Speaking Truth to Power: Challenging the Power of Parents to Control the Education of Their Own – Civil rights activists have long believed that progress toward full human rights is built on “speaking truth to power.” Speaking truth to power takes both courage and insight. After all, the authority of power seems so self-evident and power is, inherently, self-perpetuating. Yet periodically we have been called upon by marginalized groups – women, people of color, people with disabilities – to re-examine long-held beliefs and measure them against what we hope is a progressively more enlightened standard of human rights. Children are one such group, and the new frameworks for thinking about the rights of children have pushed us to re-think some of our most cherished beliefs and most hallowed traditions.