Thursday, March 27, 2014

Common Core Strips Us of our Parental Rights

I apologize to all of my readers for my recent absence. Life has thrown me some curve balls and I feel that my efforts right now are needed in the fight against Common Core. It's not a fight that I ever thought I would find myself in the middle of but here I am. I have a lot of issues with Common Core but I am not going to go into those today. What I want to talk about today is how schools are trying to strip parents of their rights over their children. We keep seeing stories across the country of this very thing but what I never thought was that it could happen to me. But it did. 

 As parents, my husband and I talked and we have been very cautious with the programs that our children are participating in at school, particularly in regards to their health. We take them to the doctor regularly. We know how much they weigh. We know how tall they are. We take them to the dentist so they don't need the school to check their teeth. We, as their parents, are on top of these things. Medical data, in my opinion, is very private and we just prefer these things be kept between our children and their physicians. No big deal, right?!  So I sent in an opt out form 2 weeks ago to prohibit my children from participating in the BMI screening that is now done a couple of times a year in gym class. We allowed them to do the physical aspects of the fitness test but just requested that they not be weighed or measured. The school principal called me back and while he was still trying to convince me not to opt out, he advised that the school respected my request and my kids would not have to participate. The time came in gym class for this to take place, and as expected, my children were skipped over and all was well. 

In the meantime, I also have a multitude of issues with standardized tests. Again, my husband and I felt that it was in the best interest of our children to not be subjected to these tests so we chose to join the opt out movement. I again sent in a formal request for my children to be opted out of both the OAA's and the PARCC pilot exams that are coming up. After sending in the opt out forms, I contacted the superintendent, the principal and my children's teachers to ask what we could expect for my children on testing day. Would they be allowed to go to the library to read? Will they have something they can work on? I waited for several days on a response but still did not hear back.

Fast forward to this week. Tuesday night we hosted Dr. Terrence Moore here in our area and he spoke to a packed house on the dangers of Common Core. I awoke yesterday morning, and my life had been turned upside down. I received a letter from our superintendent telling me that I could NOT opt my children out of the standardized tests. He based this on Ohio law and advised that he had taken advice from the school attorneys on the matter and this was where he based his stance. I have attached the letter below so that you can see exactly what I received. 


As if this was not bad enough, telling ME, a mother, that I have no RIGHT to choose this path for my children, what came next was unbelievable. 

My kids came off the bus yesterday very upset. The superintendent had came to their school and my kids were singled out in gym class and forced to step on a scale to be weighed and measured, even though this had already been done in the class last week and my kids were opted out. I was never called. Never notified. My rights as a parent were violated. My kids rights to privacy were violated. And I am TICKED! I tried calling the principal but was told he was on the phone so I hopped in my car and drove straight there. What I was met with was unbelievably childish. Basically I was told by the principal that I am not his boss. They don't take orders from me. He gets his orders from HIS boss, the superintendent, and based on the letter that the superintendent had sent to me earlier in the day, they had voided my opt out forms and they were no longer applicable. What they did was take away MY rights to MY children. The Supreme Court has always held that parents have the supreme authority over their children in EVERY aspect of their lives, including education so how did this happen?

My job as a mother carries many titles but protector is the most important to me. When I see my children in harms way, it is instinct for me to do whatever I need to do to protect them from that harm. Isn't that the job of every parent? To protect our children? So what happens when our right to protect them as we see fit is taken away from us? 

I am not going to lie. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up in a nightmare in another country. Surely I am no longer in America if I am being told that I do not have the RIGHT to parent my children as I see fit. Parental rights are being stripped away from us, right before our eyes, and we didn't even see it coming. I held it together all day yesterday. Right up until bedtime that is. When I looked at the faces of my 4 innocent children, for the first time in my life as a Mom, I felt helpless and I felt fearful for them. My 10 year old daughter asked me if they had to go to school today because she was afraid that they would be singled out again and humiliated in front of their peers. And for the first time in a long time, I was no longer able to hold it together. My husband held me as I sobbed into his chest, unable to hold back the emotions that I had been trying to suppress for so long. My heart hurt. Not just for my kids but for all of our kids. If this can happen to ME, it can happen to YOU! Don't think for a minute that it can't. I never imagined it would happen so close to home and could have never prepared myself for the emotions that I feel every time I read that letter telling me that I don't have a right to do what's best for my children. Every time I think about my kids being called out in that gym class, taken to that scale, my blood boils because at that moment, my job as my children's protector was stripped away from me and there was nothing I could do about it. 

