posted on May, 15 2009 @ 01:46 PM
My 12 year old daughter attends Public School. I made this choice long ago with her mother because although we knew it would not foster her education,
we were willing to take that burden upon ourselves to provide for our daughter's education personally, but we chose Public School over the
alternatives to ensure her indoctrination into those subtle social hierarchies that are to be found there so that she would be better acclimated
Of course, Public Education has proven us quite right about it's inadequacies in providing even the simple basics such as Reading, Writing, and
Arithmetic, although to the Public School's merit she can make a mean collage out of macaroni. That, however, is not the purpose of this post.
This year, especially I have encountered trouble of a different kind with the Public School system. I have been called repeatedly, at work, by one one
of her teachers to lecture me and demand that I do her biding in my own personal life in regards to my daughter when she is not in school. The first
time was her insistence that I immediately stop giving my daughter a monetary allowance. The second and third times were to demand that I stop
allowing my daughter to ride Public Transit to school unsupervised.
Of course, I just bit my tongue and blew off her demands and never gave it another thought...until yesterday.
I put my daughter on the bus to go to school and immediately after school started got an irate phone call from her teacher. She initiated the
conversation by yelling and calling me a "liar" and told me that since I would not comply with her insistence that my daughter not ride the public
bus unattended that she was going to see that I would lose custody of my child by alerting the police, Department of Human Services/Child Protective
Services, and moving to have my Child Custody Order modified.
I contacted her immediate supervisor and my calls went unanswered. I e-mailed the School District Administrator and my e-mails went unanswered. I
phoned the District Administrator and his receptionist told me that they are unable to comment on pending and on-going legal investigations.
Now, first of all...I checked and the laws in my State say that a child over the age of 8 may ride public transportation unsupervised. Secondly, there
were at least a dozen other school children on that bus that were riding unattended. Third of all, this isn't a town full of crime, being that the
small population knows each other and the only murder we have had in 28 years was a justifiable homicide (he was not convicted by a jury of his peers
for murder) and one kidnapping in that time that turned out to be a run-away teenager rather than a kidnapping. So, I can't see how I did something
criminally wrong or neglectful to the welfare and well-being of my 12 year old child.
I still wouldn't worry if it weren't for the fact that DHS/CPS in our state is renown for violating the civil rights of parents, removing children
from parents who are lesbian or gay or have non-christian religious beliefs, while allowing drug offenders to keep their children. I fear that having
the law on my side is of little relevance to DHS/CPS.
Anyone have any suggestions of what I should do?
However, the bigger question is since when did the Public School System get the authority to dictate to parents how they should parent outside of when
their child is in school? I'm certainly going to hesitate and think twice before blowing off their repeat requests that I take away video games and
movies (or worse yet, model rockets and chemistry kits - both of which are now restricted by Department of Homeland Security post-9/11 for being
threats to National Security) from my daughter. What do I do when they tell me that the material she is reading is inappropriate (they already tell me
that...because John Steinbeck, J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Umberto Eco, Alduous Huxley and the like are "inappropriate" somehow)?