Back to School

Posted by Larry Miller on September 7, 2011 under How | Be the First to Comment

Off to schoolIt’s that time of year that the younger generation is returning to the semi-hallowed halls of learning. The question uppermost in many minds is, What is it they are learning? The damage done by the government indoctrination centers we call the public schools has been well documented. However, this is the start of a new academic year and we can rejoin the battle with renewed enthusiasm as we look into the eyes of the youngsters depending on us to look out for them.

For those with children in school, now is as good a time as ever, to become involved in the PTA. We cannot leave this public facing organization to be a “yes, sir, how high shall I jump sir” lap dog of the teachers union. There are many good, dedicated teachers and they need and deserve our help and support. Then, there are others who also need help and support in guiding them toward the values of the people of this land.

For those not forced by the economy to live in a two wage earner household, or who have individual careers by choice, you may want to look into becoming a class room volunteer. Now, if you are like me, there is a problem with me donating my time to help ease the burden on someone who is being paid to do their job. However, it is a golden opportunity to observe classroom activity first hand. You will be privy to much information, many school districts studiously hide from parents and the public in general.

Parents also need to take the time to read through the books your children bring home. Don’t just look at the titles and headings. Much of what is presented sounds good on the surface, but when you look at the details, there may much you would be unhappy with.

This is where parental involvement comes in. You may not be able to change what the public schools are teaching your children, but you can certainly sit down with them and help their critical thinking by showing the errors in the information they are receiving. It doesn’t matter if it is the pseudo science of global warming, the fantasy theory of evolution, or any of the attempts at developing a secular humanist situation ethical system.

This will do a few things for you as parents. It will force you to become a little more knowledgeable in some areas. For many readers, though, this will not be a problem. The other thing, and most important, is that it will give you something to talk about with your kids. Studies show that most parents have only a few minutes conversation each day. Talk about what’s going on in their school life and studies.

They may not always agree with your arguments, but you will get them to consider the alternate views, and you will at least open some doors to conversation. If you are concerned enough about your children to take them to church, it is your duty to work with them to show them the errors in public education that will drive them away from the truth and destroy them for eternity.

What happens when you do find material that is inappropriate? Don’t go alone to the principal, superintendent or school board. You will be patronized, marginalized and ignored. Find other parents. Get people from your church or neighborhood to go with you.

By yourself, you will be frustrated and your time will be wasted. You will be looked at as an amateur trying to instruct “education professionals”. Showing up with a group of polite, but firm citizens who understand that each of these school employees work for the citizens. It puts the intimidation shoe on the other foot. The parents are not subjects of this government agency any more than they are subjects of their state or federal governments.

It’s another school year and the kids are ready for exciting new knowledge and seeing old friends. Let’s work to keep the promise they see in the school experience. These children are our blessing and our responsibility. We can’t push it off on the state… it’s short changing our children and the state is not doing a very good job.

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