In the evenings, I sit down with my 8 year old son who is in the 3rd grade and often times, we end up with a box of tissues next to us to dry his tears because he is frustrated and he is confused by the "new math" methods that we are teaching. It is sad when I, a college educated parent, cannot help my child with his homework in the 3RD GRADE! When I sent in emails to the school asking about the things that we were seeing, I was told that my email inquiries were "borderline harassment." 

What are we doing to our children? How can we sleep at night knowing that this is going on? It doesn't matter if you are for or against Common Core. This is about parental rights. God help us all because I'm afraid this has only just begun. Oh how it hurt my heart to send my kids out the door to school today. As I sit here typing, tears continue to pour down my face. My children are not human capital. They are kids. They have souls. They have hearts. They think for themselves. They are unique. And they are MINE! My kids do not belong to the state. They do not belong to the government. They do not belong to their school. They belong to ME and I will continue fighting to make sure that NO Mom or Dad ever has to go through what I have been put through because I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. 

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

this makes me angry. i'm praying for you. for your kids. and for our schools. { thank you }

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are a perfect candidate for home-schooling. I believe every parent who really loves their children need to take them put of the Secular Humanist Bootcamps which are the Government Schools.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the typo, should say "take them out"

Tesa Jordan said...

I'm a substitute teacher..and can see how 'common core' is destroying our kids and any hope of them getting an actual education. More and more I am seeing the value of home schooling. The way you're being treated is criminal!

Andrea Kruse said...

This issue has been keeping me up at night. My oldest is only in grade K, but we are already seeing that he is being put in a "box" at school. He can read but his teacher was told not to let him work ahead due to them not having advanced classes anymore. The bright children are told to color while they help the struggling students. There is a lot of elaborate artwork coming home each week in his backpack. I am 99% sure we are going with online education next year so my son doesn't miss out on anymore recesses or play because other kids in the class are behind or disruptive. I haven't hit common core math, but I am not sure I want to either.

Brooke said...

I feel for you. I actually grew up near Celina (Lima), so this literally hit very close to home. My oldest child is now in school here in Lewis Center and every day I'm waiting for this to happen to us. I'm prepared to homeschool and try to teach other women how to do it as well if it comes down to it. But I know that I'm blessed to be at home to do so, and that not everyone can. This just isn't acceptable.

Elizabeth said...

My heart broke as I read this. I live in Celina but am homeschooling my boys. Common Core makes no sense and when parental rights are being stripped away we need to take a stand together! I fear you are right when you stated this is just the beginning. What is America coming to. I pray daily not just for our country and its leaders but for american citizens to take a stand when we know something is wrong. Prayers lots and lots of prayers to you and your family that God will guide you and give you courage and strength to continue to fight for your children!

Holli said...

1. "it is very import" - Proofread, Mr. Education Expert
2. For such a "professional" letter, the "Go Bulldogs" at the end made me want to reach through the computer & shake this "man".
3. A local homeschool group may be able to point you in the right direction to determine if you truly have the ability to opt your children out of standardized testing.
4. Don't go down without a fight! By all means, don't just pull your kids out & homeschool them. By all means, I highly recommend homeschooling or a private school with a more traditional curriculum (Abeka, for example, is very advanced but still teaches phonics & traditional math). But still continue to fight them so this doesn't happen to others. I believe that it won't be long that homeschooling will no longer be a right we have as parents, unfortunately, if we don't fight for it.

Melinda said...

Rockford native & attorney here -- If assessing student progress were all this state funded school were doing, then the opt-out form on 14th Amendment principles might not be applicable. However, because of the data mining that is happening via these tests, it would seem opting out on 14th Amendment grounds is arguably reasonable. The fact that he quotes his school's attorney and uses the "assessing student progress" verbiage without addressing the data mining tells me that his admission that he is 1) not an attorney and 2) doesn't understand is only scratching the surface. He is wholly ignorant of the argument in play and demonstrates his ignorance in a stunningly public way. I'm sorry this is happening to you--seems that other parents in other states have faced this & successfully fought it. If homeschooling isn't an option, perhaps banding together and fighting back is?

Melinda said...

