
  • P.J. Hans Visser, University of Pretoria
  • Steven B. Permuth, University of South Florida
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2006
Keywords
  • Parent-child relationship,
  • parent participation,
  • children's rights,
  • south africa
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Abstract
The choice between or among parent demands requires a standard for determining which to accommodate. Although the best interest of the child seems like a natural standard to use, parents in the United States have a constitutional right to direct the education of their children. Thus, how does the best-interest-of-the-child standard align with the rights of parents to make decisions for their children, and should one of the standards take precedence where a conflict occurs?
Citation Information
Ralph D. Mawdsley, P.J. Hans Visser, and Steven G. Permuth, The Best Interest of the Child and the Right of Parents to Make Decisions for Their Children, 15 International Journal of Educational Reform 345 (2006).