Are Public Schools Anti-Parent?Written by Joel Turtel
Some public schools try to turn children against their parents with scary classroom stories or lessons about child abuse. Public school authorities have increasingly decided that they are childrenís first line of defense against child abuse.
This new attitude falls under what is known as "protective behavior curriculum." The assumptions behind this curriculum are that every child needs to be warned about and prepared for possible dangers of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse because allegedly every child is a potential victim, not only of strangers but of his or her own family.
Increasingly, school authorities instruct teachers to ask children questions about their parentsí behavior and actions toward them at home. The questions amount to asking kids to spy on their parents and report incidents that make them feel ďuncomfortable.Ē
Some school authorities use such tales by children to investigate or file charges of child abuse against parents who often did no more than yell at their children or spank them lightly.
In effect, to protect children from child abuse, some school authorities now consider all parents as potential abusers, use children to invade parentsí privacy, or make kids afraid of their parents. Often, children are disturbed and emotionally traumatized by insinuations school authorities put into their heads.
The following incident described by Charles J. Sykes in his book, "Dumbing Down Our Kids," illustrates this disturbing anti-parent campaign by many public schools across country:
Drugs and Violence In Public SchoolsWritten by Joel Turtel
Many public schools not only fail to educate our children, they can also be dangerous places. These schools are a natural breeding ground for drugs and violence. Children are packed into classrooms with twenty or more other immature children or teenagers, all same age. Here, peer pressure becomes socialization, pushing many children into using drugs and alcohol.
Put twenty teenagers in same room, or hundreds of teenagers in same school, and you have a breeding ground for violence. Young boys and girls have raging hormones and budding sexuality, and male teenage testosterone levels are high. Teenagers are in half-child, half-adult stage of life and often lack judgment and are emotionally immature.
Pack these teenagers together into cramped little classrooms, six to eight hours a day, and you have a mixture that can lead to trouble. Itís inevitable that violence will break outóitís built into system.
Also, even most conscientious teacher is usually too busy and overworked to give children individual attention they need. Critics of home-schooling often say that home-schoolers donít get proper socialization. However, so-called socialization in public schools is often cruel and violent. Bullying, peer pressure, racial cliques, sexual tensions, and competition for teacherís approval all create a stressful, sometimes violent environment.
Compulsory-attendance laws also contribute to violence in schools. In most states, these laws force children to stay in school until they are sixteen years old or graduate high school. Teenagers who hate school, or are aggressive or potentially violent sociopaths, canít leave. As a result, they often take out their hatred and aggression on other students. Those children want to learn are forced to endure bullying and violence by these troubled teens.
Also, law is on side of violent or disruptive students who are classified as ďdisabled.Ē In 1975, Congress passed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Based on this legislation, in 1988 Supreme Court ruled that schools could not remove disruptive disabled children from classrooms without a parentís consent. If parents donít consent, teachers are out of luck. Those Ďdisabledí children who are socially impaired, canít get along with other kids, or sometimes turn violent, therefore fall under this category. Of course, this adds yet another layer of potentially violent children who teachers canít remove from class.