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Things May Not Be What They Seem

Oh, how time flies. Kids will be back to school in a matter of weeks. This year, I hope to encourage parents and grandparents to pay close attention to what and how their children and grandchildren are doing in school. From curriculum to report cards, it is critical that parents are informed and aware of what is happening with their children’s education. Things are often not what they seem to be.

Every year, school curriculum seems to become more socially and politically relaxed allowing for content that should be left to parents to decide whether to allow their children to participate. In an admirable effort to create inclusive learning environments, many school districts are incorporating controversial LGBTQ media and information to be shared with students as young as four years- old. My concern is not as much with the topic as it is with districts’ reluctance or failure to inform parents when planning to disseminate such information.

I tell my students “If you have to sneak to do it, you know you are doing wrong.” Parents should be allowed to know what their kids are learning. Not necessarily to opt them out of the content, but perhaps to receive the information to compare with and contrast against what they believe as parents and as a family. Open and transparent information is not the enemy. Propaganda is.


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