Culture: Introduction

Culture and the Challenge of Self-Government

[Liberty] denotes not merely liberty of bodily restraint, but also the right of the individual to contract, or engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and generally to enjoy these privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.[3]

The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not a mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.[4]


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2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

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2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America