"Parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among the children.

Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION - FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO
OF POPE JOHN PAUL II


Additional Resources on Parents as First Educators

Divini Illius Magistri (The Divine Teacher, Encyclical on Christian Education, Pius XI)

Gravissimum Educationis (Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education)

Familiaris Consortio: (Fellowship of Families, Apostolic Exhortation, St. John Paul II) 

Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools, from "The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools"

Catholic Canon Law on Education and Schools

Catechism of the Catholic Church -- Article 4: The Fourth Commandment

Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Littleton, CO