Summary of Meyer v. Nebraska (1923)
Relevant Facts: Petitioner taught German at a grade school and he was convicted under a Nebraska law that prohibited teaching of foreign language in grade schools.
Issue: Under constitutional law, did this law violate the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment?
Court’s Rationale/Reasoning: Here the state’s objective was to promote assimilation and civic development but this objectively was not reasonably related to the regulation.
Education and acquisition of knowledge is a fundamental right, and are matters which should be “diligently promoted.” Reasonable regulations for all schools are not at issue here, including regulating that English be taught in public schools; State regulations are not at issue here either.
Rule: Liberty means more than freedom from bodily restraint.
Important Dicta: N/A.