By: Guest Authors
By: Joseph Harris
As government continues to grow by leaps and bounds, more demands of ownership are exercised, whether on the national or state level. This is being seen more and more in some schools around the nation as they shut out parental influence and claim ownership of the students. One event that has contributed to this usurpation was a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision back in 2005, which stated that parents no longer have exclusive rights concerning the education of their children. A group of parents sued a certain school district because of a sex survey given to their first graders (coming soon to a school near you, so don’t be shocked). In response, the court stated that parents not only have no voice in what schools teach, but they also wrote “parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.” That should make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, if you are a parent. If you are a good parent, it should burn you up.
On the other hand, look at the flip side. Government schools are just laying claim to their “deserved” parental authority. Take note of how many children today are supported by government. Since government pays for their pre-natal care, birth, medical insurance, food, etc., why wouldn’t the government be considered their mother? Government, through it’s many and varied give-away welfare programs, is the parent of millions of children in this country. It is only natural that government, through its educational arm would assert its parental authority.
Mother government began conceiving children back in the days of FDR and has remained fertile to the present. We are well into over 70 years of a government dependent mentality. People think the government is supposed to handle their retirement through Social Security, additional retirement benefits through Medicaid, provide their daily bread through food stamp programs, supply insurance through Medicare, and now Obamacare, provide housing through government subsidies, and that’s just naming some of the more well known programs.
The parental government has become a mainstream part of society. Even some law abiding, tax soaked citizens who work and play by the rules, will try to siphon into government programs to “get back” all they have paid in; after all it’s their money. This type of thinking, at least in part, is derived from the parental government philosophy. However, the government does not owe social services to we the people. Two generations have had an umbilical connection for so long, they cannot begin to live and think independently. However, the teat has dried up.
So when I hear of government schools trying to usurp parental authority, I am not surprised. Government has been playing parent for so long, it is natural for her to lay claim to that in which she has invested.
Joseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS.
The writings of Joseph Harris are based on his beliefs and views and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and views of Southeastern Baptist College.