Remote learning may have been a disaster during the Covid lockdown but one thing positive that has come out is an increase in parental awareness of where schools have moved to. The focus on basic education wanes while the social emotional aspects are on the rise. Should parents have a say in what their children are taught and if so how much? Do educators know whats best for children such that parents should be told to go quietly into the night?
The State of Georgia is taking some steps that may get traction in other states. Give this article a read. It comes to us from the Conservative Review and is written by Samuel Langold-Lenett.
In Georgia, lawmakers advanced legislation that, if signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp, will give parents more direct input over what their children are being taught in the state’s public schools.
Just the News reported that on Friday, the Georgia state senate voted 31-22 in favor of House Bill 1178. The bill outlined a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” that proponents of the legislation say allows parents adequate recourse if they are opposed to the curriculum being taught in their local public schools.
The bill passed the Georgia house of representatives on March 4 with a vote of 98-68.
The reader summary provided for the bill by the Georgia legislature said that bill will provide a “review of removal of students in elementary and secondary education, so as to provide for the protection of the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their minor children from undue infringement by a state or local government entity, local board of education, or any officer, employee, or agent thereof.”
Frontline Policy Action, a group that according to its website, advocates for “God-honoring legislation that protects family values and advances freedom for Georgians,” took to Facebook to declare its support for the bill.
The group said, “Once signed into law by the governor, this bill will codify parental rights as fundamental in Georgia law and strengthen parents’ control over their children’s education.”
It is expected that Kemp will sign the bill, now passed by both chambers of the Georgia legislature, into law.
“Parents have a right to be actively involved in their child’s learning experience,” Kemp said. “This bill will ensure transparency in education by promoting a partnership between parents [and] educators.”
This legislation has worked its way through the Georgia legislature in the midst of similar legislation in its neighboring state of Florida making national headlines.
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law much to the chagrin of liberal legacy media, leftwing institutions, and transnational corporations.
These groups inaccurately characterized the legislation as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill despite the proposed law barring schools from teaching about “sexual orientation or gender identity” to students in kindergarten through third grade or “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards” and not the utterance of the word “gay.”
In response to DeSantis signing the “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law, the Walt Disney Company — one of Florida’s largest employers —announced that it would work to get the law repealed or overturned by the court system.