I typed that so fast because I was so mad, I don't even think it makes sense. ;) Too many jumbled thoughts going on at once--violation of privacy seeping into the fundamental right part of my brain. It's bothersome that there is a lack of acknowledgment of your fundamental right as your child's parent to direct his/her education. It is also bothersome that the BMI opt out was rescinded without your knowledge and without any notice. It seems like Opting Out has been occurring more & more and there are even guides on line to help wih thte process: http://unitedoptout.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Ohio-OPT-OUT-Guide-FINAL-July-1-PM-2.doc. It seems that if parents were will for an alternative assessment to be used that opting out of a high stakes test shouldn't be that big of a deal--except it is, because it all comes down to money.

Anonymous said...

The thing is...it might be different if the tests actually came back to the students and teachers and parents actually knew how each child faired---but they don't. This letter from your super makes it sound like the tests are for *your* child's success when obviously, we know they are not for your child. Please consider signing and sharing this petition started by an Elyria, Ohio teacher, Dawn Neely Randall. She has met several times with Ohio State legislatures, and she seems to think they have washed their hands of this all---that in order for things to change, we the parents need to pound on the governor's door. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/saner-standardized-testing.fb72?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=10189297

Anonymous said...

Oh my, how absolutely heartbreaking! I hope that your family gets some resolution and that your children are never put through that again!

rosa said...

I got fed up with my son's school and pulled him out his senior year and home schooled.

Pam said...

I have been dealing with the same issues. My son is very very smart always scoring 96 to 99 (99 being the highest you can score) on his year end testing. But this year (6th grade) I started noticing a BIG difference in the way math was taught. He couldn't do the simplest division problem to their standards. He was getting the correct answer but it was counted wrong because he didn't show 20 some steps in how to get to that answer. I thought he was crazy when he tried to explain what he was having to go back and do. I talked to the teacher and sure enough, he had to do all that to get a grade. So instead of being able to do it in his head and come up with the correct answer quickly (as you would think they would praise him for being able to do), he had to take hours to do a lot of unnecessary steps in showing the way they wanted him to go about getting the answer.
I pulled him out of school in January, and am homeschooling him. I just can't tolerate the CC stuff, including data mining. They won't let us opt our children out of anything here either... so we are bonding! :)

Anonymous said...

If you are looking at online education beware. I am actually pulling my kids out of online education because it is a public school following common core.

Karen said...

I would take that letter and your story to the local news. I'd also try to familiarize yourself with opting out laws very quickly. It's complicated and exhausting, but if we don't all stand up and fight back, our children's futures are gone.

marsha0808 said...

Freedom project education is online education NO common core

Anonymous said...

This is so heartbreaking and makes me so angry. Thank you for sharing your story, so that we may share it across the nation. I hope people wake up before it's too late.

Jennifer G. in Oregon

Jackie said...

I am so sorry that you and your children are going through this. I am thankful my youngest graduated high school in June, because the changes that were made in the school this year I do not like. I couldnt believe the "Go Bulldogs" at the end of the letter. That alone would have made my blood boil. From what I understand, there are a lot of teachers who have been teaching for years that feel they are now only teaching for the tests. If the teachers can see this is wrong, why can't the higher ups? Too much politics in the school I think.

Lisa Easterling said...

In 25 years of homeschooling, I'm pretty sure that I've never begged anyone to homeschool, but I'm tempted to beg you to. Wow. I don't even have words for this. The man can't even write an error-free letter and he is telling you that you have no right to steer your children's education? Just stymied over here. If you can possibly do it, please homeschool. There's plenty of help available. No one (NO ONE) can teach them like you can.

Anonymous said...

As a fellow mom, my heart breaks for you. As a homeschooling mom, I desperately want you to know that it doesn't have to be this way. Your kids don't have to take those tests. You don't have to send them out the door to be bullied by the very people who should be caring for them. You don't have to worry about them being singled out. You and your son don't have to cry over math every night. It truly and honestly does not have to be this way. Bring your children home. There is so much support to be found online, and probably right within your own community for homeschooling families. No one will ever love and care for your children the way you do, ever. No one will know their hearts, understand their capabilities, recognize their fears, or hope for the realization of their dreams the way that you do. Bring them home. Love them. Keep them safe. Provide them the education that fits them, and learn together as a family. I know it may seem like a scary leap to make, but it is a decision that you will absolutely not regret. NO Bulldogs.

Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry, this is awful. But to everyone else, practice civil disobedience and opt out on your own by having your kids just fill in the tests randomly. There was one parent I know that bet his kids a$100 if they could get a 0 on the test. They couldn't do it based on shear randomness.

Of course, for the tests they need to graduate they would need to do the test correctly.

Anonymous said...

I would love to beg you to homeschool on one hand but on the other I just can't. You have to do what is right for your family and if it didn't have to come at your childrens' expense I would say give them the biggest run for their money that you possibly can. Take them down! Unfortunately I did make the decision to homeschool, I just couldn't fight it at my childrens' expense. My daughter would have been fine academically but my son's test scores dropped by 39% points in one semester of school! That is NOT normal! Good luck to you and God Bless, whatever you do seek God and do what is right for your family! Much love and support from a homeschooling and common core hater mom of 4!

Jazgrl said...

First, I am appalled that the superintendent didn't even respect you enough to address you by name. Secondly, it is bothersome that a person who is in charge of the education of hundreds, if not thousands, of children is incapable of writing a letter without spelling and grammatical errors. And finally, I thought that the opt-out form was not a REQUEST to allow your children not to test, but a STATEMENT that you, the parent, are not permitting them to test. At least here in California, it is written in the Ed. Code that parents have the right to opt out of any or all testing and the school cannot do anything about it. Investigate your states Ed. Code to see if yours has similar language and don't give up the fight! Homeschool if you can - it's not perfect (I've been doing it for almost 12 years, and we've had our ups and downs!) but it's better by far than dealing with what's coming and the bullies forcing it down our throats.

Anonymous said...

That is horrible. But why are you still sending them to school? Why don't you homeschool them?

Nikki Knolla said...

Unfortunately this has everything to do with common core. In order for states to receive the stimulus package they had to encompass common core in it entirety. Included in that is a stipulation for the states to collect data on our children without parental consent. Now because states were so desperate for this money they adopted the common core standards without fully understanding the federal governments true agenda. They now have the right to monitor, track, collect, store and share your childs information and you cannot do a thing about it. The one and only thing you can do is write letters to your states representatives demanding a halt in the common core so your state can set its own standards. Educate yourself, friends, family and PTA (but be warned bill gates gave millions of dollars to the PTA as a whole to strengthen the "parents understanding and promotion of common core')of the dangers of common core. You are a voter and have power but there is power in numbers my friend. Stand strong and do not waiver you are fighting the right fight for the right reason. God Bless

Nikki Knolla said...

Also if you choose to pull them from school I would strongly encourage you to check your states laws on homeschooling. Some are very extensive and I would hate to see you get yourself in a jam over some silly paperwork they demand. I fortunately live in a state where they have little to no laws so my son will be pulled next year. He already hates school because of this nonsense and isn't even required to do the testing yet because he is in 1st grade. However I will be darned if I will subject him to that kind of unnecessary torture.

Anonymous said...

ALL of us have a dog in this fight! Certainly pull them and homeschool them if you can; this ensures you have absolute control over their educational experience, but write letters, encourage other parents to do the same, and don't stand for this. Whether people have children or not, we are all affected by what comes out of our schools, and if we don't take immediate action to halt the downward spiral, we will not be a free nation much longer.

Joanne Fineberg said...

So, here's the question. What's your next step? Parents all over the country are dealing with this. I'm not sure where to go either for safety. Are you staying and fighting, are you home schooling? Not calling you out, just genuinely curious where we, as parents, should go with this? Continuing to pay the taxes that pay the jerks that did this, and continuing to send our kids off to school won't cause any changes. We can vote for the right candidates, but that's long term and a hedged bet. Where do we go and what do we do?

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. In the state of Hawaii, i pulled my son from public school to home school him in 5 th grade, then chose Lutheran school. Again, in Kansa, when my written parental opt out was ignored for their version of sex exucation, I pulled him out of school n placed him in a Lutheran school. I was even contacted by a teacher about joining her in a legal suit. She eventually won her suit. My youngest daughter was educated with home school and Lutheran school as well until 10th grade. I just wasnt playing their game. Sometimes you just cant continue to fight while your child pays the price. Their education is far too important. Yes, you still pay the taxes for your local schools, but you dont have their nonesense any more. The hardest part is choosing a curriculum. Agree, Abeka is awesome. Saxon math too. Christian book distributors has great choices. God help all who struggle with this. Good luck.

Sarah Lewis said...

