Post #2 By Toby Quirk

Students in American public schools absorb ideas, knowledge and life purpose every moment of their young lives. During the school year they are immersed in a pool of influence. How much influence do their parents have in their children’s development, intellectually and more important morally?

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said over what should be taught in schools. The former governor later added, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” said Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in the 2021debate with Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. By the way Youngkin won the governorship of Virginia.

The governor’s comment did not come as a spur-of-the-moment retort. An increasing number of reports make it clear that some teachers bring their students into a secret alliance against their parents. Example:

When the Geary County school district in Kansas created a policy to deceive parents, teacher Pamela Ricard knew it was wrong. Ricard was reprimanded and suspended for referring to a transgender student by their given, legal name and pronouns in 2021. What she found deceptive was that the school district wanted her to use those monikers for the child when talking with the parents. The school district did not want the parents to know when a student changed their pronouns or name.

These accounts have encouraged many states to pass legislation governing the content of instruction in public schools and recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Parents’ Bill of Rights Act, requiring school districts to publish their budgets and curriculum to the public.

The question we should be asking is why are these measures being implemented by conservative politicians? In most cases where teachers are encouraging students to keep information from parents the crux of the matter has to do with issues of sexual identity. Some children profess their intentions to transition from their biological gender to the opposite gender or to slide from male to female and back again. In cases where they know their parents oppose such ideology they may find support from a sympathetic school teacher or staff member. Parents are shut out of the development.

Other areas of secrecy include instruction about racism, girls sports programs, and girls being threatened in private places, and in extreme cases covering up student criminal behavior and grooming.

What’s a parent to do? Well, dads, moms and care givers: get engaged. Some of you have relegated the education and moral development of your kids to the school. God has given the responsibility for raising a child to you parents and specifically to the father. Yes, you will have to rearrange you priorities and your schedules to devote more time to your kids, but that’s your most important job.

Get to know what is going on in your kids’ school. Request teaching materials. Go to school board meetings. Talk to your kids every day.

Teach your kids how to think. So much of public education ignores the valuable skill of thinking. Not just memorizing or regurgitating facts. Help them ask questions, like: what does that mean? Are there other ways to look at that?

Besides gaining problem-solving skills, being able to think independently will allow your child to resist peer pressure, form their own opinions and trust their own thinking when they are asked to do things they don’t want to do.

Our children will determine the future of our country. We are engaged in an intense battle for their minds. On one hand the values of morally obtuse advocates and on the other hand American patriots who maintain strong moral values. The physical, mental and spiritual health of the next generation is at stake. Teach your children well.