After reading the article and reviewing the website, http://advocatesforacademicfreedom.org, I felt we would be wise to learn more about what is happening in our schools, and what we can do about it.
Thanks to Karen for her wonderful work, and for taking the time to share with us here at PatrioticMoms.com!
Teaching correct principles of liberty to our children is vital! As Ronald Reagan so wisely warned, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Protecting Children from the Attack on Liberty
in the Public Schools
by Karen Schroeder, President of Advocates for Academic Freedom
While teachers deserve trust and respect, parents mistakenly believe that teachers are the watchdogs of the academic standards of the profession. In reality, parents can have greater influence than the classroom teacher over many aspects of educational standards. Parents need to exercise their due diligence toward the educational system.
During mid-2011, new standards for social studies were provided by state departments of education. These standards were influenced by college professors/educational experts and defined by a variety of committees and councils such as the National Council of the Social Studies.
Colleges across America are using the HANDBOOK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN EDUCATION edited by William Ayers to prepare teachers to influence American school curriculum. A chapter written by Bill Ayer’s brother, Rick Ayers, states, “…these social justice education projects fit equally well in history courses as in math, English, science, or art.” Therefore, developing a social and political ideology became preferable to mastery of basic skills. He explains that education must, “be enacted through transformative action in the classroom, the school, and the wider community.”
Teachers are being instructed to encourage students to become activists. This philosophy has influenced the new standards for social studies curriculum.
Parents need to know that in most states, districts do NOT have to accept these standards. Districts may write their own standards and they will, if parents require them to do so.
Concerned teachers were reminded that they must teach what they are told to teach and that insubordination was grounds for dismissal of teachers and administrators. The administrator’s effectiveness is determined, in part, by the level of cooperation he gains from staff.
Large numbers of parents did not protest this academic change. Therefore, those who write standards are now preparing for the next phase of change, re-writing the Constitution. Unless parents take a stand, Wisconsin students and students in most states will be required to analyze the changes made to the Constitution over time, to find a flaw in the Constitution, and to write their own amendments to the Constitution.
This is setting the stage for teaching children that the Constitution is flawed and must be replaced, a goal of many professors including Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith. That author stated in a Q and A interview that the cover of his book represents the Constitution’s tombstone.
Several organizations provide guidance and encouragement for parents who wish to become well informed and actively involved in their child’s education. Advocates for Academic Freedom provides information guiding parents through the process of locating the standards for social studies for their state and the process for parents to voice their wishes regarding all areas of academic study.
Specific information about how to address problems with those standards is provided in detail on the home page and the blog page of the professional site: http://advocatesforacademicfreedom.org/
Those parents who wish to assure that America’s children are learning to protect and defend the Constitution and the republic for which it stands will find Advocates for Academic Freedom an asset when organizing to communicate their concerns with their neighborhood school board.
About the Author: Karen Schroeder, President of Advocates for Academic Freedom, education consultant, free lance writer, 36 years in the public school classroom. She has a BA in Education from Augsburg College and an MA in Special Education from the College of Saint Thomas, and is an honor graduate from both universities.