You send your child to school to be educated.
You take your child to the doctor to remain as healthy as possible.
Is it your expectation that either your child's teacher or physician meddle into the secret hidden places of your child's heart and mind? You would not want a stranger wandering through the halls and rooms of your home. Is it much different to have an adult (other than yourself) trespass on your child's sense of self?
Of course not.
Recently, in Astoria Oregon, a five year old boy was asked by his doctor, "Are you a boy or a girl?". The little guy looked inquisitively up to his mom seeking her help with such a curious question. Here is a "trusted adult" planting a seed of doubt or confusion onto the heart of a child.
Clearly, the doctor is overstepping her role and will never know (or have to be responsible for) the impact of such a question. Expert or not, YOU are the parent and guardian of your child. Retain your rightful place in their life.
In Oregon there is a concerted effort to blur the lines between education and healthcare. Don't go all soft about this. We urge you to claim your rights as parents. Your child needs you!
Your school board members are volunteers. They are busy people such as yourself. They care about kids. They have made a commitment to serve the residents of their district. They DO NOT work for the:
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) The Superintendent of Public Instruction (Governor Kitzhaber) The Oregon Educational Investment Board (OEIB) The Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Organizations or Private Corporation (ie:Kaiser Permanente)
Use respectful resolve to remind them that "there is no local control if parents rights are not honored/protected". Thank them for their service...but remind them that they work for YOU!
sex sexuality sex education identity school based health centers bullying consent confidentiality health community services/resources parental notificationParents' Rights in Education has many tools, tips and resources that you may find helpful; learn what to watch for, become equipped, and encouraged!
1. How and when can I see all the district's K-12 sexuality education curriculum materials? 2. What is the school’s policy re notifying me of sexuality education, potentially objectionable reading assignments and other sensitive curriculum matters? How will I be informed/contacted? 3. What is the policy or process for me to “opt out” my child from a class or assignment? 4. How can I get a copy of the district's K-12 Sexuality Education policies? 5. Will there be any non-school personnel teaching certain sexuality education material? How were their qualifications verified? If these personnel are permitted to do instruction, can other non-school personnel with different viewpoints also be approved for instruction? What policies govern these decisions? 6. May I observe classroom instruction? If not, why not? If so, what if any procedure must be followed? What policies govern these decisions?
Article: Governor Kitzhaber Undermining Rights of Parents, http://oregoncatalyst.com/25291-gov-kitzhaber-undermining-rights-parents.html
October 26, 2013 Radio Interview: One aspect of integrating health care and education: sex ed. We talk with Lori Porter, co-founder of Parents’ Rights in Education, and with attorney Joanna Galbraith, a family rights advocate, to find out what’s passing for “sex education” in K–12 schools. This will shock you as parents—not only what they’re pushing on your children but the army of organizations doing the pushing. Tune in to hear not only the shocking details, but your rights as parents—and what you can do about it. To hear a copy of this broadcast, Visit: http://www.ispyradio.com/ispyradioshow10262013.Parents and guardians do not have to be experts in all this – just equipped enough to push back on a very serious “power grab” that is going on in Oregon. Parents hold a lot more cards than they think! Your local school district has an obligation to honor parent’s rights and their roles in the lives of their children; schools are expected to support not destroy the parent/child relationship. Remain resolute in respectfully reminding them of this.
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*To ensure that women and teens can readily obtain birth control and abortion from their own primary care clinician as a part of their routine medical care. *Expand access to reproductive care and work to reverse the abortion-provider shortagePregnant? Know Your Options - All options pregnancy counseling services (Boys & Girls Aid). Our services to you are always free of charge and completely confidential. Obtain support in making a parenting plan, an adoption plan or an abortion plan and determine why it may be a good choice for you. Boys & Girls Aid beliefs include:
*Right to neutral, unbiased counseling when making decisions about their pregnancy. *All pregnant women, regardless of age, have the right and the responsibility to make their own decisions. *All pregnant women should live in an environment that is safe, healthy, and nurturing.The Washington County Teen Clinic states that their answers are private, safe, and practical.
They offer assistance to minors asking questions such as: “Is it right for me? Should I listen to them? Who can I trust? What will happen? Should I try it? How can I decide? Where am I going? Who do I call? How will I get there"?