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Do Your Children Belong to the Community?

In Education, Parenting on April 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

CommunityDiane Robertson

Babies are born needing to belong. Children born to a mother or father who do not want them, neglect them, abuse them, or do not attach to them, often suffer from attachment disorder causing problems throughout their lives. Given this fact, it shouldn’t be surprising that some people feel alarmed when a MSNBC news anchor, Melissa Harris-Perry declared:

We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a private notion of children; your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children.

So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.

MSNBC, one of the largest corporations in America, has clearly gone along with the idea. The wording is deceitful enough for a lot of people to believe the idea refers solely to education. Even if the reference is just about educational decisions being made solely by the community/government, I would think teachers would be more alarmed rather than on board with the idea. The most frequent complaint heard from educators is that parents aren’t involved enough in their children’s education. Do they really want the community/government to be the sole decision makers in education? Most teachers would tell you that parents matter. They matter a lot. The better students are the ones that have the most support from their parents.

Can the “community” really make ideal individual decisions for children better than the parents can?

Imagine a society in which parents believed their children and the responsibility of raising their children did not belong to them. You should be imagining a community full of individuals with attachment disorder. Children belong to their parents and their families. Children have an innate need to belong to their parents. When attachment and sense of belonging is broken, the children cannot function appropriately in society.

MSNBC should consider the societal affects before promoting an idea that would detach parents from children and children from parents. One-size-fits-all decisions from community/government are not better for the education of children than individual caring decisions made by people who love their children. To educators and other government employees, children are primarily a paycheck. To parents and family children are integral part of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Lesson learned: Government can’t replace the family

In Child Development, motherhood, Schools on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

preschoolersAnn Bailey

Emma surprised me with her comment.  “I think the lesson learned is government can’t replace the family.”  Not something I would have expected from a high-level public school educator.  I had sent her an article about the latest study showing that the 50-year-old Head Start Program has been, for all intents and purposes, a dismal failure.  As a proponent and defender of most “progressive” educational ideas and programs, I expected her to give a fierce rebuttal and to tell me that somehow the researchers had gotten it wrong.  But this time my friend recognized the uncomfortable reality.

Head Start is a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. More than 20 million children, over the last 50 years, have been enrolled.  It has cost the U.S. taxpayer $180 billion – almost $9,000 per pre-school child!  Someone has evidently been benefiting from that kind of government spending, but it certainly hasn’t been the children enrolled.

Back in 2010, Health and Human Services (HHS) released finds of the Head Start Impact Study which looked at the progress of three and four-year-olds through kindergarten and first grade.  The results?  The program had little to no positive effects for children enrolled.  Now two years later, HHS has finally given us a look at these same students’ performance through the end of third grade. Head Start once again had little to no effect on social-emotional, cognitive, health or parenting outcomes of participating children.  In some parameters looked at, there were negative consequences.

The Heritage Foundation lists some of the highlights of both the 2010 Head Start Impact Study and the recently released Third-Grade Follow-Up Study:

  • Access to Head Start for each group had no statistically measurable effects on all measures of cognitive ability, including numerous measures of reading, language, and math ability.[
  • Access to Head Start for the three-year-old group actually had a harmful effect on the teacher-assessed math ability of these children once they entered kindergarten. Teachers reported that non-participating children were more prepared in math skills than those children who participated in Head Start.
  • For the four-year-old group, access to Head Start failed to have an effect for 69 out of 71 socio-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes.
  • Access to Head Start had no statistically measurable effect on all five health measures for each cohort, including receipt of dental care, health insurance coverage, and overall child health status being excellent or good.  (Please visit The Heritage Foundation to see more specifics on the two studies.)

Taxpayers have just received an expensive lesson on the obvious:  young children do best when they spend their early years close to and under the tutelage of their parents.  However, well-intentioned “Government can’t replace the family.”

 

 

 

The Facts about Your Child’s School and Christmas

In Courts, Parenting, Religious Freedom, Schools on December 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Christmas tree with vegetablesAnn Bailey

You can’t sing Christmas Carols or say Merry Christmas.  You can’t put up a nativity scene or read the Christmas story from the Bible.  You can’t do any of this at your child’s school? That’s what groups like the Freedom from Religion want you to believe and much of the population has bought into it.  But what are the facts?

The attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom have put together a fact sheet addressing the myths surrounding “Christmas and Public Schools.”   It is worth going to and reading the list in full.  You can see it here.  But here’s the short version:

  • You CAN sing Christmas Carols at public schools
  • A teacher CAN wish her students “Merry Christmas”
  • You CAN put up a Christmas Tree at school
  • You CAN read use the term “Christmas Holiday”

School administrators have been “brow beat” and cowed into thinking that the word “Christmas” has to disappear from our schools.  So have public officials who choose to remove a nativity scene or a “Christmas” tree from public places rather than stand up to the “secular police” and their legal bullies.

