There are so many heated discussions lately about public schools. I have hesitated on sharing my thoughts on the matter because I am the type of person who wants to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. I know many people who work for schools. That attitude does not fix things for my children though, and I can’t sit back and watch what is unfolding go without speaking up. I’m sure there are wonderful teachers in the public school systems, but their voices are alarmingly silent. What are our children facing in schools right now? And what can we do about it?
Teachers as babysitters?
Frequently, the comment has been made by teachers, “I am sick of parents acting like we are babysitters.” This always irritates me. Society has changed in such a way that both parents often have to work to support a family. Not to mention single parents who are trying to survive. Society has constructed average business days around our cultural norms. Schools are a part of our society. Do they think we should be anxiously sitting at home with phone in hand? We have to work to pay the property taxes on the homes we own, so that we can pay them to teach our children. I pay them. You pay them. As taxpayers, we pay their salaries. Our property taxes pay for their salaries. They are not giving a free community service. Teachers chose this career path, and willingly accept tax payer money to do their job. THEY WORK FOR US.
In this article, there is a video with a school board who thinks they are in a private setting, letting everyone see their real thoughts. One person says, “They want their babysitters back.” Their behavior is incredibly unprofessional. One parent responds:
You told me I have to put my kid in school eight hours a day! That is literally a law; it is a law that my kid has to be in school. And now you’re telling me that the expectation should also be that I am free for all of that time, even though I’m legally required to not have my kid here. So it’s odd that we’ve set up this whole system in which people are required to go to school and then we’re going to be, like, “Well, school’s not your child care.” You told me it has to be!”School Board Mocks Parents Who Support Reopening: ‘They Want Their Babysitters Back’ – Reason.com
The other part to this article is the pure disdain for a parent who thinks differently than they do. They demean, mock and laugh about parents who are standing up for their right to a public education for their child. They are elected by the public, and their true colors are shameful.
Peer Pressure on children
Let’s take a look for a moment at the actual definition of peer pressure.
Definition of peer pressure : a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked or respected by them”Peer Pressure | Definition of Peer Pressure by Merriam-Webster
Can you see any peer pressure being placed on you by the school system? Can you see it being placed on your children? What about in society? It is everywhere. It used to be something that children were taught to resist. And now, the very people who have authority over your children in public schools are the worst perpetrators of peer pressure.
They are pressured into being activists
the national BLM at School coalition unapologetically aims to create a new generation of allied activists.Should the Black Lives Matter Agenda Be Taught at School? – The Atlantic
They are pressured into becoming racist
Critical Race Theory… believes racism is present in every aspect of life, every relationship, and every interaction and therefore has its advocates look for it everywhereEight Big Reasons Critical Race Theory Is Terrible for Dealing with Racism – New Discourses
They are pressured into taking experimental drugs
It is important to note that the experimental covid shot is a drug. It is also important that people understand the difference between an FDA approved drug, and a drug that has been authorized for emergency use. There is a big difference.
They are pressured into early sexualization
They are pressured into keeping secrets
The remote learning circus that arose after Covid was discovered allowed parents an unobstructed view into the classrooms of their children. It was eye opening. Now that parents are aware of the damage being done to their kids, they are waking up and beginning to take action. Teachers do not like the fact that parents are more equipped now to fight for what their children are being taught. One school district had asked parents to sign a form saying they would basically stay out of it.
Kay added his chief concern was “conservative” parents overhearing his discussions with their children.School District Under Fire for Asking Parents To Vow Not To Sit In on Children’s Online Learning (westernjournal.com)
Sex education is being pushed on very young children. There are instances of secrecy in this type of education. This article discusses how children are taught how to get abortions, and keep it a secret from their parents. It has long been known that children should be taught that secrecy is bad. This helps protect children from grooming by a sexual predator.
Remind your child/tween/teen that if anyone asks them to keep a secret from their parents this is a red flag, bad secret. Exactly the type of secret you need to tell a trusted adult.Does Your Child Keep Secrets? | KidSafe Foundation
What can be done to restore schools to an educational system, and not an indoctrination center?
Run for positions and vote
We are watching the consequences of voting unfold every day. Not voting carries the same weight as voting. The non-voter simply has no say in the outcome. If you know someone who would be a good fit for school board, and they represent your values, encourage them to run! Support them in any way you can, including financially. It costs an unbelievable amount of money to run for elected positions.
For too long, we have been going about our lives, so busy with the mundane everyday tasks that we had no idea what was festering within our school systems. We must pay attention to the small things. The things we don’t think matter. We should talk with our children, in an open and interested manner. Ask questions, be present, be approachable, be available.
Finding the courage to stand up and speak out when you see something wrong can be daunting. It is important, especially when it comes to children who do not yet have these skills. They will try to shame you, silence you, and make it inconvenient. Do it anyway. Set an example, and be strong for your little ones.
Transparency and cameras
Our police officers are now wearing body cameras to document their work. Police officers are held accountable for how they treat our community members and loved ones during law enforcement encounters. We demand transparency from our officers.
We have cameras now in most daycare centers who care for our beloved babies. Many places allow parental access to cameras. They send home slips about what they did that day. There is open communication. We demand transparency for our babies.
Why, then, do we not demand the same transparency with our precious children in the school system? Teachers have private access to our kids during the most vulnerable stages of their developmental cycles. As parents, it is our job to protect them. It is OUR job to teach them. If we decide to use public education to carry out our task, we should be very well versed on what we are allowing into the heads of our children.
My family is leaning toward a homeschool education for our children who are currently 4 and almost 2. There is a Homeschool Resource Center in our area that is a fantastic place to have children attend supplemental classes and activities. We took our 4 year old for some classes this term to try it out. One thing I quickly noticed is that there are signs telling people that there are cameras in every room, and it is recorded. They also ask that a parent to stays on site while the child is in a class. They allow parents to be as involved as they wish. The transparency is comforting and fosters a good relationship.
I believe all public schools should have cameras in the classrooms. Parents should be allowed to access them, and also view curriculum in its entirety when requested. We have put too much trust, and given too much responsibility to government run educational facilities than ever should have been given.
Pull your children out of public education until this is resolved. Do not expect little ones to be the “salt and light” that the world of public education needs right now. For all of the above reasons and more, they can’t fight the pressure alone. If you think you are scared speaking out at a school board meeting, try to picture your little one standing up to a teacher and a bunch of peers. This is the front line of the battle, and they are not equipped. But even if you homeschool, don’t stop fighting for the public schools. There are children that don’t have parents willing or able to fight for them for many reasons.
If you are considering homeschooling, but it feels overwhelming, there are many ways and many resources on how to create a homeschool environment that works for your family. Teach them things. Teach them educational things. Teach them beautiful things. Teach them funny things. Teach them life lessons. Teach them the gospel. It is our job. This does not mean we have to be the only ones ever teaching our children, but we are ultimately responsible to vet the people and material they are being exposed to. We should monitor their growth, pay attention, and take action to change things when it is needed.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.Deuteronomy 6:7
Put God back into our lives
Every time we remove the Lord from a place, something else will fill the void. And it will not be Godly. It will not be good. People are searching for an ideal world that can only be found when we get to heaven. This ideal world cannot exist on earth because it is a broken place filled with us as sinners… for now. That does not mean we shouldn’t try to make it a better place, but it does mean we will not succeed at making it a perfect place. To finally reach the ideal place, we must keep our eyes on God.
If we don’t stand up for our children, and put them on the correct the pathway to their future, someone else will guide them to a path of their choosing. Our children are our responsibility, our gift, and we should be strong for them.