World Evangelical Alliance Liaison Office Geneva  

Education

1.       Parents bear primary responsibility for the nurture and education of their children. This fact is recognized in international law.

2.       In justly exercising its responsibility to provide for the general welfare, government may and indeed should help parents meet their responsibilities. For most of modern history, such assistance has included the funding of elementary and secondary education. In many countries government also subsidizes college education.

3.       With its support of schooling and its mandate that all children receive an education, government should concentrate on upholding public equity provisions, assuring that each child has fair access to quality education.

4.       To honor the educational responsibilities of families and to fulfill its own responsibility to treat citizens equitably, government should be impartial in its treatment of the diverse types of schooling parents choose for their children.

5.       Those who educate and establish schools should be free to decide on the philosophical and pedagogical approaches they offer, the curricula they adopt, and the means of governing and administering the schools they open to the public.

6.       When government certifies a variety of schooling options that fulfill the public purpose of educating children and when parents choose schools for their children, justice demands that each child should receive the same kind and degree of public financial support. Equitable public funding should be offered without regard to the religious, philosophical, or pedagogical differences among the variety of certified schools parents choose.

7.       Schools receiving public support, whether via vouchers or directly, should be free to hire staff and to design curricula that reflect their distinctive educational, philosophical, and religious missions.

8.       At present, many governments fail to do justice when it does not fund equally all of the schooling options. This stands in contrast to public funding of school choice with very good result in some democracies in the world.