The maternal instinct to shelter and defend her young is an integral part of every mother’s DNA. Although not expressed in a similar manner by all species or individual animals, protecting the young from harm and death is a survival advantage in the natural selection process. Even species normally considered “flight” animals like horses, deer, and some birds, become aggressive to frighten or kill predators when their young are in danger. Human beings have the mental ability to recognize non-physical risks, and, constrained by morality, we can react using communication and non-aggressive skills to protect their children.
A child’s education begins at birth. A baby’s brain is ready to absorb information from all the child’s senses and learns from the stimulating environment in which a baby lives. Interactions with family, especially the mother, have a lasting effect on the child’s mental development and create his or her future attitude about life. While no two children learn in exactly the same manner, a child’s first teachers are those who surround him in the home during the early years of life.
Most parents believe that the education of their children is a personal obligation and responsibility, one over which they expect to have meaningful influence. Dictators, however, understand that brainwashed children are the essential core of an obedient and compliant populace, and children must be removed from the potentially mutinous atmosphere of the home as early in life as possible. These competing concepts are now at the heart of the recent and intensifying “parent revolution” in America.
It is generally accepted that control of public education falls almost entirely upon state and local governments. The US Department of Education is constrained by Section 103[b], Public Law 96-88 as follows:
No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials.
There has been, nevertheless, a relentless effort by the collectivist elite to force local school districts to adopt a curriculum that indoctrinates children from pre-kindergarten to high school in the progressive “Woke” agenda. Young pre-adolescent students are taught that they can choose among numerous genders and sexual options for themselves with explicit visual aids. The Climate Change hoax is taught as scientific fact without allowing the presentation of opposing views, and restrictive rules involving word usage, micro-aggressions, and verbal offensiveness ignore the constitutional right of free speech and defy reason.
Most outrageous is the teaching of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. Both ideologies promote the idea that America was founded on racism and slavery, that white Americans are inherently privileged and racist, and that America is an evil nation that must be destroyed. Classroom lessons involve censorship of speech, the humiliation of white students for being white, and forcing them to take responsibility for the sins of the past they did not personally commit.
These programs are designed to create racial discord, dividing the people of America along racial lines. Original Marxist theory was based on the conflict between capitalists and workers with the only possible result being revolution. When that failed, the American Progressive Movement seized on race to create an easily recognized societal chasm, in spite of the historic improvement in race relations since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Johnson’s Great Society social programs. Using old words given new meanings (e.g. social justice, diversity, inclusion), the collectivists promote a “new” Marxism based on identity politics and fabricated racial hatred. We can all see the results in the streets of our cities.
The wealthy respond by sending their kids to expensive private schools and some families choose homeschooling if they are able. Both options allow parents more control over the curriculum. Most students end up attending government schools, a system in which education is run by teachers, teachers’ unions, and locally elected school boards.
In the run-up to the November 2021 election, parental arguments with school board members at public meetings have occurred with increasing frequency. These irate confrontations indicate that parents have lost confidence in the government’s ability and desire to provide quality education to their children. They recognize that their children are being indoctrinated instead of being educated. Moreover, the obvious arrogance of school board members and teachers fuels parents’ anger and creates an urgency for parents to take back control of their children’s education.
In elections around the nation last week, candidates opposing Critical Race Theory and mask mandates were elected to school boards in significant numbers. It is reasonable to expect that the conservative victories in these races will start a trend back toward traditional values in our schools.
The lesson is unmistakable. The well-being and education of our children is an issue that motivates parents to get off the sofa and take action.
Hibernation is over . . . Our Mama Bears have awakened and they are not going to take it anymore!