February 23, 2012
While much of the nation’s attention was fixed on the now-infamous lunchroom incident at West Hoke Elementary School, North Carolina—a lunch inspector (!) from the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services confiscated and threw out a child’s perfectly good lunch, packed by his mother—another instructive incident took place in Michigan.
Testifying before the state legislature, Debbie Squires, an official of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, said that parents may want what’s best for their children, but they may not know what’s best. You can see it on video here.
Not to worry, though—highly-trained education professionals do know what’s best for children. In the immortal words of Ms. Squires, “They [educators] are the people who know best how to serve children… Individual residents [parents] are not necessarily the best to decide.” How “parents” wind up being called “individual residents” is another story, and probably a depressing one.
So there you have it. Between the federal lunch police, and the fantastically well-qualified educators who have made our public schools so breathtakingly successful, parents are pretty much left out of the equation.
Is this still America? Are we slaves to be despised? Are we dogs to be leashed? Are we cattle to be driven?
Shut up and pay more taxes. Do you think teacher pensions grow on trees?
This commitment to phasing out the parents goes all the way back to the beginning of public education in America. A hundred years ago, education theorists wanted to separate the children from the parents altogether, confining the kiddies to live-in education gulags where the parents could only see them if they got a visitors’ pass from the commandant…er, principal. Successful opposition to such schemes was led by—of all people!—the teachers’ professional associations. But that was 100 years before you had to sign a pledge to support “social justice” before you got a teaching license. How times change!
Really, parents—what do you know? Do you know how to teach first-traders that “gender is all in your mind: you can be a boy today and a girl tomorrow, depending on how you feel”? Educators know. Do you know how to teach your kids that it’s unfair for Jimbo to have more things than Fimbo, even if Jimbo worked and saved while Fimbo sat on his kiester and played video games all day? Educators are a whiz at teaching stuff like that! Can you teach your kids that Christianity and Wicca are equal, and equally true? Professional educators can.
Your role is to beget the children, pay for whatever needs to be paid for, and otherwise butt out and leave the rest to public educators. Get out of the way of hope and change!
Are we so cowardly, so credulous, so smothered in sloth, that we will keep on sending generation after generation of children to these public schools, until they finally do succeed in radically transforming America into Venezuela with cold winters? Is there no point beyond which public educators can abuse American parents, with no push-back? Would you send your children to school in a burning building, as long as it was “free”?
Shut up and pay more taxes. There are teachers who need to buy horse-farms when they retire at 55 years old. They shouldn’t have to give up their Caribbean cruises in order to do that.
“Train up a child in the way that he should go,” says the Bible (Proverbs 22:16). “And thou shalt teach them [God’s commandments, and His acts] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:7). Note that you will find not a single word in the Bible about sending your child off to be taught by strangers who, even if they themselves are Christians, are not allowed even to mention God in their classrooms—unless, of course, they have something derogatory to say about Him.
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Somehow the human race plodded through thousands of years of history, inventing things like writing, mathematics, engineering, cities, agriculture, moveable type, chess, railroads, ships, and aqueducts, among other things, all without the benefit of a single day of public education. Somehow individuals like King Solomon, St. Paul, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin managed without spending a single day in a public school classroom. You could name several hundred more.
Here’s a hint, a word to the wise. The farther we distance ourselves from God’s law, the more deeply we sink ourselves in man’s.
Don’t wait for them to come for your lunch. Get out of public education now.
© 2012 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com