My goal in having children for as long as I can remember was to implement my family's heritage and personal values into my children because they are
the way of ensuring that I (and my family) have a future and place here in on this planet while at the same time bringing something new to our family
A value that is part of me, passed down through my family line, and being of the upmost importance to me is remembering that we are individual free
thinkers that contribute our perspective in this world. For this reason, I want my children to understand fully the pros and cons of every type of
governing system so that they can understand which ones allow for individual growth and free expression. I am VERY opposed to planting one candidate
in their head because they aren't even close to understanding that every candidate brings something different to the table. To me, it is about the
values and not the man as a person.
SO, imagine my surprise when I told my children the next morning as I was dressing them for school that the country had chosen a new president and
upon saying the name, my 5 year old son said "that is who I wanted." I literally dropped what was in my hand because I had not discussed the
individual candidates with them and certainly my 5 year old son has no clue yet the ins and outs concerning Obama's stances, therefore making his
"choice" one that was implanted biasedly into his head based on SOMEONE ELSE'S values.
I asked him why he wanted Obama to win and he said because that is what his teacher told his class to choose in their "mock election."
wanted to cry and then I wanted to kick some arse!
I feel like this is crossing the line in the same way that it is crossing the line for schools to be teaching children which religious view is right
or that the African American heritage is more valuable in our society than their heritage, which is Irish American. I have no problem with them
teaching my children math, science, english, etc and even have no problem with them teaching different view points in religion, government (including
politics), and the different cultures; but I feel that it is stepping on the parents right to hand down personal values and beliefs when all the
children are being influenced to pick or value a particular view over another.
These children do not belong to the school. They belong to us, the parents. I understand teaching children to function in society is not a bad thing,
but I am highly livid that they are influencing personal desicions.
This is the danger of the public school system and shy of homeschooling them (which as a single mother, would be very difficult, if not impossible
when I have to put a roof over their heads, clothe and feed them), is there anything that we as parents can and should be doing? It seems that writing
letters and voicing my authority over what they do and don't have the right to teach my children isn't helping. I feel like I am losing a battle
that shouldn't have to be fought.
Have any of the other parents experienced anything along the same lines with their children? Anyone else feel uneasy and livid by this? Anyone else
out there who even cares?