As your kids head back to school in the Fall, one way that you can protect your children from unwanted indoctrination is to set strong, clear expectations and guidelines. Let your child’s teachers know that while they may be in charge of your child in the classroom, the final directive on their education must always be yours.
Here is a template you can use to write to your child’s teachers. This may be especially useful for those parents whose children are still in elementary or middle school.
Dear (teacher’s name),
My name is _______ and my child _______ is in your class this year. We are excited for him/her to grow in his/her understanding of (subject) and I’m sure he/she will benefit greatly from this class. I want to let you know how much we, as parents, appreciate your role in our child’s life. Being a teacher is a calling and we are grateful for everything you do for the kids.
I am writing this letter because, as you know, there has been a great deal of turmoil in the community over the teaching of CRT in school. While I am unaware whether you personally subscribe to the CRT narrative, I am choosing to protect my child by setting guidelines about what is and is not acceptable for my family as far as my child’s education.
Here are my expectations as a parent:
- A permission letter should be sent home before the teaching of subjects that discuss
- Genders other than male or female
- Race as it pertains to equity
- Criticism of law enforcement
- discussions on atypical families as it pertains to gender
- examination of the effects of their race on the lives of the children.
2. Please do not ask my child his/ her gender pronouns. Please address my child by the pronouns attached to the gender on his/ her birth certificate.
I appreciate your cooperation in the protection of my child’s innocence. If these terms are not acceptable to you, please let me know and we will ask for my child to be moved to another class.
Thank you in advance. We look forward to a great year of learning, friendship, and academic growth!