A Parent's Vision For America's Public Education System

I have had the privilege of getting to know Sara Wood, a Louisiana parent, who today expressed her thoughts about the importance of fighting to preserve our public school system.

Sara says, "We are fighting for the freedom to have our children educated in a manner that nurtures and fosters the formation of an educated mind, capable of INDEPENDENT thinking; not driven to ignorance and standardization by confusing and frustrating curriculum derived from a psychometric test of mediocre standards."

Sara and I are very different from very different backgrounds with what would seem to be ideologically opposite beliefs, but the story she tells here is one we both relate to as beneficiaries of its legacy, and as citizens of the United States of America we are obligated to remember and to respect. 

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It seems that a symptom of the fear-mongering approach through PARCC test is compliance with the failing curriculum recommendations of the state regardless of the damage and harm to children.  

Such compliance because of fear greatly affects the reality of the local control bill passed this legislative session in that the reality is that it is rejected or ignored by school districts.  These harmful actions to our children out of fear leave me wondering. 

I really and honestly wonder how our nation’s story would have played out, if at the start of the American Revolution, when Paul Revere took his Midnight Ride to warn that the British were coming.

  I wonder how our nation’s history would have been written if it was fear-filled school boards, fear-filled teachers and complacent parents to whom Paul Revere was shouting.  Or what if the colonists who he was trying to warn, had as a society abandoned their faith in God; not their belief but their faith in his Almighty Power.  What if that night during the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere those to whom he was shouting had let their fears of dreadful consequences rule their decision of whether to act; not just to speak out, but to take real action to fight the tyrannical sufferings imposed by the British; and therefore in letting those fears rule, they had failed to act upon Revere’s warning and had merely followed the British in power, even to their own detriment and that of their children.

I HAVE TO ASK YOU TO WONDER HOW DO YOU THINK OUR NATION’S HISTORY WOULD LOOK, IF IT WERE THESE PEOPLE WHO PAUL REVERE WAS RIDING THROUGH THE NIGHT TO AWAKEN INTO ACTION AGAINST THE BRITISH.  HOW DIFFERENT WOULD EACH OF OUR INDIVIDUAL LIVES BE TODAY WITHOUT THE REAL ACTIONS AND SACRIFICES OF THOSE BRAVE FEW, WHO DID FACE THE DREADFUL CONSEQUENCES UNKNOWN TO THEM BUT CERTAIN TO HAVE INCLUDED DEATH.  Those brave few who faced those dreadful consequences with only courage because of their FAITH in God’s power to protect them in facing those fears, while doing the right thing.  

This fight over Common Core tests, curriculum and the entire initiative is a very similar situation.  We are fighting for the minds of our children, like those who fought for America’s independence and were awakened to the battle by Paul Revere.  We are fighting for the freedom to have our children educated in a manner that nurtures and fosters the formation of an educated mind, capable of INDEPENDENT thinking; not driven to ignorance and standardization by confusing and frustrating curriculum derived from a psychometric test of mediocre standards. 

I am not polished and many probably view me as nothing more than a loud mouth, Don Quixote whose “windmills” embody a belief and vision for America that can never be anything more than a dream because they are just words on a crusty piece of paper written by “some dead white guys.” Nothing more than a dream because you “silly,” that America was abandoned long ago, like real faith in God, over the course of many years.  

As for me though, I will not stop because when we fall, as has fallen every nation that has historically taken this destructive path, either through deception or by force…when we fall, I so want to be able to look into the eyes of my four children and say that I did all within my power to be like Paul Revere and awaken fellow Americans or to be like George Washington and fight the good fight for a free America with tools God gave and with faith in his Almighty Power to protect me in my actions.  But that my actions were simply not enough or I was born a generation too late to lift the chains of complacency and apathy that had already taken firm root.  I so must be able to face my children and say this at the point they realize that their future was stolen by greedy and powerful people and that it was stolen because of the fear-filled, the blind and the faithless!

And that ladies and gentlemen will be the truth of it when all is said and done, if by large numbers we fail to have real faith in God and take a stand in more than way, to stop all that is destroying America, as the land of the free. I don’t know where we got the notion that our federalist system of representative government was invincible and that it was meant to be easy; an afterthought for all else in our lives; but such is not the case, if it is to be preserved.  It is our responsibility to do something meaningful for us and for our children and out of respect for all those before us that did their part to preserve it for us. 

If we continue to complain without taking consistent and constant, meaningful action, the land of the free will fall.  If we continue to trade freedom for government security, we will live in slavery.  History 
is very clear on this.   In the words of President Eisenhower, “If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.  

Please people, WAKE UP and take a stand and watch great things happen!!  To say we can no longer make a difference, is just a cop out and it is to ignore what a relative small number of Americans have done in this fight against Common Core in just about every state in the Union.  We have forced conversations and action to be had against the elitists and their millions, shoving this down the throat of our nation and that is nothing to ignore.  Freedom is not free but it sure is priceless.  

Do you have that courage?

Thank you for reading my thoughts and for choosing not to be fear-filled, blind or faithless,
Sara Wood

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