Choice–It IS YOUR Choice Who Parents YOUR Child

“Choice” – It Is YOUR Choice Who Parents YOUR Child

We had to share this from a mom who is not going take it anymore and we want to encourage you to stand up too! This is in NY. And it begins….

On Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM, (The Principal) wrote:
Good Morning,

I hope (child’s name) is enjoying the start of the school year.
In regards to your request, all students are expected to take the iReady Assessments. iReady will give us instructional information for students. There is no formal process for parents to refuse participation in academic testing developed and used by the District. Below is a link to additional information regarding iReady on the (School name) School District’s website. I understand you have also sent this request to (school district person’s name) however if you still have further questions please contact her office.


(Principal’s name)
(School name) Elementary School
Sent from my iPhone”

The mother wrote responded:
“Good morning to you as well.

I’ll just dive right in – “expected” does not equal “mandated”, and even if it were mandated, I’d still refuse participation. You see, I am the parent and until some desperate attempt at legislating my rights away – my parental rights usurp what schools perceive as their rights over MY child.

Formal or informal, official or unofficial, the school does not dictate what I allow as I am the ultimate authority over my child.

She will not be participating in yet another experiment. You and I will have to navigate this together. Here’s looking forward to an amenable relationship as we both work towards the end goal of educating children – with the childs [sic] well-being the focus. We do not have to be adversaries. I’d much rather us partner together to navigate issues such as this.

Thank you for your response (which from the delay in timing, I attribute to you contacting school authorities and lawyers to make sure you’re protected). It is as I expected, and I don’t fault you for protecting yourself – just remember, when it comes to MY child, I am the ultimate authority, and I am well versed and current in the goings on in today’s education reform. I won’t be intimidated or scared into agreeing to do something I know is wrong.

iReady was piloted for a couple of months for a select few grades in a select few schools – where are the reports of that pilot? When was that presented to the community, or the parents, or our useless rubber stamping, NYSED water carrying board? It wasn’t.

When would you like to meet? I can meet any week day at 430…

With ultimate authority as a parent,
(Parent’s Name)
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Here are KACC’s thoughts prefaced with the message that this mom above is spot on and we are proud of her for taking control and making clear what she will and will not allow. These are OUR kids and parents have every right to stand up and speak up for what they want and against things that schools should not be doing.

Per the principal’s comments, it’s not just academic testing, there’s NO process (formal or otherwise!) for parents to PARTICIPATE (choosing to OR refusing to!). PARENTS are RESPONSIBLE for directing the education of their child, NOBODY else! The overwhelming posture of the academic community is that those in education, from the USDOED and USDOL to State DOEs to elected officials to teacher unions to boards of education to principals and administrative staff, are exclusively responsible for a child’s education. Those in education don’t know what to do with a parent who even acts in a mode of responsibility toward her child. Responsible parents are instead demonized.

By design, God entrusted children to parents, to raise them to be God-fearing. (Those who think this is a “religious” statement cannot dispute the fact that children ARE born to a man and a woman—parents, not any other combination.) Children were not entrusted to the government or elected persons or teachers or unions or businesses or accountability metrics.

Parents need to write/scream whatever that they all want choice in their public schools—a choice between classrooms with chalkboards and textbooks and classrooms with only high-tech; a choice in whether to participate in any class, program, initiative, assessment, individual education plan, etc.; a choice in whether to have any information regarding an enrolled student shared beyond the enrolled school, including with the state. That message has not gotten through.

The only people who should have a “vested interest” in a child are the parents of the child. The parents should be the ONLY ONES to determine the child’s course of education. The parent/child must be the owners of the child’s intellectual property – this is in line with a person’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Anything less than this can only be viewed as THEFT, at a minimum. Note the principal’s statement, “iReady will give us instructional information for students” (emphasis added). The child AND his data are viewed by the school, et al, as belonging to the school to be used by the school, et al.

This parent’s communication is what needs to be promoted and happening in EVERY school in every state. Trying to work with presidential candidates, D.C. departments, elected officials, and school administrations hasn’t and won’t change anything without parents politely, but with absolute firmness and authority, declining to operate within the current flipped paradigm.

We Will Not Forget

Hi Everyone-

Today is the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. Please, as you wake up today, take some time, especially around 7:30AM Central, to remember the men and women who died that day and their families. Please take a moment to remember the selflessness of those first responders and also of the selfishness of those who incorrectly thought they could bring America to her knees that sunny day in September, 2001. Take some time to remember how you felt on 9/11, but more importantly, how you felt on 9/12. Terrorists may have taken a cheap swipe at America, but what they couldn’t have known is the resolve of the American people and that they would face that resolve for the next fifteen years, and beyond. Pledge to talk to your children about 9/11. Pledge to never forget. A couple of years ago, I was up late one night thinking about 9/11 and I came up with this. Feel free to share it, if you’re so inclined.

An American’s Pledge

From the sailing of the Mayflower,
And the vision of Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin,
To the leadership of Washington and victory at Yorktown,
I pledge to remember.
From the bloody battles at Antietam and Bull Run,
And the shores of Normandy and the jungles of Vietnam,
To the race for the moon and Reagan’s hand in felling The Wall,
I pledge to remember.
From the devastation on 9/11 and the resolve on 9/12,
And the courage and sacrifice of a particular seven at Takur Ghar,
To those who will stand firm and never concede the fight,
I pledge to remember.

Courtney Rankin

Unfortunately, my email, from now on, must be extended to include yet another 9/11 tragedy, and that is the unanswered murder of four Americans at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on 9/11/12. While tempers can sometimes flare with this situation, and I also have an overwhelmingly strong opinion about this event, I would prefer to focus my thoughts on those four dead Americans and their families. This is an event that I will never forget and it will be very difficult for me to forgive. I will pledge to talk to my children about this one as well. I will pledge to make sure I remember the names of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. I will pledge to remember the lies that have been told and the families who are left suffering.

I encourage each of you to do your own research on this one. Dig deep, and deeper still, and ask those who have studied it what they think, and if you have not yet already developed a strong emotion or opinion about it, then I hope that your digging will do just that. For me, outrage doesn’t begin to cover the way I feel about the events in Benghazi and the subsequent story that unfolded here in the U.S. about the events in Benghazi.

And so with that said, please, everyone, fly your American flags high (assuming you’re American or in the U.S.), strengthen your resolve, and take a moment to remember the events of this day in history, both as 9/11 and as Benghazi, and if you’re of the praying sort, that couldn’t hurt either.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy your weekend-


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