Give parents a voice in education? Imagine that!

Photo: A high school biology class, by Dannel Malloy, via Flickr (cropped).

Our colleague Andrew McDiarmid wrote a excellent editorial for the New York Post on the insurgent movement in favor of the participation of parents in the education of their children. What, they think they know what’s best for their own kids? The gall of these people.

In fact, as with the culture of annulment, supporters of identification and skeptics of Darwin had been well aware of this problem for years, long before it came to the fore in the present moment. Academic freedom legislation, aimed at freeing teachers and students to discuss evolution objectively rather than as a sacred act, has progressed in part because parents took action rather than let education bureaucrats lead them. And it is very appropriate.

Respond to bureaucrats

As McDiarmid explains, it is not the government but parents who have the primary responsibility for educating young people:

Those seeking to quell the pesky parental rebellion in American public schools must face this simple and indisputable fact: Parents are the primary educators of their children. From before their birth, parents teach their children through their words and actions. As children grow older, parents often choose to partner with other parents, community leaders, and teachers to amplify their children’s learning. But the ultimate responsibility for the quality of a child’s education – physical, mental and spiritual – rests solely with parents.

Until the early 1800s, many parents embraced the spiritual duty spelled out in the book of Proverbs to “train a child in the way he should go,” with schools established by the church striving to do so. to support. But with the increase in immigration and urban development came the call to provide free, government-subsidized education for all. What began as a noble enterprise supplemented by non-denominational moral education has, in modern times, descended into an environment openly hostile to the Judeo-Christian ideas that fueled Western civilization and our unique American experience. As sociologist Susan Rose has said, the public school has become “the substitute for the American national church.”

While publicly funded “experts” took on the role of educating American children, the role of parents was largely marginalized. Today, we are reaping the consequences of this transfer of responsibility.

The “experts” and the bureaucrats have surpassed themselves, and there is a positive side to that. This explains why parents speak forcefully and take back their own historical role. For more information on involvement in science education, see the Free science website with its Petition and Legislation pages.


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