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Republicans Propose Parents Bill Of Rights

An excellent idea.

The Left has been trying to destroy the American family for generations. They know if they can achieve that then the fall of America to authoritarian socialism is not far behind. Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is determined to stop them. A Parents Bill of Rights is a good start.

Hawley: As just about every parent with school-aged kids knows, the Left is trying to shut parents out of education.

Joe Biden’s Justice Department has tried to turn the FBI into a monitor of school board meetings, with one DOJ official going so far as to draw up lists of federal crimes for which parents could be prosecuted. Failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spoke the Democrat Party’s mind when he infamously said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Wrong. Parents have every right to direct their children’s education, as the U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized. Parents make our schools work. The Left’s concerted effort to silence parents’ speech and ridicule their concerns is dangerous – for our children, our schools, and our democracy. It’s time to do something about it.

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That’s why I’m proposing a Parents’ Bill of Rights, for every mom and dad in America. My proposal would guarantee them the seat at the table they deserve, one that no bureaucrat – or political party – can take away. The need for action is urgent. Democrats and their allies in academia increasingly view our schools as laboratories for the indoctrination of American children. Over the past year, we’ve learned how school districts have quietly introduced new learning materials in classrooms related to critical race theory – often without parents’ knowledge, let alone approval.

Faced with backlash, now the Left denies there is any such thing as critical race theory, and the media gladly repeats the falsehood. But parents know better. An Illinois teacher reported being required to teach students that “racism is a white person’s problem and we are all caught up in it,” that “color blindness helps racism,” as well as the need “to disrupt the Western nuclear family dynamics as the best/proper way to have a family.”

Seattle Public Schools released a draft math curriculum including discussion questions like “where does Power and Oppression show up in our math experiences?” – as if addition and subtraction could somehow be racist. The Virginia Department of Education even issued a document denouncing “microinvalidations,” or “communications that subtly exclude, negate, or nullify the thoughts, feelings or experiential reality of a person of color.” In other words, the search for truth takes a backseat to racial identity politics…

Protecting tbasic parental rights can help start a new era of openness in schools. These rights will help parents get the information they need, and deserve to have, about their kids’ education. Empowering parents will, in turn, hold administrators accountable – and stop activists from lacing school lessons with toxic ideology disapproved by parents. America’s schools should be the envy of the world. And they will be, if America’s parents are empowered. The Parents’ Bill of Rights is a start.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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