“Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
Our Wisconsin State Statutes regarding education are egregious, yet the State of Wisconsin has given us limited means to deal with the ill-conceived efforts of our legislature, at least for now. It may be an entirely different educational world, once Common Core is fully in place. Currently by statute, here are the following remedies:
118.019(3)(3) Distribution of curriculum to parents; notice. Each school board that provides an instructional program in human growth and development shall annually provide the parents or guardians of each pupil enrolled in the school district with an outline of the human growth and development curriculum used in the pupil’s grade level, information regarding how the parent or guardian may inspect the complete curriculum and instructional materials, an explanation of the exemption under sub. (4), and a statement that pupils exempted from instruction under this section will still receive instruction in the subjects under s. 118.01(2)(d)2. c., unless exempted, and s. 118.01(2)(d) 8. The school board shall make the complete human growth and development curriculum and all instructional materials available for inspection by a parent or guardian upon his or her request at any time, including prior to their use in the classroom.
118.019(4)(4) Exemption for individual pupils. No pupil may be required to take instruction in human growth and development or in the specific subjects under subs. (2) and (2m) if the pupil’s parent or guardian files with the teacher or school principal a written request that the pupil be exempted.
Notices and exemptions are ways for parents can handle problematic teaching. The better way for the parent to combat this is to send their children to a private school, or to home school their children.
How can you as a taxpayer combat this? If the school district elects to offer Sex Ed they must put together an Advisory Committee.
“This is where citizens can have an impact on what is taught in the classrooms—speakers, videos, books, brochures distributed, activities, etc. You can volunteer to serve on this advisory committee,” according to legislative assistant Jolene Churchill.
Being appointed to the Advisory Committee is another example of the Local Initiative. I would recommend this remedy, while there is still time.
118.019(5)(5) Advisory committee. In any school district that offers a human growth and development curriculum, the school board shall appoint an ad-hoc advisory committee whose role is to advise the school board on the design and implementation of the human growth and development curriculum and to review the curriculum. Parents, teachers, school administrators, pupils, health care professionals, members of the clergy, and other residents of the school district shall comprise the committee. No one category of member shall constitute more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee, except that parents may comprise more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee. No more than one quarter of the members of the committee may be made up of employees of the school district or their spouses or members of the school board or their spouses.
Finally, you can run for local school board or you can run for state-wide office. Being in a position of authority allows you to act more effectively. If you aren’t willing to run, join the Constitution Party of Wisconsin, where our candidates will be committed to Godly principles of education and who will uphold our Party’s Platform:
“All teaching is related to basic assumptions about God and man. Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious faith. The law of our Creator assigns the authority and responsibility of educating children to their parents.”
The philosophy of education in one generation is the politics of the next generation. This matter is of utmost importance.
Constitution Party of Wisconsin
PO Box 070344
Milwaukee, WI 53207