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Textbook Reviewers Wanted

Volunteer to read textbooks

It won’t come as a surprise to those of you who have read my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? or have been followers of my blog, but our kids’ textbooks are in real trouble. Some concerned people have been taking steps to correct this.

In Florida they formed the Florida Citizens’ Alliance, with the stated focus to “Stop Federal Overreach and Restore Our Individual Rights, Guaranteed Under The Constitution.” They were serious. They encouraged all residents of Collier County to attend a school board meeting in June stating: “THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT IS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE, following  FLORIDA LAWS and  adopting FACTUAL, UNBIASED  TEXTBOOKS that are not used to indoctrinate our children. We need a large turnout and your collective voice to adopt ONLY the highest quality textbooks!”

Their efforts were not in vain. They played a big part in getting the Florida legislature to pass SR 989, requiring school districts to allow “a resident of a county to challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials; revising the requirements relating to the district school board process for objecting to or appealing the use or adoption of instructional materials; requiring a school district to discontinue use of materials under certain circumstances; requiring sufficient procedural protections for a public hearing relating to a challenge to the adoption of instructional materials; requiring a school district to provide access to school library materials upon written request” along with other changes in the existing law.

Similar laws are being passed in other states and The Report Card is looking for volunteers to read and review these textbooks. The Report Card has formed a partnership with Truth in Textbooks (TNT) (formerly known as Truth in Texas Textbooks TTT) founded by Lt. Col. Roy White, USAF Ret.

TNT is made up of volunteers, and has had great success conducting the necessary research and lobbying influence at local and state levels in eliminating or correcting many falsehoods found in the US History, World History, U.S. Government, and Geography textbooks. Publishers of textbooks reviewed by TNT include Pearson, Worldview, McGraw Hill, Discovery Education, Houghton Mifflin, Perfection, and Cengage. You’ll find their report on Social Studies Textbooks, Summary of Proclamation 2015 interesting reading. It is a PDF colored chart that gives the publisher, %TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), their grade, and the criteria used for the evaluation. With only 50 volunteers in 2014, they identified more than 1500 errors in the proposed social studies textbooks. After studying the 469-page report and hearing testimony, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) eliminated or corrected more than 60% of the errors before the books were accepted for use in the classrooms. “As a result, over 5 million children have more accurate textbooks as a result of the work of Truth in Textbooks and their volunteers.”

Learn more about this program at The Report Card article “History, Social Studies Textbook Reviewers Wanted.” You can make a difference!

Transgenderism: Parents, Don’t Be Misled

What will your baby’s birth certificate say?

The topic of transgenderism is rampant. Parents are certainly in a dilemma about what path to choose: Support it and all its ramifications, ignore it as much as possible, or take a stand against it. We’ll look at some information I’ve come across, and hope it will give personal resolve as to the right approach in your family.

I wrote in my “Back-to-School: Getting Ready” post about a Minnesota school district providing sex change treatment for a seventeen-year-old male student without informing the mother.

There is a lawsuit ongoing in Florida about a transgender teen using the name “Drew” who was born female, and transitioned the summer before his freshman year. Drew was going to school as a boy for the first time. It also meant using the boys’ bathroom. But school officials barred him from the boys’ bathroom. Drew, now 16, said he has missed class trekking to the unisex bathrooms.

Has your child expressed the feeling of being a sex different from that to which the physical attributes attest? Or wants to act on those feelings by becoming transgender? We hear about it so often now, we are tempted to take it as something that is “natural.” It isn’t.

The American Psychiatric Association calls those uncomfortable-in-their-biological-sex feelings “gender dysphoria” and states that gender dysphoria is a mental disorder. This dysfunction was previously known in the psychiatric community as Gender Identity Disorder (GIC). On their website explaining gender dysphoria it says:

While some children express feelings and behaviors relating to gender dysphoria at 4 years old or younger, many may not express feelings and behaviors until puberty or much later. For some children, when they experience puberty, they suddenly find themselves unable to identify with their own body. Some adolescents become unable to shower or wear a bathing suit and/or undertake self-harm behaviors.

