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A Call to Arms for Parents Upset About Obama’s Public School Address

Why parents should lobby schools against broadcasting the president's September 8 speech.

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Barbara Curtis

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September 3, 2009 - 12:18 am
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President Obama’s co-opting of what is, for many, the first day of school — not only taking unprecedented access to 50 million impressionable minds but pushing a curriculum turning children’s hearts towards Obama — has riveted the attention of conservative parents nationwide.

Consider the proverbial frog who will immediately jump out of a pan of hot water, but when the water is heated gradually will be boiled to death. Public school parents have in many ways been that frog, compromising and letting things go as our schools slid towards social engineering, producing citizens leftists could use to their advantage.

In the midst of that gradual temperature rise, this sudden power grab, using the executive branch to intrude into our local schools, has sent the temperature soaring so suddenly that many complacent public school parents have finally jumped.

Looking back at the pot, they see something frightening brewing. Consider these questions included in the Department of Education package of pre- and post-speech “Classroom Activities“:

  • Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
  • What is the President trying to tell me?
  • What is the President asking me to do?
  • What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

How narcissistic, manipulative, and self-serving!

Substitute the word “God” for “the President,” and it should be clear why something Obama supporters call benign is malignant to those who teach their children to put God and family first.

As a mother of 12, ranging in age from nine to 40, I’ve raised two generations of children — public school in the 80s, homeschool in the 90s, and back to public school since 2002. When we moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, we placed nine kids in six public schools. (This year we’re down to five in four.) My experience has given me more perspective than most; I have seen firsthand that an informed and active parent community is absolutely vital to the future of our country.

Having kids in public school today is actually a profound responsibility.

Parents, this is a different world than the one in which you grew up. And your kids in public school need more help and support than your parents might have given you.

Public school parents cannot afford to be passive any longer. You cannot simply delegate your child’s education to others — some who are wholeheartedly committed to subverting the traditions and values you hold dear — and walk away. You must be prepared to work as hard as homeschooling parents when the need arises.

You must make every effort to know what is going on in your children’s schools — and now, obviously, coming down from the executive branch — and become a parent activist in what in some places is beginning to look like a resistance movement.

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