I think together we can win this fight but we must create an ARMY! We have to band together with others in our state, we need to continue educating others and networking together with parents and educators around the nation. If we do nothing, this is going to become the norm and I truly believe they will eventually try to ban homeschooling down the road in the not so distant future. For now, my kids will be staying in school as we evaluate the situation and look into alternate options. We do have a local christian school that is privately ran and funded. We have the option to build our own school or like others are suggesting, we can homeschool. We do have options! But we can't give up the fight.

Anonymous said...

Public school or not, parents pretty much have no rights to their children anymore. We've given our rights away little by little over the last 75-100 years. Taking over the world is a very patient game indeed.

https://www.facebook.com/freejustina

Mary Beth Comfort said...

Wow. Too close to home. I live in Dublin and we have embraced CC with a vengeance. I have 2 kids with IEPs that thankfully get modified testing and it gives me more input as well. Dublin receives about 130.00 PER student to incorporate this abuse. This along with the zero tolerance policies basically puts my children in a prison like environment. It is so disturbing. I was told by our new super that I am "misinformed" about CC. He went on to spew all the talking points. He is beyond help in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that your kids had to go through that! The more I hear these stories about experiences in the public schools, the more certain I am that we made the right decision for our kids when we chose to homeschool them. If you want to stop sending your kids out the door to that school everyday, bring them home. I think you will find a huge improvement in your family. No more sadness and frustration about school. http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/OH/ this page has links to laws in Ohio. You can also search for a local homeschool group to help you through the steps of getting started.

Anonymous said...

"Woke up in a nightmare in another country"?? puleeeeze! The Holocaust comes to mind and this in no way resembles that seriousness! You sobbed into your husband's chest?? Can you say Harequin romance novel?? Quit complaining and do something about it. Take all this time you spend researching and, instead, teach your children what you want them to know so they have no ability at all to think for themselves and decide what truly bothers them, and not their helicopter mother.

Anonymous said...

This is what you are dealing with........I just think most of us did not realize this until now.:
"Did you know that when we give our children over to public schools each morning, they apparently become school property until school gets out?

At least, that’s what a federal court upheld in 2005 when it ruled that school rights trump parental rights:

Parents and politicians alike were shocked when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Nov. 2 that parents’ fundamental right to control the upbringing of their children 'does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door,” and that a public school has the right to provide its students with “whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise.'

The court went on to clarify:
'Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed.'"

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous who isn't old enough to remember how the holocaust began, and who caused it----I really don't want to have a open battle on Sarah's page, but this is JUST how it all began in 1935, 36 and 37. The Nazi's took over Germany and ALL children had to go to public school (except Jews of course, they were not allowed) and they were propagandized and regimented into the Hitler Youth who informed on their own parents if they dared to say anything about Hitler. Your sarcasm is truly unChristian and I'm so sorry for you that you don't know anything about what happened before yesterday.

Heather said...

I am in Northeast OH and opted my child out of the PARCC pilot this week. Thankfully, the principal and teacher were very respectful of my right to do this. I think that because this one doesn't "count" it was easier. I have not tried to opt out of the OAAs yet. I'm more concerned about PARCC next year.

By the way, I went through some sample questions from OAA online and found a grammatical error in a test question. This is the group grading our kids...

This whole week I have felt like I am the only person who is bothered by this, and reading some of these responses gives me hope. Good luck with your district. Our Superintendent seems to respect parents about as much as yours, so I'm glad I didn't have to go that far this week.

Home For Them said...

I took my kids out for these reasons, even before we knew about Common Core. My kids were in both public and private for some time. They were in private when I took them out in 2008. No school is immune, with or without Common Core. They have authority-like it or not. I
I would LOVE to help you start homeschooling. FB me at Amy Annan from Wisconsin if you are interested. Hugs!!!

Home For Them said...

I have four kids, ages 15, 12, 5, & 3. We have been homeschooling for nearly 6 years now.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your children were subjected to this bullying by the Superintendent. This man sounds like he's more concerned about losing money than educating children. The only way you can get the attention of these edu-cratic bullies is to pull your children out and homeschool them. They are YOUR children, not his.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you are going through this, I am so sorry our free country has begun to be destroyed. It saddens and sickens me. This is why I started homeschooling my children, something I thought I would never do. Hopefully you will be able to find a way to protect your children from the mess that has been created by people who have no right to our children. :/ I wish you the best.

Anonymous said...

