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WWS Parents: What Books Are In Your School?

Do you know what books are in Westfield Washington Schools? Are there books in WWS that are not age-appropriate?

Contrary to what some claim, being concerned about what books children are reading does not equal a desire to “ban” books. Responsible adults ensure that minors are not exposed to pornographic material or material that is not appropriate for their age. The last place parents should have to worry about their children being exposed to unsuitable books is at the school library.

Parents need to know what material is available to their children so they can be vigilant and involved with what their children are learning about.

Here are two steps you can take right now.

Step One

Review and familiarize yourself with this list of the most “banned” books.

Step Two

Search for these books within WWS at your particular school(s). If you find a book that you consider to be unfit for a school library, please contact superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser at  317-385-4912, or via email at [email protected].

As parents, it is ultimately our duty and responsibility to know what our children are being taught and exposed to at all times. I encourage you to be proactive and, if necessary, make some noise!

Proactive Parenting: Protecting Your Children

Author: Marianne Miller

Sending our children to school is sadly not at all like when we were young. Originating in the universities and hyped by media, an ideology has insidiously permeated many of our schools and classrooms.  So what can a parent do to protect their children from this overreach? 

  1. Have a clear understanding of CRT and Queer Theory:
  • Racism is a normal part of everyday American life
  • Social systems must be torn down and rebuilt
  • Racial advantage propels the self-interests, power, and privileges of the dominant group.
  •  Race and gender have been constructed socially, much to the detriment of marginalized people groups. The dominant culture has been allowed to spread their culture unchecked. White Culture includes traits like hard work, nuclear family, and respect for authority. 
  • CRT gives voice to the unique perspectives and lived experiences of people of color. The dominant race/gender/sexuality cannot have a lived experience.
  • Social activism is an integral part of CRT and Queer Theory
  • Listen to podcasts like The Great Awokening Podcast (Josh Dawes) and A Time to Stand (Kelly S).Also website.
  • The group identity is more important than the individual. (Marxism)
  1. Maximize Parental Influence:
  • Prioritize your relationship with each of your individual children. Create rituals, laugh, hug, affirm your unconditional love for them, encourage them when life is hard. Focus on who they are and not what they do. Nurture extended family relationships.
  • Nurture hobbies, unique interests, community service, family chores, reading, story -telling, creative writing/journaling. 
  • Help kids understand internal locus of control. How they think about the difficult things in their life matters. When things don’t go as planned, help them find where they have influence in the situation rather than assigning blame outside their control.
  • They are responsible for their own actions. They can never control others. If they try to control others for their own benefit—it is called manipulation. People cannot assign motives to them.
  • Be ready to discuss buzz words like: Privilege, Safe Spaces, Inclusion, Diversity, Gender Identity, Transgender, LGBTQ, Non-Binary, social justice.  But also cover Truth, group-think, and family values etc.
  • Help them have a firm understanding of their ever-evolving identity. Schools will try to limit their identity to skin color, gender, and sexuality. Help your kids see the beautiful complexity and nuance of each individual. Talk about the importance of friendships well before sexuality concerns. 
  • Help them understand closed logic loops– A person states an opinion as if it is a fact. The opinion is challenged. The person challenging is labeled a bigot (etc) since they do not accept the group’s moral imperative as a fact. Refrain from engaging these individuals.
  • Children are not responsible for the well-being of others. The Golden Rule has been recently altered to become the Platinum Rule: “Treat others how they want to be treated.” Consider the reality of that pressure. Keep the Golden Rule.
  • Diversity of ideas enhances a community, allowing people to learn and grow from each other. Limiting perspectives to a singular ideology in not diversity.  Teach kids this.
  • Influencing kids to become activists or stoking their moral outrage is premature given their inability to be responsible for their own well-being. Help kids first be responsible.
  1. Understand and address the possible unintended consequences:
  1.  Action: A teacher hangs a sign reading “Every Student Welcome Here”

Consequence: Students wonder where they might not be welcome. A classroom without a sign may now seem unwelcoming. The default assumption that ALL teachers welcome ALL students is gone. 

  1. Action: Teachers begin talking about safe spaces. 

                Consequence: Students begin thinking about Unsafe spaces.  They consider when they might need a safe space. General anxiety increases.

  1. Action: Teachers focus on feelings. To help kids be “ready to learn” each day, the teacher focuses students’ attention on how they are feeling.

Consequence: Rather than students organically considering their emotions, the group dynamic easily leads to manufactured feelings similar to a pre-med student who feels like they have every disease they study. Anxiety increases as students are encouraged to empathize with students who are struggling. 

  1. Action: Many teachers no longer address students as boys and girls. Teachers can face social chastisement for “assuming someone’s gender.” Some teachers ask students for their preferred pronouns. 

Consequence: The social norm held for the entirety of history and across every culture in the world is being suddenly questioned and altered. This is destabilizing. The beautiful continuum of what it means to be a boy or a girl has been shaken. Students become confused. Transgenderism has increased over 2000% percent. 

  1. Action: The LGBTQ community is discussed regularly both by adults and other students. Books for all grades are specifically selected to increase students’ awareness of LGBTQ people and families.

Consequence: Christians are targeted, tested, and labeled as homophobic, transphobic or bigot if they fail to pledge full allegiance to supporting this marginalized community. Young students consider these concepts at an age where full understanding is developmentally impossible. Antagonism develops among classmates who want to just focus on school and those looking to practice social activism while at school. By high school, most students consider themselves bisexual.

The Rise of Gender Ideology in Schools

This podcast, posted on 5.1.22 by The Daily Wire, outlines gender ideology in the schools. It is a MUST LISTEN for anyone with kids or grandkids in school.

Listen here.

How To End Systemic Racism

There is systemic racism in America, and people of color are paying a terrible price because of it. It’s time to shine a bright light on the source of this regressive idea. PragerU’s own Amala Ekpunobi does just that.

Watch here.

The Fight For Curriculum Transparency – Christopher F. Rufo

Parents have the right to know what the government is teaching their children.

Indiana Senate GOP Folds on CRT and Parents – Stanley Kurtz

This National Review article outlines how GOP Senate leaders killed a meaningful education bill.

Feel free to contact Senator Linda Rogers and Senate Education Chair Jeff Raatz to let them know what you think.

February School Board Meeting

Indiana: Lawsuit Filed Against School For COVID Quarantine Rules

“Indiana’s irrational school Covid rules have led to three school years of ongoing disruptions for its youngest generation.

Read more here.

Indiana AG Announces Expanded Parents Bill of Rights

Attorney General Todd Rokita today issued an expanded version of his office’s Parents’ Bill of Rights that contains, among other new information, a fresh section on parents’ rights involving medical decisions for their children. Labeled Parents’ Bill of Rights 2.0, it includes new information on:

  •  How to file a civil rights claim if your student is being discriminated against;
  •  How to better engage school boards and get documents;
  •  How to become aware of your students’ medical rights; 
  •  How to run for school boards; and
  •  How to opt out of your student’s curriculum.

“Hoosier parents statewide are embracing their God-given roles as primary providers of their children’s education and upbringing,” Attorney General Rokita said. “So many dedicated moms and dads responded with such appreciation to our Parents’ Bill of Rights when we first released it in June, and they raised many new questions and concerns that we are honored to help address in this Parents’ Bill of Rights 2.0.”

You can read the complete Parents Bill of Rights here.

August School Board Meeting

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