(This is Part 2 of a two-part series on U.S. public schools.)
Last week, my main point in Part 1 was that liberals could care less to change anything in public schools, since they are producing exactly what liberals want. And that biased programming will deepen in the minds and hearts of America's young people, unless we patriots stand up in every community, resist those progressive tides and demand alternatives.
There are ways to improve national academic imbalances. In Part 2 here, I give seven ways to counter that torrent of progressivism in U.S. public education. Among the list of correctives that have been proven to work are the following:
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- Vocalize your opinions to local, state and federal representatives that government and unions need to have less of a role in running our children's education and more of a role in supporting parents' educational decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government or unions. And parents must retain the right to personalize their child's education as they so wish.
- Don't blindly accept a public school or university's education plan, based solely upon its name, past reputation, or slick marketing. Confront administration. Ask the hard questions of teachers and professors.
- If you experience teachers or courses that create an intimidating atmosphere for expressing varied opinions, disparage alternative views, or advance one-sided political or social ideologies, report them to administration or school boards. And if they don't hear your concerns, go to the district offices. And if the district doesn't listen, then take your complaints to other parents and the online community by posting blogs or sending mass emails. If our government isn't going to hold our academic institutions accountable, then its citizens must.
- Encourage local schools and colleges to accept The Academic Bill of Rights and The Students Bill of Rights. (Located online)
- Consider starting a counter-cultural mission by teaching or assisting in a public school, college, university, or even the U.S. Department of Education. Whether or not you have a child in a public school, you still can be an active and vocal part in your school's board, PTA or equivalent. Volunteer to assist in any way that can balance academic current.
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- And what if public schools don't improve or match the values and beliefs in our homes? Then we must remove our children from public schools and seek private alternatives, chartered schools, Christian schools, or home schooling co-ops. Encourage older children to attend a private, conservative, or Christian college or university: such as Liberty University or Patrick Henry College on the East Coast or Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, Pepperdine University, Westmont College, Bethany University on the West Coast. As I said in my last article, if you want to improve U.S. public education, support the competition.
- Lastly, work to install a Bible curriculum into your public school districts across the country. Yes, it's legal, constitutional and being placed right now in thousands of schools across the country. A brand new electronic version of the curriculum is available this week. The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools' course curriculum has been voted into 572 school districts (2,086 high schools) in 38 states, from Alaska and California to Pennsylvania and Florida. Ninety-three percent of school boards that have been approached to date with the curriculum have voted to implement it because the course helps students understand the Bible's influence and impact on history, literature, our legal and educational systems, as well as art, archaeology and other parts of civilization. In this elective class students are required to read through their textbook – the Bible.
For a contribution of any size, a starter package with a step-by-step guide, all legal data necessary to satisfy the questions of school board members, letters from school districts that have implemented it, the table of contents of the Bible curriculum, and other NCBCPS information will be sent immediately to you.
National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools
2816-A. Battleground Ave.
Greensboro, N.C. 27408
(336) 272-7199 (fax)
Thomas Jefferson was an enthusiastic advocate for public education and believed it was the key to preserving a republican government and society. Yet he was equally an ardent opponent against "any tyranny over the mind of man." Whether that dominance is sectarianism or secularism, conservatism or liberalism, Jefferson (and I believe our other Founders) would oppose and seek to correct today's disproportions of academia in our nation's public schools.
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If Jefferson supported reform in public education as a prerequisite for a lasting republican nation, would he not expect the same of us today?
(Speak of education, I'm encouraging readers of my culture warrior column also to read my new weekly C-Force health & fitness column. Last week's article was on "7 roads to brain fitness.")