To the Editor:
In an Oct. 4 memo addressing parental threats at school board meetings, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “Those (teachers) who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.” Sounds good. What he does not seem to understand is that “the safe environment” these schools are charged with providing has created real threats to many children and their families. By mandating revisionist history, Critical Race Theory and controversial gender books, our education officials threaten the very families they are charged to safely educate. Let’s be clear.
Public education has the role of educating, not indoctrinating.
Education is the process of equipping students with the necessary skills, values and beliefs in order to acquire knowledge. Good teaching allows students to think for themselves. Indoctrination is the forcing of values and beliefs on others while expecting them to receive them uncritically.
The U.S. Department of Education, on its own website, states that when Congress created the agency, one of the major purposes was “to encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents and students in Federal education programs.” Parents of students have both a God-given right, and a federally sanctioned right to be involved in their children’s education. I, for one, am thankful that parents are speaking up and standing their ground. If they do not, who will?
Susan Brambert Shields