Don’t fall for it!   Encourage schools to maintain their traditions – no insist that schools continue their very legal Christmas traditions.  It’s a great time of year and your children should be allowed to enjoy it to its fullest.

You can’t say that!

In Free Speech, Religious Freedom, Schools on April 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Diane Robertson

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. However, all over the nation businesses, the government, schools, and universities are revoking those rights because the person in charge does not agree with what is being said or written.

A small example of this happened to my daughter when she was in the second grade. My daughter along with several other second graders was to go to the microphone during the second grade music performance and say what she was thankful for. In the rehearsal, my daughter got up to the microphone and said, “I am thankful for Jesus”. A flushed and embarrassed teacher pulled her aside and said that saying that was not appropriate and she would have to think of something else to be thankful for. My daughter, confused at the teacher’s reaction, agreed to change. Later, we informed her that the teacher was wrong. She still chose to change what she said.

In Wyoming, a city attorney ordered a restraining order against a pro-life group, Operation Save America, without notifying them. When the group went to set up their pro-life signs, they were arrested. Just yesterday, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in their favor.

Also in Wyoming, the state government wouldn’t allow the pro-life group, WyWatch Family Action, to display non-graphic pro-life posters in the state capitol. The ACLU took the case stating, “While the ACLU doesn’t agree with WyWatch’s anti-choice message, we firmly support their right to say it.” The state government has agreed to pay the $30,000 in attorney’s fees plus $1 in nominal damages.

In Phoenix, AZ,  a local resident planning to hand out flyers and speech to interested passerbys about his Christian religion at South Mountain Community College was told that he would have to pay a fee, take out special insurance, and give the school two weeks’ notice. Faced with a lawsuit, filed by Alliance Defense Fund Lawyers, Maricopa Community College officials acknowledged their decision to revise these policies. ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs stated, “Free speech can’t come with a price tag and a burdensome waiting period.”

In Minneapolis, MN, the city’s Park and Recreation Board effectively exiled a group of Christians handing out Bibles to an isolated “no pride zone” during the Twin Cities Pride Festival. The Alliance Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit, March 30th.

In Waynesville, OH, a student wore a T-shirt that said, “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe”. The school principal ordered the young man to turn the T-shirt inside out. The student did so, but after doing some research that night, concluded that he had a First Amendment right to wear the shirt. This student wore the shirt again the next day. He was told by the principal that he’d be suspended if he didn’t take it off. The student again complied, but with the help of Lambda Legal, an LGBT legal group, the student sent a letter to the Principal and filed a federal law suit.

I may not personally agree with the LGBT legal agenda, but, like the ACLU lawyer representing WyWatch Family Action said, I may not agree with what a person says, but I firmly support their right to say it. I hope the Minneapolis group as well as this Waynesville student wins their lawsuits. It is important for all of us to be able to enjoy the protections given in the first amendment even when someone else disagrees with what we believe or what we have to say.

 

 

 

Myth Buster Monday: Are gay activists trying to indoctrinate school children?

In AIDS, Homosexuality, Myth Buster, Parental Rights, Parenting, Proposition 8, Schools on May 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Pro-family organizations have been warning parents about it for years – schools are being used as centers for indoctrinating children to accept homosexual behavior as acceptable, mainstream, and normal.   It appears that the homosexual activists have finally owned up to their own agenda and created a lot of controversy in their own ranks in the process.

The popular on-line magazine, Queerty, recently published the article:  “Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?”    As the title states, the author not only admits that indoctrination is their goal, but tells other members of the gay community that being shy about their agenda has not served them well – and that needs to change.

Here are a few excerpts:

“They accuse us of exploiting children and in response we say, “NOOO! We’re not gonna make kids learn about homosexuality, we swear! It’s not like we’re trying to recruit your children or anything.” But let’s face it—that’s a lie. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.”

“Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?”

There are many other quite “remarkable” lines in this article, but much of it is too perverse and vulgar to quote – so if you go to the actual article, you’ve been forewarned.

A quick perusal of the “comments” section runs about 4 to 1 in support of what the author has written, but some Queerty readers were not so pleased:  “What an outrageously irresponsible headline. How dare you jack up hits by tossing out incendiary language which can be abused and misused by our adversaries?”  Another comment read:  “Congratulations you irresponsible morons.  Your post was immediately picked up by NOM  [National Organization for Marriage] and is now the subject of a postYou bear full responsibility for whatever comes of this.”

“What has become of this” is the truth finally being clearly stated.  No one seems to be denying that the goal is to indoctrinate children; they only are debating the wisdom of saying it openly and letting parents and the heterosexual community as a whole know about it.

 

Should schools implement anti-bullying policies that list specific categories or groups? Family Poll Results

In Polls, Schools on February 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Here’s this week’s Family Poll Question:

Should schools implement anti-bullying policies that lists specific categories/groups for special protection or a zero-tolerance anti-bullying policy that covers all students equally?

