by Kelly Mann
Director of External Relations, CALN
As displayed across the country parents are feeling unheard, that their choices within schools are infringed upon and most importantly that students’ basic educational needs are not met. Do a quick internet search on school board meetings and you will get pages back full of upset, unheard parents. Babylon Bee satirically posted an article suggesting Michigan football stadium start hosting the local school board meetings to accommodate angry parents.
The importance of parental choice, from medical decisions to virtue and values formation, in the face of the lack of transparency in school districts across the country, has mobilized parents in unprecedented ways.
In many North Carolina counties, parents are not allowed back into buildings. Agenda-driven, controversial curriculums have been implemented in social studies. Health and science curriculums are scheduled be revised this year. In first day of class introductions students are asked to identify themselves as vaccinated or unvaccinated.
That education bureaucrats have chosen to focus on divisive issues while an entire generation of students aren’t reaching proficiency in the essential areas of math and reading is abhorrent. It shows an indifference toward our children’s futures. They debate preferred pronouns, while our children don’t even know how to construct a proper sentence. North Carolina students are in a crisis, and parents are labeled domestic terrorists for sharing their outrage at school board meetings.
Parents have a voice, and it needs to be heard. Parents have every right to be involved in the classroom. I eagerly look forward to collaborating on a Parent’s Bill of Rights that will include expectations for North Carolina public schools. Whatever the final version of the Parent’s Bill of Rights looks like, it must include: