English Literature, History textbooks, Social Agendas embedded
Parents, grandparents, family, faith leaders, and community members are realizing the critical role they play in not only refusing the indoctrination of the most vulnerable in our society, but also in influencing the next generation. No longer can polite people stand silent and allow destructive agendas to invade our communities. Below are examples of concerns in education and ways to fight back.
EDUCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC QUESTIONS TO ASK
- Are your schools really teaching your children or just marketing high scores while not really excelling in learning?
- The leadership team may brag that their school is competitive, but do you really know that? Are ACT scores increasing or decreasing over a 5 year period? How about MAP scores? End-of-course exams for high school students?
- Have you compared your schools to those across the nation?
- Have you compared them to the districts next door?
- How are your schools’ employees supported? Do they have access to academic resources to help those students who fall behind such as reading specialists?
- Do all teachers have adequate planning hours to prepare lessons and return parents’ phone calls and emails?
- Are teachers assigned additional duties that used to be covered by paid support staff?
- Are teachers afforded current professional development topics and training that comes from outside the district?
- What is the professional development? Are their school leaders engaging the faculty in current topics such as how to teach students with disabilities? Students with dyslexia? ADHD?
- Are parents a part of the educational team or are they treated like the problem?
- Are parents welcomed in the school building or does the school make it difficult to volunteer?
- Are volunteer positions limited to a choice few opportunities?
- Are parents discouraged from engaging with the classroom teachers during anytime other than conferences?
- Are conferences options limited to a 6 minute session in which you have to fight fellow parents for a spot on one day per semester?
- Does the superintendent treat parents with respect by including them in all committees including academic decisions (what textbooks your child will use next year, the latest sex education or science learning standards)?
- Do you believe that your concerns about your child’s education are well received?
- How many bullying incidents in your school are documented each year? Where does that documentation go? Who can see it?
- Are students held equally accountable in their schools or is there a preferred class of students that live by a different set of rules?
- Do teachers provide a syllabus at the beginning of the semester detailing all the materials students will read that semester?
- Are the alternate restrictions of IEPs and 504s respected?
- Are teachers held accountable? How? Are district administrators held accountable for their decisions that affect your children?
- Bathrooms/Locker Rooms. What do your school board members think of “the Obama Mandate” on co-ed bathrooms based on gender “fluidity”? Ask them. What does the principal of your school say the district policy is? How about your superintendent? Does he believe that it is a federal civil rights issue like extremist believe? How will he/she help create policy to respect students’ rights to safety, privacy and modesty?
- Science and Music. Parents are reporting that a social indoctrination campaign is happening in middle and high schools to spend increasingly more time studying the contribution that homosexual individuals made in the field of science and music. Ask your principal: what does a person's sexual orientation have to do with their excellence in their field? Why would the field of science and music needlessly be politicized?
- Gay-Straight Alliance Club. Do you have one of these in your schools? Are all clubs treated equally and required to meet the same rules? Here is an example (BoardDocs® Pro student clubx leadership policy) of Parkway's Board Policy. Are external club sponsors permitted? Do they have a teacher sponsor? Do they have an external sponsor but other clubs are not permitted to do so? What materials do they pass out? What organizations provide speakers? Have you considered sitting in the after-school meeting of this or any club? Do any of the campus clubs on your campus have a parent permission slip associated with attending the meeting? Do any of the campus clubs require students to complete confidentiality agreements in order to join? Do they have a contract to direct students to a parent or trusted adult for more hot-topic issues such as abortion? Consider your parental rights when it comes to your child's education, even after-school activities.
LITMUS TESTS FOR YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT
Compare your school’s history textbooks with the accuracy of facts