Originally posted by Macey at Stop Common Core In Oregon
Last Monday I had the pleasure of presenting a primer on Common Core to a group of concerned citizens in Lane County.
They learned a lot about the Core and I learned a lot about things going on in their school district. I was absolutely stunned by one father’s story.
This gentleman is a very involved father and has kept his finger on the pulse of everything going on with his children in school.
He has had many discussions, email messages, phone calls and meetings with the Board of Education and the superintendent.
One day he decided he wanted to see the files that the school district has for his children and himself. As everyone should be aware, these files are all kept by the district on your children and on any interaction you, as a parent, may have with the district. These are all considered “public” documents and you should be able to view this file anytime you wish.
He contacted the school and they explained to him that in order to get all of the documents together for him it would require time and also, by the way, around $200. Apparently gathering files is a spendy proposition.
He agreed, though, and gave them a couple weeks or so to get the information to him. When the time had passed and he still had not heard from them he contacted them again asking if the file was ready for him.
At this time they told him that gathering these documents turned out to be a little tougher than they thought and would require more money. Approximately $500 dollars, to be exact.
Five hundred dollars to view your very own children’s files. Public record files. What is this cabal the district has that it’s demanding an exorbitant amount of money from a concerned parent to view his own file?
Of course this gentleman did not have that much money so his hands were tied. Short of storming the district and knowing exactly where all files were located and being able to round them up himself, what choice did he have but to drop it?
This extortion by the school district was very daunting and, for sure, is a warning to all parents in that district, if not all districts, nationwide.
But this is not the end of the story. No, there’s more. And this might even be worse then the extortion outlined above.
This part of the story begins with the gentleman’s unhappiness with the “new math.” It was confusing and causing headaches, both literally and figuratively, for his son. He requested permission to teach his son the Saxon Math at home and he would be responsible for grading and everything involved. He just asked that his scores be reflected in his sons record at school so that it was clear that he was, in fact, doing math and doing well, although not using the “new math.”
One day as he was either coming or going from the school and was in the school parking lot he ran into another gentleman and they began discussing the “new math.”
He explained his frustration and that he had requested permission to home school math with the Saxon Math.
The man he was talking to happened to be the husband of one of the 3rd grade teachers at the school.
A few days later he received notice from the school that his conversation about math curriculum or school policy in the parking lot was inappropriate and the next time he is caught doing so the police will be called and he will be escorted off the property, charged with trespassing.
I wish I was kidding.
The message I am getting from these instances are very loud and very clear: Parents are not welcome in their children’s education. They do not have the right to see the files on their own children or themselves. They are not even allowed to discuss it.
What happened to the parents’ right to actually parent their child? This is the public education’s way of keeping us completely out of the process. And the public education system is a government entity.
Why does the government want to take your child’s education out of your hands? Your ability to protect your child’s rights and privacy, out of your hands? Your freedom afforded by the little document so integral to our way of life…the Constitution. The first amendment provides us all with the freedom of speech.
This parent has been abused, stripped of his Constitutional and parental rights. He has been victimized by extortion.
All of this at the hands of public school who is showing itself more and more to be a puppet for the government.
We have this gentleman’s testimony on tape and when we have it edited, we will share it with you, so you can see it and hear it for yourselves.
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