There is an old bit of advice that sounds good. Pick the right tool for the job. What is the problem with that advice? We need to pick the right person for the job first. And what is even more important? We need to let the people who have the most at stake pick the right person for the job.
Consider this excerpt from a prayer written by
Forgive us for what we have taught our children.
Forgive us for teaching them that evil is good and good is evil, that darkness is light and light is darkness, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. Forgive us for teaching them that left is right and right is wrong, that truth is false and falsehood is true.
Forgive us for teaching them that a career is more important than character, money is more important than morality, and information is more important than integrity.
Forgive us, Holy God, for teaching sexual promiscuity in our schools more effectively than we have taught sexual restraint to our students. Forgive us for teaching self-esteem better than we have taught science and civics. Forgive us for teaching values clarification more than virtuous behavior. Forgive us for diminishing the value of marital fidelity and leaving our kids clueless as to how to defend the definition of marriage.
Forgive us for teaching the generation that follows us to believe it has the authority to define life for the generation that follows it. Forgive us for teaching them that “choice” gives them the power to take away the right of the weakest to choose.
Forgive us for our narcissism: For proclaiming we are “as God”; that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for and that we are the change we seek.” (from here)
When as parents we instruct one of our children, we can easily become confused. We can wish for our child what the world wishes. We may hope that our child will acquire great knowledge and skills, that our child will gain great wealth and fame. Yet that hope quickly becomes fleeting. What do we begin to understand when we see a small toddler misbehave and throw a tantrum? Can’t we see that before that small child will think about something other than what he or she wants that child must learn to love others?
1 John 4:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
How do we know love is a necessary virtue? Why do we love God? Because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Before our child can properly learn and make good use of what he or she learns, we must do our best to teach our child how much we love them. Even more important, we must teach them God loves them.
As parents we can be there for our child sometimes, but we are not gods. Only God can watch over each of us. Only with the knowledge of God can our small child learn virtue, especially love.
What happens when we allow public officials to decide how to teach our child, what our child will learn, and who teaches our child? We set God aside. At best, we have put our child in the care of those who will make what our child learns more important than why he or she should learn. At worst, our child will learn to acquire knowledge and skills solely for the sake of personal gain.
Public schools tend to be large bureaucracies consumed with rules, budgets, and metrics. In such a place, our child becomes nameless, a social security number. Consider this example, Lying Weasels Of Broward County: Marjory Stoneman Shooter Was In The PROMISE Program [VIDEO] by Nina Bookout
Instapundit Glenn Reynolds asked a very good question earlier today regarding the latest infuriating news regarding Broward County School district and the oh-so-politically correct and dangerous PROMISE program.
ARE THERE ANY PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN BROWARD COUNTY WHO AREN’T LYING WEASELS?
What is he referring to? Why this revelation that local media in Florida discovered and publicized Sunday night.
Broward school district officials admitted Sunday that the confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman was assigned to a controversial disciplinary program, after the superintendent repeatedly claimed Nikolas Cruz had “no connection” to the alternative punishment designed to limit on-campus arrests.
Two sources with knowledge of Cruz’s discipline records told WLRN he was referred to the so-called PROMISE Program for a three-day stint after committing vandalism at Westglades Middle School in 2013.
What is this program? It’s a program that we’ve referred to here and here. It’s a program that Real Clear Investigations reported on extensively. It’s a program that allows dangerous juveniles to skate through touchy-feely programs and go right back into the mainstream schools. It’s a program that has, WITHOUT parental and even school knowledge, put dangerous juveniles back into the mainstream schools; thus putting everyone at risk.
Are the politicians in Broward County a bunch of lying weasels? Perhaps there is a better question. When a politician sees our child, what does that politician see? Someone they love? No. Who has the capacity to love strangers? Not even God. God loves us because none of us are strangers to Him, but politicians just see our child as a small part of the “system” they control. Our child just one of they objects they control.
When parents make decisions for their child, their child is never just an object; crazy social engineering experiments like the PROMISE program are the farthest thing from their minds. What we all want for our child is a safe place where our child can be cared for and learn to care about others. What we don’t want is to make our child the object of dangerous experiments by politicians with screwy ideas.
To properly educate our child, we need to demand school choice. Parents need to demand the right to pick the right person for the job.