Public Schools Harm Parents

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"Schools,"
a friend recently observed during a chat about home-schooling, "have
a tendency to infantilize parents."

Rational
40-year-old adults, he observed, are more worried about science
projects and grades than the kids. Through schedules and activities,
parents are slaves to the school.

This
is true for all schools, public or private, but the public schools
have taken things a step farther. In Philadelphia and elsewhere,
the schools are "grading" parents and how they raise their
children.

You
read that right. Our collectivist schools will "grade"
parents.

The
Scheme

Laughable
as it sounds, the City of Brotherly Love, reports the Philadelphia
Inquirer, "is rolling out simplified student report cards
this year that will feature a grade certain to get every parent’s
attention: rating the u2018home support' given to children…."

"Teachers
will assess several areas: Does the child appear rested? Is he or
she getting proper attention for vision and hearing problems? Do
parents respond to notes and phone calls? Does the child have the
necessary supplies, including pencils and notebooks? Does the child
complete homework assignments?"

Parents,
the schools concluded, need "gentle reminders" to raise
children properly, and will receive a "satisfactory" or
"needs attention" grade from the busybodies at School
Central.

"It's
nice that the district is trying a little bit to have parents take
some responsibility," one teacher burbled. "It's not just
on the teachers. They have to do their part, too."

Somehow,
said another, this is "making it easier to get parents involved
and stay involved."

Some
of us thought "getting parents involved" might be helped,
say, by eliminating free breakfast and lunch programs, which would
force parents to feed their children. After all, a parent who won't
feed his child a plate of eggs in the morning doesn't sound very
"involved."

The
Real Goal

Whatever.

It's
easy to see where this is going. The grade's purpose is to evaluate
the parents. If parents get a "needs attention," surely
that would invite some ministrations from the teacher, the counselor,
the principal, or perhaps the school board.

Maybe
just a phone call; maybe a nice note that closes with a smiley face.
Sounds harmless enough.

But
what if the parents get another "needs attention," then
another, or a "report card" on which the entire checklist
"needs attention?" What if they simply fail, to use an
anathematized word in the modern school house.

Surely,
the schools will need the power to intervene with stronger, punitive
measures to elevate the grade to "satisfactory." Otherwise,
the parent "report card" will be worthless.

Seize
The Children

But,
of course, the "report card" is worthwhile, at least to
the schools, and like mandatory public schooling, its value can
be traced to John Dewey, then to Karl Marx and his Communist
Manifesto
, the creed for the modern state.

The
revolution depended on the abolition of private property, religion
and the family. The State, he proposed, must give "free education
for all children in public schools;" ultimately, the state
must raise children. It must erase the bourgeois morals of the propertied
class to create Marxist Man.

The
government's nefarious attack on private property is relentless,
and public schools, aided by courts, have done their level best
to extirpate religion. "Social workers" already seize
children in screwed-up families.

Now
this: Schools grading parents like they grade kids. My friend is
right. Schools infantilize parents. But they better pray this mad
idea for more intrusive intervention in the home flops, or the "unsatisfactory"
are in for trouble.

Snatching
their children could be next.

October
1, 2003

Syndicated
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail
] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.

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