Here is the response of our UFI readers:

100 percent Anti-bullying policies that cover all students equally

0 percent Anti-bullying policies that gives special attention

We attempted to craft this question so as not to be leading.  But we couldn’t come up with a way that was not stating the obvious:  when you create a policy that gives special dispensation to some, you’re ignoring and diminishing attention or effort towards others.

United Families International believes that all students deserve equal attention and protection on this issue and anti-bullying policies can and should be written and enforced for the protection of all.  It seems to be clear to our readers as well.

Celebrate “Religious Freedom Day” this Sunday

In Parenting, Religious Freedom, Schools on January 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

Since 1993, January 16 has been designated as “Religious Freedom Day” in the U.S. “It was the genius of America’s forefathers to protect our freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice none at all,” reads last year’s Presidential Proclamation commemorating this First Amendment right.  There is much confusion and debate surrounding “freedom of religion” – what it is and what it isn’t.  This is particularly true of our schools.

The non-profit “Gateways to Better Education,” in partnership with Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), has created educational materials that will aid both students and parents as they confront issues in their schools. Their pamphlet “Free to Speak” outlines your rights in regard to clubs centered on religion, prayer at school, expressing your beliefs in class and in homework assignments, religious study during school hours, etc.  Alliance Defense Fund also has a program where they will send a letter directly to your school district to help educate administrators on this topic.

Take this opportunity to learn how to promote religious expression in your schools and community.  This Sunday, don’t miss this chance to celebrate and teach your children some of the basic tenets of religious freedom.

Go here to see more information on “Gateways to Better Education” program to promote religious freedom.

 

 

Michigan Student Expelled from Classroom for stating beliefs regarding Homosexuality

In Homosexuality, Parental Rights, Religious Freedom, Schools on November 22, 2010 at 5:08 am

An economics teacher wears a purple t-shirt to class to show his support for homosexual students, badgers a student for wearing a belt buckle that the teacher didn’t agree with, and then throws another student out of class because the student states that he disagrees with homosexual behavior.  The teacher was suspended and can’t figure out why.  Could it be because he should have kept to teaching economics and not thought it was his job to do indoctrinate his class with his own personal agenda?   Badgering students, refusing to accept their viewpoint, and then screaming at them in front of the rest of the class should probably be on the list too.

The school district in Howell, Michigan, has been the center of a controversy for several weeks.  The teacher, Jay McDowell, has unleashed the teachers union, gay activists, and the media upon the district.  The district recently released written statements from students who were in the classroom at the time in an effort to show, without bias, what occurred in the classroom that day.  You can read more on this story here.

Let’s hope that the school district does not back down on this one.  These students who were expelled by this teacher were not disruptive, they were not bullying; they were simply expressing their view…after the teacher asked.

Dictionary.com gives this definition of a bigot:  “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.”  Mr. McDowell certainly exemplifies that, all the while he was screaming similar epithets at his students.  Want to talk about a bully.

Pediatricians Help Educators Understand Same-Sex Behavior

In Child Development, Education, Health Care, Homosexuality, Schools, Sex Education on April 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Pediatricians are not happy with what is occurring in schools across the country.    On April 1, 2010, a letter was mailed to school superintendents across the United States, urging administrators and school personnel to refrain from validating or promoting homosexual behavior.  “We are increasingly concerned that in many cases efforts to help students who exhibit same sex attractions and/or gender confusion are based on incomplete or inaccurate information,” states the letter.

The letter informs educators that:

  • “premature labeling,” could encourage some teens to engage in harmful behaviors “that they otherwise would not pursue.” And while schools have a “legitimate role to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students,” it is not for them to “affirm” a student’s perceived same-sex attraction.
  • “Rigorous studies demonstrate that most adolescents who initially experience same-sex attraction, or are sexually confused, no longer experience such attractions by age 25.”
  • “In dealing with adolescents experiencing same-sex attraction, it is essential to understand that there is no scientific evidence that an individual is born ‘gay’ or ‘transgendered.’”

The American College of Pediatricians efforts were timely as April is the month when gay advocates across the country promote in schools their annual “National Day of Silence.”  However, the primary thrust of the letter was to direct educators to the new Web resource, www.factsaboutyouth.com which is intended to give rebuttal to the American Psychological Association (APA) and their campaign to validate same-sex behavior and promote their brochure “Just the Facts about Youth and Sexual Orientation.”  The American College of Pediatricians was founded in 2003 as an option for pediatricians who do not support the normalization of same-sex behavior, nor do they believe that allowing gays to adopt is healthy for children.

For the sake of your children, we encourage you to visit www.factsaboutyouth.com and read, read, read.  Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric that all the medical community believes that homosexual behavior and lifestyle should be accepted as normal and healthy.  This is one professional group that will certainly tell you otherwise.

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