Trust the expert. That would be you.

July 17, 2009

williamsburg day 3 191This may seem elementary to most of you, but parents have the right and responsibility to be in charge of their children’s education.  Chapter 11 in 30 Ways in 30 Days to save Your Family is simply titled Direct your child’s education. We sometimes forget that public schools are our schools – we have a right to be involved and informed, and since it is our children we’re talking about, we must be.  Some of us choose private education, then abdicate responsibility.  We still need to be informed about what is taught and how.   We need to be active participants in the education process.  Different children have different ways of learning, and it’s up to me – not some educator who can’t possibly know or love them like I do – to make the decisions about how and where they should learn.” (page 106)

While we must be polite and treat others the way we want to be treated, we must still demand, if need be, to be kept informed about what is happening in the classroom.

“The bottom line is that if a school is keeping you in the dark about materials, classroom procedures, or personal involvement, then they probably have an agenda they are hiding….I have one piece of advice: Grab your kids and run for their lives. If an adult in “authority” ever tries to force their brand of morality on your children, if any system that has your sons or daughters in their care says that you as the parent don’t belong, just get up and go.” (page 107)

By politely, but firmly insisting that you be informed and involved, you are protecting your child’s heart and their mind; you are being a parent.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, 2009, Rebecca Hagelin, Regenery Press

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