Trusting Our Teachers
In New Jersey last February, some elementary school children were forced to recite praise for President Obama set to the tune of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" in preparation for a Black History Month assembly program. In another incident elsewhere, children were fingerprinted without permission.
For over 230 years, parents have entrusted their children's education to community schools. During those years, educators imparted knowledge, instilled moral behaviors and inspired students to become citizens who contributed to their world. Has this trust been betrayed?
We have witnessed many societal changes. Technology has carried us beyond our borders into a global setting of varied cultures and different ideas. These changes have created new "factual" opinions. Are our children being allowed to make choices based on sound learning principles and teaching strategies, or are they being forced to accept as doctrine the opinions of teachers?
Good teachers can teach the history of the world's religions and have discussions on topics like abortion or gay rights without imposing their own beliefs on students. School systems have policies, directives and curriculums that protect students from the overzealous intentions of educators.
It is the job of school administrators to monitor these situations so students receive exposure to ideas in a fair and impartial setting. It is good to teach children critical thinking skills so they can make informed decisions. It is not good to teach children the instructors' biases.
From the school board to the superintendent to the principal, is enough being done to protect our children? It is one thing to protect the child's physical well being. It is another thing to protect a child's mind. Change must be accepted by children, not forced upon them.
Parents, ask questions, attend school meetings and talk with your children about what goes on during their school day.
Richard H. Monroe
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