Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
Our family is currently facing the question that a lot of conservatives are having to answer, of late: Should I pull my kids out of public school?
In our case, we have a 7th grader who is being bullied by girls in her class. She’s also struggling in other areas: students are required to wear masks, indoors or out. This includes outdoor P.E. activities. It might not seem like a big deal, but in our neck of the woods the afternoons can get hot. Really hot.
While running track in 95-degree heat (with the mask on) she suffered an asthma attack. (She’s an asthma sufferer anyway, but this definitely aggravated the situation.) Hours later, she was still not feeling well. I was pretty hot, myself, but it had nothing to do with the weather.
And then there’s the gender revolution and the cramming of this new agenda down the throats of the students. Don’t even get me started on the stories she’s told us.
She’s also faced a very awkward situation: her history teacher, who shall remain nameless, made this announcement to his student back in November of 2020: “I’m not allowed to tell you who I voted for, but I will say that I don’t believe the country is any better off now than it was four years ago.”
He then went on to tell them that he is a liberal.
So, she’s being indoctrinated. She’s being bullied. She’s being fed a new sexuality agenda. And she’s being forced to participate in activities that are damaging her health.
Other than that, she’s having a grand time.
So, what’s a family to do?
Many, of course, are simply choosing to school their kids from home (remote learning) because of the pandemic using the public school’s curriculum/teachers. They feel it’s safer than taking the risk of sending them. But for many working parents this isn’t an option.
Never was this a bigger issue than at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. According to an article in Time Magazine from August of 2020:
Such decisions are playing out across the country ahead of the first day of school, as districts announce reopening plans and individual families craft ad-hoc solutions in preparation for what will be, at best, an unusual school schedule. But the solutions available to wealthier families — from private schools to pricey learning pods — have highlighted the ways the pandemic is exacerbating educational inequities. While many students struggled through the spring to access the most basic remote learning opportunities, often without home Internet service and computers, others had the benefit of private tutors or all-day virtual instruction provided by their schools.
That was then. This is now.
In New York City, preliminary data obtained by Chalkbeat, shows that public school rosters lost about 31,000 students compared to this time last year. That’s 3.4%. I feel sure other school districts are seeing similar stories.
So, what’s a conservative family to do?
Activist Meg Kilgannon (in an article for Family Research Council) says:
There’s too much public money on the table to just leave it to liberals to use as they wish to ruin our nation’s children. Yes, the progressive Left has taken over education, but only because the Right has let them. While conservatives bicker endlessly about charter schools vs. vouchers, leftists are happily spending our tax money molding the nation’s young minds in their image. If conservative and Christian families leave, what about the children left behind? Not to mention the trillions of public dollars left to be spent? If public schools aren’t good enough for my kids, they aren’t good enough for anyone’s. The Right needs to stop bashing government schools and instead roll up our sleeves and clean up the mess. We didn’t make it, but we let it happen. How long are we going to let it go? How bad does it have to get before we finally say enough is enough?
I don’t know about you, but I’m with Meg. I am of the opinion—however antiquated—that we need to protect our kids. From drugs. From crime. From abuse.
And from the Left.
There. I said it. We need to protect them from the radical Agenda of the Left.
It’s time to look for new options, folks. Either that, or we need to get busy cleaning up the mess in our public school systems before it’s too late.