As children head off to school, the house may be more quiet, but Patriotic Moms still have plenty of work to do.
This checklist can help busy moms make sure that our schools are not undermining our beliefs and values.
Take a look, see if the things you care about are on the list.
You can add, delete, or modify items, or even create a new list of your own.
The important thing is to take an active role in making sure the school is not teaching your child things you disapprove of.
Or, if you can't change what is being taught, you can discuss what you believe with your child and help prepare them for what they will hear at school.
Parent Checklist from CapitolResource.org
- Find out if your school has a student newspaper and subscribe. There are often announcements in student newspapers concerning controversial matters on campus...
- Find out if your school has a policy that allows minor students to leave campus for confidential medical treatment without notifying the parents. CRI has information on how you can take this matter to your school board and attempt to have the policy changed to a parent-friendly policy...
- When your kids come home from school, ask them if they did any journaling that day and, if so, what they wrote about. Teachers often have their students journal about their feelings on certain controversial issues, things that happen at home, etc, and then have the children leave their journals at school.
- Teach your child how to respond to the myths taught in public schools that contradict your values...
Scan textbooks, workbooks, teaching materials, and classroom handouts to ensure that your children are being taught in accordance with your values.
- Is it anti-parent? (Parents are ignorant, old fashioned)
- Does it instruct the child to keep secrets from the parent?
- Does it encourage a negative view of the child, his family, his country, or his future?
- Is it preoccupied with death, tragedy, hate, anger, revenge etc.?
- Is it anti-religion? Does it lead the child to reject morals and values taught at home or church?
- Does it lead the child to believe there are no absolute standards? (Morality is relative and depends on the situation)
- Does it encourage experimentation with sex, alcohol, or drugs?
- Does it censor out all knowledge of the importance of religion in American history?
- Does it force the child to make choices based on hypothetical situations and decide it is okay to lie, cheat, steal, kill, have sex outside of marriage, have an abortion, or commit suicide?
- Does it force the child to answer questionnaires about the family's attitudes, behaviors, customs, political views that invade privacy?
- Does it blur traditional concepts of gender identity and force the child to accept radical feminist notions?
- Does it censor out our nation's heroes such as George Washington but spend much time studying controversial contemporary figures?
- Does it lead the child to believe that global or world government is preferable to the American constitutional republic?
- Does it imply that government spending programs lead to economic prosperity instead of hard work and perseverance?
- Does it lead the child to believe that disarmament rather than defense can prevent future war?