Parents need to get involved in shaping their children’s learning. Go to the school meetings and challenge anything that you feel is contrary to what you believe in. One example of how our schools administrators are subtly changing the views of our children is the case of the Union Grove schools in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Union Grove is a small rural community 16 miles west of Racine and 16 miles north of the Illinois border. It has a population of approximately 4,300 people who enjoy the small town lifestyle with easy access to the larger nearby towns. One would expect a small rural town like Union Grove to be fairly conservative in many of their personal, religious, and political views. But if you look at the lessons that students at Union Grove schools are being taught, you will find something entirely different.
Tamra Varebrook, a local conservative activist in Union Grove, recently discovered that her 13 year old daughter was being taught politically liberal views in her 8th grade class. Her daughter came home from school with a crossword puzzle assignment that was part of a lesson plan on liberalism versus conservatism. Varebrook, being a responsible parent, was reviewing her daughter’s homework when she discovered something that greatly concerned her. The clue for the word Conservatism read like this: Conservatism – “The political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”
If that isn’t bad enough, the definition for Liberalism was: “The political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties.” On the back side of the crossword puzzle was a political survey asking the students for their opinions on a number of political topics, including guns and gun control.
Varebrook immediately contacted the school district to complain about the definitions. She said the school was sympathetic to her concerns and was told that the assignment was wrong and that the teacher feels horrible about it. The Superintendent issued the following statement:
“At Union Grove Elementary School we have always encouraged parental feedback and have strove to present a balanced curriculum. We sincerely regret any disapproval associated with this particular assignment. We will continue to evaluate materials used in the classroom.”
Note that Stevenson says they regret any disapproval with the assignment, not that they regret the assignment itself. Nor did she say that the school will change any of the teaching assignments. Now, they are going to review and evaluate the assignments being taught. What she really means is that she regrets that the school got caught teaching the students liberal philosophy. Varebrook told the local news: “I think it’s horribly distorted and it’s biased. It’s insinuating conservatives don’t believe in people having civil liberties. That it’s only for old-fashioned fuddy-duddies. Every piece of homework I’ve seen paints conservatism in a negative light. I can only imagine what high school is going to bring.” In an alternate reality, Varebrook might have uncovered a plot to indoctrinate the children to believe that only Liberals had good ideas and that Conservatives are the great Satan.
A recognized on line source, Dictionary.com, defines conservatism as: “The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.” “A political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change.”
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defined conservatism as: “A political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs.”
There is nothing in the definitions that says anything about giving up one’s personal freedoms as was defined in the crossword puzzle assignment. The designers of the homework assignment were obviously staunch liberals who took the opportunity to place their radical views into a public school lesson for the sole purpose of subtly making the students believe as they do. This is why it is so important for parents to be involved with their kids’ schools and the schoolwork and literature their children are being exposed to.
The alert parent is the ultimate defense for a free-thinking society. Demand that schools teach children from an objective point of view. History is history. It happened, and everything that took place is part of the story. What is not part of the facts is what you think took place and giving another reason from what really happened. History is objective for a reason. Everyone can learn what happened and then read about what the people at the time were thinking. Any historical event is a snapshot in time. What happens today is a snapshot of what is happening in our world now. Parents need to review what their kids are being taught, especially if they attend public school. Varebrook is one parent who understands that and urges all parents to become more actively involved with their kids’ schools. “We have to be involved as parents. Otherwise, there is nothing we can do to stop it.”
Please don’t make the mistake and think that this is just one isolated case of liberal brainwashing occurring in public schools across the country. There are numerous documented instances of students being taught things like: homosexuality as normal, Christianity and the Bible are wrong, the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist act, America is the evil of the world, Islam is a peaceful religion, and students should be willing to give up their constitutional rights for the sake of safety and security. It is more important to fit in than stand up for your rights.
If you don’t know what your kids are being taught, you are putting them and yourself at risk. You need to take time to get involved and see for yourself. Become a part of your child’s learning process so they know you are interested in what they are being taught. By being involved, you open up the avenue of communication between your child and you. If there is something amiss, you will have a better chance of finding out about it by being able to openly discuss learning with your child and their teacher. This is the best way to protect your child from the onslaught of misguided opinion or outright misinformation being taught in public schools today.
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