And in the Treatment section it says:

A child’s treatment typically involves a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals . . . Treatment may focus primarily on affirming psychological support, understanding feelings and coping with distress, and giving children a safe space to articulate their feelings. For many children the feelings do not continue into adolescence and adulthood. (Emphasis added.)

Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of The America College of Pediatricians, equates promoting a transgender lifestyle with child abuse. Watch an interview with Tucker Carlson, and read a full article of Dr. Cretella’s as it appeared in The Daily Signal.

Among her statements Dr. Cretella says:

Even the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress. The vast majority came to accept their biological sex by late adolescence after passing naturally through puberty. (Emphasis added.)

Dr. Cretella also emphasized that “By 30 years following [sex reassignment] surgery the completed suicide rate was nearly 20 times that of the general population.” (Emphasis added.)

Those are a few of the medical and psychological facts—but what is a Christian to think of it when applying the Word of God? Focus on the Family, in a Position statement, says:

Not only do male and female together reflect the image of God, but their coming together in a marriage relationship to bring forth new life is used in Scripture as the deepest and most intimate analogy of God’s relationship with His people. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a groom and bride. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people — of Christ and His bride — described in the book of Revelation.

Focus on the Family has also prepared a great free resource titled “When Transgender Issues Enter Your World: How Christians can respond with compassion, courage and truth.”

In Deuteronomy 22:5 (NIV) God says: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.” I looked up a number commentaries on this passage, and although there were some differing opinions most agreed with that written by Paul Kretzmann, Ph.D., D.D., in his Popular Commentary of the Bible, Old Testament, Volume 1. He said: “The vessels and clothing referred to include all the special articles of wear and use peculiar to the one or the other sex; for the Lord did not want the children of Israel to ignore the difference of the sexes, as it had been fixed in creation.” Over the years, “The Kretzmann Commentary” has been widely received and praised for its simple, clear explanation of the Bible in language easily understood by lay readers of the Bible.

So there you have medical opinions, psychiatric opinions, and Christian opinions. Now what you believe, how you talk to your kids, how you react in your community is up to you. Pray to the Lord for guidance and strength. Please let me and others know how you will use this information.

Back to School: What to Expect

CAUTION – Tell your kids not to believe everything they’re going to read and hear.

What do your kids, and you, expect as they head back to school? Seeing their friends again? Learning something cool? Are they wondering what their new teacher will be like? Probably all those things.

But are you expecting something more? Perhaps a true representation of our great American history? Truth in their science courses that discuss earth’s origin and climate change? If you do, I applaud your optimism. The chances of those things happening if your kids are attending a public school range from slim to none.

I say that, even though I am a basically optimistic person, because I’ve studied what’s been happening, and is continuing to happen. If you haven’t read my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? yet (I sometimes call it Dibs), this might be a good time to do that. In my opinion, it is vital for you to prepare your kids ahead of time for what they most likely will be taught in school. Teach them yourself what the truth is.

I’m bringing this up now because I just read a quote of Vladimir Lenin that chilled me to the bone. He wrote:

We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth. We can and we must write in a language that sows among the masses hatred, scorn, and the like towards those who disagree with us. (Emphasis added.)

Lenin was born in 1870 and died in 1924, but we can see his hateful plans still alive and well in our own country today. Does that sound over the top? Let’s take a look at it.

Don’t believe everything in the textbooks

Trickery and deceit were definitely employed in Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth, which taught our children that our world was doomed if we didn’t drastically reduce our carbon footprint immediately. Add to that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which are probably in use in your kid’s school. (See page 45 of Dibs) Those standards require climate change instruction. One of the high school course descriptions reads: “Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.”

Please note this does not ask the student to determine if Earth systems are being modified by human activity, but how.

If you haven’t noticed the acceptance, possibly encouragement, of law-breaking on college campuses, you need to take a little time off from your daily chores. Look at some video clips of students preventing speakers from conveying their ideas with shouting, physical endangerment, and destruction of private property.

