U.S. FEDERAL JUDGE says there's no fundamental right to learn to read and write ????
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS - U.S. SIGNATORY RECOGNITION 1948
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elemen- 77 tary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and 78 to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their 79 children.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III, in his ruling Friday, noted the importance of literacy.
"Plainly, literacy — and the opportunity to obtain it — is of incalculable importance," Murphy wrote in a 40-page opinion. "As plaintiffs point out, voting, participating meaningfully in civic life, and accessing justice require some measure of literacy."
But those points, Murphy said, "do not necessarily make access to literacy a fundamental right." And, he said, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized that the importance of a good or service "does not determine whether it must be regarded as fundamental."