The school system might be saved, but I don't think it's going to happen in the next few years. We have home educated from the beginning (my children are now 15, 17, and 19) and I encourage you to consider it if it is at all a possibility for you. Our area has a very active, social home education community and my kids love it, especially the two with spectrum disorders (Asperger's and HFA - High Functioning Autism). Once weekly classes are available in most areas if you would rather just follow through with homework (instead doing all the scheduling, etc., on your own), and most areas also have groups that provide park days, social activities, field trips, etc. My children attend a Friday co-op and small group classes (usually 10-14 students) a couple days during the week, leaving time for social activities and pursuing their own interests. Something to think about, anyway ;)

Anonymous said...

Opt Outs Are Legal
Ohio law allows children to opt out of tests, said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Anonymous said...

If you do not want your students to take standardized tests, how do you expect them to get into college? The ACTs, SATS, IDs and APs are all standardized tests.

For grad work, there are the GRE and MCAT.

To get a job in various trades, there are exams as well.

Even the driver's license is a standardized test.

Clarice Minchew said...

My first grader started common core math and I do not like it. Their methods seem ridiculous at best and I don't understand how kids will do well with college math. They do not teach it like this where I went to college! My husband and I are both college graduates and don't understand part of the stuff they are doing now. How will we when she is older? And she is a smart kid! I never wanted to homeschool my kids after being homeschooled myself for a while, but if this happened to us we would be seriously considering it!

Brett said...

Sarah, you are not alone. I came to your blog via a post a friend of mine shared on facebook. Please take a look at http://www.parentalrights.org/ for support, information and resources for action. Also for homeschooling specific information I recommend checking http://www.HSLDA.org

Clara - A Slice of Homeschool Pie said...

I'm a homeschooler who has spent some time informing others about the truth behind Common Core. We have a Facebook page if you'd like to stay in the loop on how we are trying to fight against this in OH. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OPT.ACC/

Whether you homeschool or not, all our children will be affected by CC. Homeschool students will be affected by the SAT tests that our children take as they will be CC aligned starting in 2016.

Anonymous said...

Contact the ACLU. I just read that they are helping parents with test opt out. No school district wants to deal with them!!!

ACLU of Ohio

Executive Director: Christine Link

4506 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103

Phone: 216-472-2200 | Email: contact@acluohio.org

Web: http://www.acluohio.org

Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah, My heart aches for you and your children. If some one you knew raped you would you go back to that person and allow them to do it again? Why then are you sending you children to a system that has raped you and your children of their Natural Law? My prayer is that you STOP get your kids our of harms way and keep your children Under YOUR wings of control and protection. homeschool school should be your only option because You will be in control . Not the government. Also, this is a Constitutional right. I am learning myself. www.krisannehall.com may help you learn how much power you do have. The fight is not with Common core the fight is with the Federal Govt overstepping their boundaries. You have more power than you think. You just have to step up and take it. God bless you and your family I pray that you will STAND against the evil that is after All our children. Sincerely Concerned Parent

Quantmlife said...

Keep up the fight. I hate this happened but don't back down. This is worth fighting over even if you end up homeschooling. The behavior of your school system's superintendent is unconscionable. Thanks for sharing. Praying you get this resolved and quickly.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that your children are put in the center of your fight. It is the government/schools that have decided to use them as pawns. I have told my husband time and again that they choose the children on purpose to get us to conform to what they want. My husband talks about his rights and how he will defend them until they add the possibility of taking the children. We decided 4 years ago to take our children out of school. We have tried so many ways to educate. We tried public school, charter school and private school. Homeschooling at my house is not perfect but we have become closer as a family and I know that my children aren't being pumped with propaganda daily. People have suggested to me that I over react and all I need to do is pay attention to what they are learning. How do you know what they are being told? You can ask them but if they don't know the information is incorrect then they don't know to warn you. This system is so broken. There is so much money and politics in this fight. We have gone so far away from educating the children about facts in history, science and math. I tried to fight and stay in the system but ultimately, I could not continue to have my daughters suffer. There are still many families standing to fight against Common Core without their children dealing with the fallout daily. This struggle effects all families regardless of the educational path they choose for their families.

Know that you are not alone and we will continue to fight. We need more courageous parents who are willing to stand up for their children and their rights. Be strong, be smart and most of all be careful. These people do not like dissenters. As others said, know the laws, the procedures and your rights.

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