Rules, laws and more rules seem to be being conjured up lately all in the name of “safety”. Whatever happened to common sense practices? Since when is it ever good practice to limit parents' access to their children? This idea is truly a step into territory that does not belong to the schools.
Parents are furious over the recent attempt of the Clovercroft Elementary School in Franklin, Tenn. to limit lunchtime visitations with their kids to only two times in a nine-week period. What? This school has prided itself as well as other suburb schools in and around Nashville, Tenn. in parental involvement. It is an elementary school, let's keep that in mind.
“Carol Birdsong, a spokesperson for Williamson County Schools, told Fox News the principal came up with the voucher system as a result of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.”
This prompted her to act on her fears instead of the reality that she already has a task force of parents who are heavily involved in their children's education and lives, therefore inadvertently making them safer. So, she developed this voucher system. Parents have to go online and sign up for theirs.
Does anyone see a pattern forming in the United States of America since Newtown? The lock-down of schools through security systems, guards and the like as well as this voucher system does nothing more than push parents to the back and remove them from where they should be, and that is “involved”.
If the communities give in on the last stand for the family, which school access to children may very well be that last stand, then the progressives (Socialistic/Communistic minded) and “powers that be” will have all they ever wanted: full control over the next generation for their purposes. It would seem the agenda has become clear.
“'Please remember the primary purpose for this process is to ensure that we are able to account for all the adults in the cafeteria enjoying lunch with their children,' Principal Laura LaChance wrote in an email to parents.” (Fox News)
Parents are not buying these explanations. So many spoke out against this infringement against parental rights with such comments as,
“'I firmly don’t believe that parents are the problem here,'” Rutland, a mother of four students at Clovercroft Elementary School said. “'And if anything, taking parents out of the school is more dangerous than having a parental presence in the school.'” (Fox News)
Parental involvement used to be a coveted thing. What has happened? Why have those in authority all of a sudden decided it is best to kick the parents out?
Birdsong indicated that all programs to limit parents are to be halted until there can be an audit.
She said, “'We have extraordinary parental involvement and we are very proud of that involvement. We always encourage parents in our schools. It’s one of the reasons we are so successful.'” (Fox News)
All politics aside, is it ever good for children to be separated from their parents for hours on end, day after day? Won't the children learn better if they feel loved and protected by their parents? What does the school think they will accomplish by alienating the children in a cold school environment?
These kids will miss those priceless interactions with their parents that allow them to thrive. How can the school fill that void? Quite simply, they can't. It is built into every child to need and want the attention of his/her parents. When a parent takes interest, it is a well established fact that the child does better on tests and other school requirements.
Without parental guidance and positive attention, it is understood that children will cry out for attention often in more negative ways. This can only serve to create new problems down the road. Lower test scores and bad behavior are just a few things that will come out of pushing the parents out. How bad can it get? What if your child was in an accident and the school didn't contact you? The video accompanying this article describes this happening to parents in Newport News.
It is very important for these parents to stick with it until they win. Our prayers go out to all involved, especially to the children and parents whose lives have been turned upside down for no good reason as the schools already have security guards on staff.
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