With Harvey Milk Day sitting on the Governor’s desk and Alameda School District attempting to introduce homosexual acceptance education in kindergarten curriculum, I am left breathlessly wondering, “WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO PUBLIC SCHOOL?!”
(And I’m sure I am not the first person to so lament.)
Take a look at this . . . .
2009 Official California Public School Event Calendar
Race recognition in our schools:
January 19 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 20 – Frederick Douglass Day
March 5 – Black American Day
March 21 – International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
June 11 – Race Unity Day
September 25 – Native American Day
February – National African American History Month
May – National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
September – National Hispanic Heritage Month
October – Filipino American History Month
November – National American Indian Heritage Month
Environmentalism in our schools:
March 7 – California Conservation, Bird, and Arbor Day
April 12-18 – National Environmental Education Week
April 21 – John Muir Day
April 22 – Earth Day
May 3-9 – Be Kind to Animals Week
June 5 – World Environment Day
Women’s rights in our schools:
February 15 – Susan B. Anthony Day
March 8 – International Women’s Day
August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
March – National Women’s History Month
Other Days of Note:
March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day
April 1-7 – Labor History Week
Don’t get me wrong, nothing is inherently wrong with childhood awareness of each of these, but my goodness, what happened to the good old days of simple public instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic? Why are parents being steadily denied the opportunity to teach their children the essential moral lessons of all time? To honor women in a manner deemed appropriate by them whether that includes traditional roles or not? To teach about civil rights without mandatory instruction of newly contrived “rights”? To present the Constitution as our Founding Fathers designed it? To teach respect for the earth with whatever level of enthusiasm they wish to instill? To impart that true tolerance demands only respect for differences, not acceptance of them? What gives government the right to decide that parents are performing inadequately simply because children’s opinions do not align with those of popular culture, Hollywood, and Liberalism?
I think David Kupelian, author of The Marketing of Evil, hit the nail square on the head when he said:
“Today’s culture is so poisonous that your only hope is to literally create (or plug into) another culture entirely – a subculture. Just as today’s homosexual culture, for example, used to be a miserable subculture lurking in public toilets and seedy clubs, but today has become the sophisticated culture of the “beautiful people” and Hollywood, so must your true American culture – if it’s ever to come back – begin again as a subculture.
The best solution I know of for accomplishing this is to homeschool your children and network with other like-minded parents in your area. Trust me, it’s already being done, you’re not reinventing the wheel. Sports, music, drama, Scouts, 4-H, whatever extracurricular activities you want are all available to homeschoolers. You can literally pick and choose the culture in which your children grow up, and you can actively participate in its creation. I believe homeschooling today represents the single most important and promising avenue for the true rebirth of American Judeo-Christian culture. The real America is now being reborn in families where children are raised with real understanding and insight and protected from the insanity of the popular culture until they’re big enough and strong enough in their convictions to go out in the world and make their mark. May it only grow.”
He later goes on to say:
“Of course, the main factor keeping most American children in government schools is that they’re free. So isn’t free schooling a good thing? Sure. Free food is great too, but not if it’s been poisoned.
The government’s schools are free in the same way everything else the government does is free – you’re forced to pay for it with your hard-earned taxes or you go to prison. Still, it costs a lot to raise kids these days, and if you’ve had thousands of dollars extracted from you in taxes to pay for these schools, shouldn’t you get your money’s worth by sending your children there – for “free”? Although that’s a powerful magnet, there’s also a hidden cost, as John Taylor Gatto points out.
Beyond all the other reasons it might be unwise to entrust your children to the government, Gatto points to one more, which he considers the core problem. When all is said and done, he doesn’t dwell on the grotesque psychological experiments and failed pedagogic approaches, and school crime sprees that steal headlines. Rather, Gatto points to the subtle, soul-killing power of forced government schooling, the devastating effect on each child’s not-so-hidden genius of sitting at a desk in a classroom all day for one’s entire youth.”
. . .
“The net effect of holding children in confinement for twelve years without honor paid to the spirit is a compelling demonstration that the State considers the Western spiritual tradition dangerous. And of course it is.
The bottom line, says Gatto:
Spiritually contented people are dangerous for a variety of reasons. They don’t make reliable servants because they won’t jump at every command. They test what is requested against a code of moral principle. Those who are spiritually secure can’t easily be driven to sacrifice family relations.
Please understand. The people responsible for this disaster – both then and now – are not deliberately trying to hurt children. They are people who fervently believe, with a religious zeal, in a radically different world view than the one in which most Americans believe – indeed, radically different from the one on which this nation was founded.”
What is the moral of this story?
If you choose to enroll your children in public school education, don’t do it blindly. Don’t do it with a singular anticipation of the hours of free time it will afford you. Know what you’re up against. Stay involved. Be prepared to address any negative education from teachers and peers that your children may receive throughout the course of each 7-hour day. After extracurricular activities, you will most likely only have about three hours before bedtime in which to do damage control.
If you have a desire to homeschool, but don’t know where to start, just get researching. Yes, there is so much information out there that it is easy to get overwhelmed and give up. Just don’t. Empower yourself through education. Know your rights as a parent. Don’t get stressed out. You can do it.
Here’s to homeschooling and safeguarding the next generation!