NH Gives Power to the Parents
New Hampshire has passed a law allowing parents to opt their kids out of a class if they object to what's being taught in the classroom. The new law, which has raised contention, calls for alternative lesson plans to be drawn up instead. Critics say the law wrests control away from school boards and educators who come up with curricula in the first place, but supporters argue that putting the power in parents' hands is the whole point.
We want to hear from you this hour. Do you support parents getting the final say? Is education a public good - equally good for everyone? Should parents let kids opt out of science classes? What if they object to a book on an English class reading list? What about sex ed? Call us at 877 301 8970, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Arnie Arnesen, radio and TV commentator based in New Hampshire
Fergus Cullen, public affairs consultant, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, and an editorial page columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader
Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington, D.C., author of Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battle Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy
Neal McCluskey, associate director at the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., author of Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education