I could cite countless examples of schools withholding and concealing the truth, but to keep it simple, let’s look at just one textbook on American history. The Florida Citizens Alliance has done a great job checking textbooks. One portion from their report on (2015) Modern World History, 9th Grade Teacher Edition, covering the Section on the American Revolution reveals that:

  • The debating between the Federalist and the Anti-Federalists is distorted.
  • The Federalist position was entirely misrepresented.

Signing the Constitution

  • There is no mention of the thirteen colonies declaring their independence as thirteen independent Nation states.
  • There is no mention of our Constitution being a legal document that created the federal government.
  • No mention that the Constitution gave only eighteen very well-defined and very limited powers to the federal government.
  • No mention of the extensive debates that led to the Bill of Rights and particularly why we have a 9th and 10th amendment.
  • The textbook states “colonial leaders eventually recognized the need for a strong national government” which is not true. Our Constitution was carefully crafted to limit federal government powers.

The Florida Citizens Alliance rank this section on American History as having 1) Bias 2) Omission of Fact 3) Half-Truth and 4) Factual Error.

This definitely falls into the withholding and concealing the truth category and, as I said before, is only one small example of how our kids are being misled. How can we expect them to realize how truly exceptional our country is if they are not told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Back to Lenin’s statement—he continues: “sows among the masses hatred, scorn, and the like towards those who disagree with us.” Have you heard the words homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist, racist, sexist? Can you honestly say those words do not sow “hatred, scorn and the like towards those who disagree with us?” How is our culture today different from that espoused by Lenin? Will your kids experience this in school?

These are but a few examples of how some are trying to lead our kids on paths away from truth, patriotism, and God. As a parent you must prepare your kids for being confronted with these realities. Teach them the truth, and that God’s love that endures all things.

Tell me, Mellon, when did we let evil become stronger than us?

– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

Back-to-School: Getting Ready

Back-to-School Time

It’s back-to-school time. Where did the summer go? Whether you have your first child starting kindergarten or a whole crew, you’ve probably started making a list of what needs to be done. New clothes, crayons, pencils, notebooks, haircuts. Decisions: Drive or ride the bus? Pack a lunch or eat in the school cafeteria? Are new rules needed for homework, bedtime, social media, extra-curricular activities? Wow, there’s a lot to do!

Hang on, because I’m going to throw some more at you. You’re probably familiar with the plethora of forms that come home for you to sign. They maybe about school health responsibilities, school policies, field trips, on and on. Here’s what you need to know and do (or not do) with those forms.

• Pay attention to them.
• Don’t ignore them or let them get lost.
• Don’t sign one unless you know exactly what it is you are agreeing to.
• Be sure your kids bring home and hand to you every form they’re given at school.
• Be aware some may need you to write an extra note above your signature.

Read all forms carefully and ask for “opt-out” forms

Why am I sounding so serious about those pesky forms? It’s because a lot of kids have been hurt by a parent’s innocent permission given to the school.

Read the forms you are provided regarding health care very carefully. You don’t want to think you are giving the school nurse permission to provide an aspirin for a headache when you are in fact giving the school carte blanche discretion regarding any health matters. Just such a form was used by a school to help a girl obtain an abortion, completely without her parents’ knowledge, much less approval.

Another instance is the case of a Minnesota school district providing sex change treatment for a seventeen-year-old male student without informing the mother.

Making a decision about field trips used to be a breeze. “Hey Mom, we going to ________(fill in the blank,) Here’s a form for you to sign. You sign it and mark the date on the calendar. In today’s world you’d better ask a few questions about where the kids are going, and what’s going to happen. Some field trips have been to an Islamic mosque where the girls had to wear the Muslim head covering and all had to kneel in the prayer position before “Allah.”

Are your kids in an extra-curricular performing arts program at school? Keep an eye on the choices of material. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) School in South Hadley, Massachusetts was deluged with complaints when parents and others in the community-at-large learned the play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told would not be a take-off of The Greatest Story Ever Told, but rather a lampoon of Genesis—the story of Adam and Steve.

