by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In August 2021, my children were launching into another precious elementary school year laced with uncertainty — woke and useless curriculum woven into daily lessons, invasive and senseless regulations that divided and destroyed students and neighbors, and a local teachers union that bullied me while in a private meeting with our former principal (because I said that schools were beginning to “indoctrinate” our children with anti-Americanism on my own social media accounts). …
… So, what should you do if you can’t opt out of public school right now? Get active. Here’s your checklist:
Examine emergency forms
Closely review all “standard” medical treatment/consent forms that schools present to parents at the beginning of the year — make sure you are not blindly granting permission for school officials to administer medical guidance and/or procedures without your permission. A rising number of school districts are now endorsing pronoun changes and suggesting medical intervention procedures without parental consent — in the name of creating a “welcoming and safe” environment for students.
Opt your child out of SEL, SexEd, and DEI
Social Emotional Learning (SEL), “gender non-conforming” initiatives, and “culturally responsive and restorative” Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs are proven code-language for victim-versus-oppressor education and activism. Keep a hawkeye for homework, worksheets, online lessons, and digital surveys created by outside agencies — the trend of inserting these into our schools is not for the purpose of achieving academic goals. …
… File a FOIA request now
Parents have a right to know what’s going on in our kids’ classrooms and, if warranted, in communication between teachers and administrators. FOIA stands for Freedom of Information Act — and we have a right to utilize it to access emails, curriculum details, and paper trails, so we may be fully informed about what’s going on behind classroom doors.