Teachers ‘in charge of our nation’s children’?

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Yesterday, a CNN anchorette interviewing Chicago Teachers Union head Karen Lewis about the teachers strike there said the following:

You are in charge of our nation’s children.

The statement was in the context of trying to express the importance of teachers staying in the classroom, I think. All I can remember for sure is my shock at her statement.

I didn’t hear Lewis’ response, but I doubt that even she would agree with the CNN anchorette, although perhaps she did. To be fair, I don’t know of many government education bureaucrats or teachers who would agree with such a statement, at least not publicly. But it does illustrate the conclusion to which at least one person outside of that bureaucracy has come thanks to decades of propaganda.

As I noted on Facebook, it’s the tagline for a new movie: “In Loco Parentis Gone Wild!”

No, neither teachers nor bureaucrats nor government are in charge of our nation’s children. Parents should be in charge of our nation’s children, but many of them have given up that responsibility to government. Many, however, retain that authority, especially among homeschool families like ours.

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Legislator flunks with effort to tie school attendance to driver’s license

The South Carolina Legislature is looking to become the latest state linking the right to drive for a person 16-18 years old with whether they’ve stayed in school.   The Digitel reports that:

A new bill proposed by freshman lawmaker Rep. Tom Young and co-sponsored by 45 House members would punish teens who drop out of school or habitually skip their classes by taking their drivers license away until they’re 18.

Young is calling the bill “a short-term solution to the state’s long-term problem of too many students not graduating.”

At least 20 states have passed similar laws, but a House Education panel postponed voting on the bill last week stating that too many questions remain.

It’s good that they’re asking questions. Several points came to mind for me: 

In most states, by dropping out after age 16, they’d be doing something legal, although I’m not sure if the action requires a parent’s consent. Ultimately, it should be left up to the parent whether they want their child up to age 18 to continue in school or drop out. So if you’re wanting to insure that students all graduate, then make the compulsory age of attendance up to 18 and don’t link school attendance with getting a driver’s license. There’s no logical legal connection. If a parent wants to take away a child’s driving rights for disciplinary reasons, they’re free to do that at any time. The state shouldn’t have the same leeway just because the young person is doing something the state doesn’t approve of but that also is not related to their ability to drive safely on government streets.

This seems to be simply another way for the state to secure its monopoly on education and its control of individuals. Callers to the Don and Roma Show on WLS-AM, where I heard about the proposal Monday morning, emphasized that we have to do something to improve the education of our children and keep them attending school longer. The problem is most kids do graduate from high school, but that doesn’t seem to help matters at all. That’s because our public schools are failures. Keeping students in them a year or two longer isn’t going to help the U.S. public education system–or help the children. While I prefer that young people get a 12-year education through either home schooling or a private school, I have no problem with them dropping out and trying to learn on their own through working in the real world. This is how things in our society worked before the “teen-ager” was invented. People went from being children to being adults through the acceptance of responsibility for their lives.

Enough mandates, already.

Public school helps student get abortion — thanks, WCIC!

A public school in Seattle reportedly helped a student to get an abortion during school hours without notifying her parents:

SEATTLE — The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.

What I would tell the mother, though, is that by sending your child to a public school, you are essentially giving up control over that child and handing it to the state.

But this is another example of how public schools see themselves and their role. Thanks, WCIC, for helping these schools do their job!

Public schools peeking in on students

A public school district has sent laptops home with students that have cameras that can be remotely activated by the schools.

Yet another reason for Christian ministries to support the public school system!

Thanks WCIC!

Pro-homosexual book in Scholastic book fairs

From the Illinois Family Institute:

The famous — and soon to be infamous — Scholastic Books has decided to include the pro-homosexual book for 9-12 year-olds, Luv Ya Bunches, in its middle school book fairs. This troubling book is already in the Scholastic Book Club catalogue, which is distributed to elementary school children. 

Meaning that at the very least public school children will have the opportunity to buy this trash.

Thanks, WCIC!

Don’t want socialism? Get off the bus!

This is a great post by Voddie Baucham on the hypocrisy of people screaming about socialistic health care and then putting their children on a bus that will take them to a socialistic educational facility (i.e., a public school).

Kudos to our public schools systems!

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Well, the good news is that these young people, apart from getting beaten up, threatened, etc., while getting inferior education, will be exposed to the world so they can better take part in it.

Let’s hear it for government schools! Thanks, WCIC!

(Yes, I know this is in Belleville and not Peoria. Same difference.)

the irredeemable public schools

On the heels of Barack Obama’s effort to impose unprecedented control over the lives of citizens through his health care effort comes his plan to insert his cult of personality into the lives of children whose parents have sent them to public school.

