Thursday, October 21, 2010

Expectations of Freedom

Freedom. There's been enough commentary about freedom of late that most Americans, at least those who are paying attention have some idea of what freedom means in an American context. Or at least we think we do. But what about the next generation? What do they understand about and expect from freedom?

Over the last few decades, the public school system has become more and more oppressive and parents have allowed it. Our children have no guarantees that they will be able to exercise their Constitutional rights in school. Now, in addition to other security monitoring systems, schools in Texas have incorporated RFID tracking chips into the ID cards their students must carry.

This is purportedly being done to make the schools eligible for more federal and state funding by providing proof that a student who is not in class may, in fact, be on campus and therefore, technically, in attendance for the purposes of determining funding. The invasion of the students privacy is justifiable in the eyes of administrators because they get money out of it and besides, the students are used to the security cameras already.

What this does is take yet another right, a precious right away from our children while they are in the public school system. The right to privacy. Do you understand that? Do you understand that our children are being trained to accept this lack of personal liberty along with the previous losses as a matter of course. And, once again, the parents of the community allow this to be done to their children. Why? In the interest of an imaginary safety?

How safe are we when our children are being given neither the opportunity to experience personal liberty nor defend it? How can we expect children who have been subjected to such oppression to defend this republic from enemies the like of those we are facing now?

Do I need to add any comments about what is being taught in the public schools these days?
We need to take back our school system just as urgently as we need to take back our government. Until we do, homeschooling is the best option, even if you can't afford it. Because, if our children are not brought up to value the freedoms given to us by our creator and codified in our Constitution, they will not see the value in preserving them.

"And thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." ~ Deut 6:7


Terry Morris said...

The public school system in the United States, I'm increasingly convinced, has become one of the most dangerous, soul destroying institutions in the nation. There ought to be a warning label posted on the entry door of every public school in America:

WARNING: enrolling your children in this institution is known to people with some semblance of common sense and moral responsibility left, to cause irreparable mental harm and a slave's mentality in its victims, your children.

By the way, with some extra time on my hands lately, I've been hard at work revamping part of our school curriculum. I wrote two Geography text books - First Principles of Geography and Geography from Whole to Part. These will be our primary Geography text books, and of course, I have many books on the subject in my home library. My next project will be to revamp the science course, then History, then Bible I should think. I had so much fun writing the other two books that I don't know where to stop. ;-)

Call Me Mom said...

Go Terry!
It almost makes me wish I still had a child of homeschooling age so I could ask to use your texts.

As for the warning label, I totally agree. The public school system is lost.