Who should be making the decisions on how to best educate our children? Some say parents, some say teachers, some say administrators, some say state governments and some believe it is the role of the federal government… This is the main question being asked of the voters in the upcoming election; and we have a wide range of alternatives to choose from.
I for one, am a big proponent of parental direction… Call me crazy, but they are OUR children; and I believe I will have a reporting to God for both what I taught them and for what I permitted others to teach them. Now is not the time to go into my exact belief and preferences on the best and most proper form of educating our children, but as a parent, grandparent and as a taxpayer I will most definitely be throwing my support behind those that are the closest to my beliefs.
The local Republican legislative district (LD12) recently had a “debate” for many of the candidates – click here to view. There was also another debate with only Higley candidates at the Higley Center for the Arts – however I have not been able to find video of that event. I was present for both debates.
This is a readers digest analysis, but Rebecca Jarman is the closest to aligning with my preferences in parental direction with Michelle Anderson next. The whole “W for Winners” campaign of Whitener and Wojtovich believe parents are incapable (I am assuming due to our lack of time and information) of seeing the big picture and work towards a district and/or governmental control of our schools and children.
I know it has been said many times that “it takes a village to raise a child”, but to be frank, I believe that to be absolute crap. Yes, we can all help one another as individuals, parents and fellow children of God; but something tells me when I kneel before the judgment bar of God in regards to my children, He will not be calling the entire village in to discuss. The successes and failures will be on the shoulders of myself and my wife – along with the children themselves. We, as parents, must acknowledge that the duty and responsibility of parenting (and teaching our children) has never and will never leave – it cannot be abdicated regardless of what governments do. Therefore, let us start now in searching for and voting for candidates that will not seeks ways to “educate” us parents with scare tactics, but will seek out our wishes and desires on how we feel is best to properly educate our children.
Join me in voting for Rebecca Jarman and Michelle Anderson for Higley Unified School Board.