Several weeks ago, I penned a blog about a mother in Edmond, Oklahoma who was upset about the sexually inappropriate texts being assigned/required in her child's high school. In order to give parents an idea of the steps through which this mother went in order to bring attention to this situation and stand for and on behalf of the needs and best interest of her child, I included the letter she had written to her school board members.
The blog was read thousands and thousands of times and sparked MUCH discussion about what is and isn't appropriate for students and even what constituted the definition of a child.
This week, I heard from the mother about the results of her meeting with the Superintendent of Edmond Schools regarding this issue. She was satisfied with the outcome. Here is her email:
Bob and I met with Dr. Goin and Mr. Towne (Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, respectively). Both men were very gracious and understanding.
In a nutshell, starting next year, letters will go out giving parents notification and a choice of books their child is to read. They will notify the parent/guardian of the content of The Kite Runner and The Glass Castle and will have another book to choose with a curriculum and teacher. The student will not go to a library or leave the room to study on their own.
I emphasized that the books contain sexual acts with children. By federal and state law, this is illegal to possess. It could theoretically be challenged in court. Plus, they are teaching it to minors. They listened. I also mentioned Oklahoma Statute HB 1384 and parents have the right to question curriculum because they are in charge of their child’s education and health. They both acknowledged this bill and welcomed and encouraged parents involvement and participation.
I ended my argument that if we allow darkness in, we should allow light. Lastly, in my opinion, they did not follow policy #3600. Someone really dropped the ball. Despite varying opinion on the content, opinion is not above policy or the law.
So, I am relieved we have a better choice. Thank you for bringing this to light. God bless you.
This was GREAT news. There were a few points that weren't great news however:
- Stephanie actually got hate mail for speaking out on the issue. Can anyone please tell me how this kind of activity is 'tolerant'. It never ceases to amaze me that those that scream the loudest for 'tolerance' tend to be the biggest offenders of 'tolerance' when their opinions are those being challenged in any way.
- NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS RESPONDED TO THIS PARENT'S EMAILS. Seriously? Not one? Here is the list of the Edmond Board Members. I sent two members personal emails asking them to respond on the issue. These are women who came to ME when I started ROPE years ago asking how they could be more responsive to the community. I am absolutely astounded as to how these women can hold their heads upright after this. Parents APPOINT (elect) members to sit on the board IN THEIR STEAD. When Board members refuse to even respond to inquiries and concerns of the parents they serve they should be drummed off the Board to find something more suited to their schedules/desires.
As I stated in the last blog - parents - not the school board, not administration - parents are the entities fully in charge of the education of their children. I hope this mother's courageous actions have given you the courage to act out on behalf of your children should that be necessary. It will never matter what happens on the campus of your child's school - using your money by the way - if you aren't paying attention to the procedures, curricula and policies being utilized in the place where your child occupies the best part of their day and year. Be encouraged! Get involved and stay involved in your child's education and make it work for them!