Preface To Our Handbook On Student Rights
In 1975, the National Education Association wrote that there were two kinds of educational rights for students. As citizens in their society, they have a right to fair treatment in their schools. As clients of a public institution, they have the right to influence the services their institutions provide for them.
Students, therefore, have the right to substantial influence over their educational programs including the goals they pursue, the topics they study, the learning materials and learning processes they use and the criteria for evaluating their accomplishments.
In Brown vs. The Board of Education, 1954, the United States Supreme Court said that today education is perhaps the most important function of the states and local governments. It is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he/she is denied the opportunity of an education. Since all states have, in fact, undertaken to provide a public education system, education must be considered a right in that it may not be arbitrarily denied to anyone.
It is with these values that I urge you to consider this Handbook.
Boyer P. August, Ed. D., M. S.
High School Teacher, Administrator, Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, Educational Consultant, Student Advocate
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