“Train up a child in the way he should go…” – Proverbs 22:6
How much say parents should have over the education of their children has been a hot button topic during the past year and was a decisive factor in elections on Tuesday.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe, who had announced “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” was defeated by voters in Tuesday’s election. (Note that this is also the state in which a school board attempted to cover up that a female student being sexually assaulted by a male student wearing a skirt in the school bathroom.)
Nearly one quarter of voters exiting the polls indicated that education was the issue that most motivated their vote, the majority of those voting against the governor.
Polls also revealed that a majority of voters think parents should have “a lot” of say in what their child’s school teaches. And only three percent said parents should have no say.
In another political race, a slate of four candidates vowing to give parents more say won seats on the school board in Douglas County, Colorado.
Parental rights in education is also proving to be an issue in Kentucky, where Jefferson County Public Schools is making parents express all comments through email, within a limit of 500 words.
LET US PRAY . . .
Father, may Kentucky’s public policy honor You by upholding the God-given rights of parents to raise up their children. Thank You that this important issue is getting attention right now and that parents are standing up to take back their rightful place of authority in the family. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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