While many schools used to make an opt-in form available, few now use anything but the opt-out form. That means if you don’t keep an eye on what you’re giving permission for, you will not have your complaints given much consideration if something is offered that you find offensive. And many times if you don’t get the form back to the school by the required date, the school has the right to make the assumption that you don’t wish to opt out.

Also keep your eye open for “special” days such as “Pink Shirt Day” that supports homosexuality, “Coming Out Day” promoting gay and lesbian ideals, “Earth Day” that promotes the green agenda and worship of Mother Earth, also known as Gaia.

Earth Day

That last one, “Earth Day,” may be a surprise that it is something to be concerned about. That’s probably because you aren’t aware of what your kids are being taught about this at school. The website “All for Gaia—Earth Day and Total Transformation” says”

In our contemporary era, Earth Day has become the modern celebration of Gaia. Partakers of this event, whether aware of it or not, play off the ancient pagan beliefs of a Universal Mother. Like the sacred oaths taken in her name, today’s Earth Day celebrants sign environmental petitions, make pledges, and announce resolutions in support of Mother Earth. And like the old sacrifices to the deity, today’s Earth Day practitioners offer sacrifices of “good works” to the planet. Not only is the Earth a deity to be venerated, but the Earth itself – as the representative and embodiment of the Goddess – has become a modern day idol.

That website also contains a quote from the blog of John Kerry, former Secretary of State that reads:

Earth is more than just a spaceship. She is our Mother. She gave us life. There is nowhere else to go but to stay and love her.

If you would like a copy of the chapter on parents’ rights from my book, Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids?, use my contact form and let me know. I’ll email you a link to download it.

Who Do You Trust?

Total trust

Unless you’re not a cat enthusiast, this photo can’t help but draw an “Aw-w-w-w” from you. This little 18-month old girl, pacifier in place, sound asleep with her arm comfortingly across a cat as big, or bigger, than she is—I can’t think of a more perfect picture of “trust.” The cat knows the girl will not squeeze the life out of it, or pull its whiskers. The girl has no fear of being hurt by the cat’s claws. They trust each other—trusting so completely they can sleep soundly.

But where did this trust come from? It wouldn’t have developed if the little girl did things to the cat that hurt it. It wouldn’t have developed if the cat hissed and bared its claws every time the child invaded its perceived territory. Trust is built on knowledge and experiences. I’m sure the little girl’s mother and father watched closely as this relationship of trust developed to make certain no harm occurred.

So who do you trust with your kids? Their hockey or soccer coach? Their school teachers? Their circle of friends? Those who produce TV shows and develop other media they indulge in? The list goes on. But perhaps the question shouldn’t be who do you trust to influence your kids, but why do you trust them? Do you know their personal lives, the language used in the locker room, the political views, and most of all their belief in God? Do you watch closely as those relationships of trust between your kids and others in their lives develop to make certain no harm will occur?

Is that possible, or even desirable? We can’t go looking in closets and under beds of everyone our kids associate with! Does God want to turn us all into helicopter parents? Of course not. However, he does say in Psalm 118:8, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” The one place to put all your trust about any issue in your kids’ lives is the Bible. That’s where we know whom to trust; God’s Word never fails. He tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

I can hear our kids now: “Mom, don’t you dare ask my coach/teacher/friends questions. They’ll make fun of me and it’ll ruin my life forever.” I get it. But God, in his wisdom knew that would be coming, so he tells us in Psalm 119:42, “. . . I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.”

The clue to making this work is letting your kids know about trust—who to trust, why to trust, how far to trust—early on in their lives. Then they grow up with the understanding that the only one they can trust completely is God (followed by you, of course), and that anyone or anything else must earn their trust. Even if your kids are already past the “tell it early and tell it often” stage, it’s not too late to start. You’ll probably have to take some grief in the process, but your kids’ lives—their eternal lives—are at stake. That’s worth a little grief, don’t’ you think?

I have a whole chapter on trust in my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? You can read it online using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature. Get more information about the ways Pied Pipers are leading our kids on paths away from God at the book’s website DibsOnYourKids.com. Let me know what you think.