The lesson involved includes follow-up discussion on why it’s important to listen to the president and other authorities as well as other things supposedly learned from the One’s monologue.

One of the people upset about the Sept. 8 address is a woman whose children were in public school, pulled out for homeschooling, and are now back in the public school system. Talk about confusing.

Writing on Pajamas Media, Barbara Curtis says this:

Having kids in public school today is actually a profound responsibility.

Actually, it’s a profound abdication of responsibility. You have allowed the government to intervene between you and your children. You have given authority over your children to the government. Parents with children in public schools upset about Obama’s planned speech to their kids really have nothing to say about it. When they registered their children for public school (thanks WCIC!), they gave up that authority. There may be some things a public school will allow them to have input about, but by and large, you’ve handed over your children.

Curtis said she “worked” for 24 hours to make sure her children’s school would not be subjected to Obama’s speech and followup assignments. But her link to the e-mail exchange with the superintendent of the school district in question only showed that the district was planning to have teachers stream the speech later anyway. Curtis actually accomplished nothing. 

She also points out that

that there are teachers, principals, and administrators who see themselves on a mission: to rescue students from the “provincial,” “backwards,” and ignorant parents of the progeny in their care. …

Like most liberals, many liberal teachers see conservatives as evil and stupid. Posing as the tolerant class, they dehumanize and vilify those philosophically opposed to their political agenda. They will do their best to “deprogram” your children and convert them to the religion of liberalism. …

The key for parents is to take the time to find out from your kids what is going on in school. Ask good questions. My grandson says that his economics teacher is pushing ObamaCare — in other words, giving only one side of the argument and not equipping children to see both sides and think for themselves. My grandson will be gathering information calling ObamaCare into question. Our children need to be encouraged to learn how to debate and they need to see us as strong role models.

What Mrs. Curtis is doing is homeschooling her children in order to help them survive government school. The only thing she is modeling, though, is confusion: She is sending her children to public school only to have to teach them at home how to counteract what the public schools are doing to them. This doesn’t even involve how, as a Christian, she and her husband also have to counteract the humanistic teachings their children are subjected to.

Her approach assumes that government schools are redeemable. They are not. They are so entrenched in how they do things that no matter what measures parents take, their children will always be subjected to objectionable material. Mrs. Curtis shouldn’t be surprised that Obama wants to use the public school system to further his agenda. Any local control those systems had was long ago surrendered to state and federal influences.

Of even more concern is that Mrs. Curtis is a Christian author and speaker who has influence over Christian families.

More on public education

Voddie Baucham posted this recently about public education (emphases mine):

Education is discipleship; whomever we allow to educate our children is discipling our children.  “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40 ESV). 

If I knew for a fact the school down the street could ensure better test scores for my children, I still wouldn’t give them my children!  I am commanded to bring my children up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4), and to do so by teaching them God’s statutes when I sit in my house, when I lie down, when I rise up, and when I walk along the way (Deut. 6:7).  I am also admonished not to place myself, or by extension my children, under false teaching (Col. 2:8), or to expose them to teaching that undermines God’s Law (Matt. 5:17-20).  Instead, I must teach them to “take every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5), to refuse to be “conformed to the pattern of this world” (Rom. 12:2), and meditate on God’s Law day and night (Ps. 1:2). 

Yes, the academic argument is a potent one.  However, it pales in comparison to the biblical/theological argument for Christian discipleship through education.  Still, one wonders how any parent who truly loves his or her child and wants the ‘best’ for them could look at a study like this and still drop them off at the local government indoctrination center later this month.  But anyone who has been engaged in this discussion longer than a few days knows exactly what the answer to this charge will be… “OUR SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT!” (I even heard this argument from a woman in a school district in Georgia that had lost it’s accreditation!)

Parents do love their children.  Unfortunately, many parents are simply misinformed, and quite inert when it comes to the education question.  Prayerfully, studies like the “Progress Report” and updates like “The Continuing Collapse” will open a few more eyes.  In fact, I have met and/or corresponded with at least half a dozen families this summer who decided to leave government schools as a result of information they have received from these and other sources.  It seems there are some minds ready to “unplug from the Matrix” after all.

The study he refers to in the third paragraph is here.

Public schools

Here’s one good example of what’s involved in sending your child to a public school. And another.

Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids and Why” is a good essay by John Taylor Gatto. Religion aside, it shows why helping the public school system as it exists today is a bad idea–period.