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School Choice

pride Jun 27, 2022

As a reminder, we are continuing this blog series with the following preface.

In an attempt to talk about difficult, sensitive topics, I want to position myself as one who loves – not hates. I love all people. I also want to state that we can respectfully agree to disagree. If I do not condone (accept or approve of) a certain behavior, that does not mean I condemn a person or hate. I actually want to take the stance of it is not my job to judge others. I have plenty of sins in my own life and have no business judging others.

To keep this blog series above board, I want to explain that I am presenting the facts, not the emotion. I want to offer a way for conversations to happen with a civil discourse by removing emotions from the dialogue. I believe that until we can have respectful conversations without volatile emotions, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have any sense of civility in our country once again.  

Most people know that I am very picky about educational curriculum and everything else that goes on at school. When I send my kids to a school, I have done about as much research for this decision as I did for my dissertation (if not more). My four older children were strategically sent to the “best schools” in Kentucky based on standardized test scores. When we moved to Iowa, I started looking for more than just test scores. I needed a school that aligned with our family value system. If you live in Iowa, I highly recommend Isaac Newton Christian Academy.

Since moving to Colorado in 2018, we have struggled to find the right school. In September 2021, I had a conversation with a friend. She told me that “things were getting weird at their son’s public school.” They have three children between kindergarten and 7th grade. Keep in mind that school had been in session for less than one month at this point in time.

In less than one month, her boys had substitute teachers that were transgender. They wore crop top shirts (against the dress code) and forced the kids to call them their preferred pronoun. In this case, a man was dressing like a woman and wanted the kids to call him “Miss.” He actually got upset with students that called him “Mr.”

The kids also told their parents that the school has special clubs for kids that want to be in the LGBT group. I asked my friend if parents would have known about any of this had their sons not volunteered to tell them. She said no. There was no communication about any of this sent from the school.

This is wrong. This is child abuse. This must be stopped.

If schools truly wanted to educate our children on important topics, they would know more about life skills and moral character development such as how to balance a checkbook, how to pay taxes, how to put a stamp on an envelope, etc. The idea that so many schools are taking the controversial LGBT agenda to the classrooms is absurd and should be stopped.

Parents – talk with your children and find out what is happening at their schools. Summer is here. This is a great time to figure out a plan for the 2022-2023 school year.

My advice is to homeschool. An argument that I have had myself and one I hear often is that “I am too busy.” Please know that I work 12-16 hours per day and I still homeschool my son. The school he attended in 2021-2022 was a co-op where he attended campus three days a week and stayed home the other days. In the 2020-2021 school year we used Abeka Academy. It is an online program that lets the child learn in a familiar classroom setting, right in their own home. I trust the Abeka curriculum and this is the program we will be returning to for the 2022-2023 school year.

If there is anything I can do to help with this decision, please let me know. I want to encourage our readers to be bold and courageous and stand up for what you believe in with love and compassion. To do this, we need to first know what we believe and why we believe it. Then, take notice when schools are teaching something that does not align with your value system and decide if you will continue to allow your children to be exposed to that curriculum.

I welcome your comments on this post. Please be respectful. If you don’t have anything nice to say, please refrain from commenting. This is a chance for us to have an open dialogue in a safe space. For more information on what I believe and how to be a bold and courageous Christian with love and compassion, please join us at His Kingdom Matters.

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