Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's For Lunch?

When did we become a nation that would stand for a government that tells you what your children may and may not eat for lunch?

I guess it was about the same time we became a nation of people who put our children in government schools even though we know that those schools consider our fundamental parental rights to be null and void while our children are there.

(Fields v. Palmdale School District, 427 F.3d 1197, 2005)  Specifically, the case centered around a lawsuit brought by parents against the use of a student questionnaire that asked what they believed to be personal and probing questions.  Their case was rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,which determined that a traditional fundamental parental right "does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door."

It always seems so far away, at some other school in some other school district, but a local friend of mine recently told me of her attempt to sit in on one of her daughter's classes at the local middle school.  She was told that she would have to apply for permission, wait a couple of weeks for it to be granted, and then only visit the classroom at the date and time that they approved.  How's that for being able to get a feel for what they're saying to your child everyday?!

Maybe it is time for a Parental Rights Amendment!

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