The Cherokee County School Board meeting on 20 May was a great example of parental involvement.
Typically, recent statements have tried to divert the issue to something personal. That was not the case on 20 May. Not since parents demanded CCSD support for a charter school has the school system felt the strength of the voters. They didn’t listen then and somewhere along the line the school system and school board may have missed the fact that the school system belongs to the citizens of Cherokee County and school board members are elected officials. On the 20th, citizens identified programs they did not agree with and they spoke out. That is a First Amendment right. Equally as important, it is their obligation as parents. Cherokee parents simply realized that the school system was headed in a direction that they did not want so they spoke out against CRT (Critical Race Theory), DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) and SEL (Social, Emotional Learning) in the CCSD curriculum.
While CRT and DEI will not be implemented, the CCSD superintendent stated that SEL WILL be embraced and apparently the school board endorses his stand. Apparently, this is because CCSD has decided that students are lacking in those skills need to think better of themselves and others. Wouldn’t a strong emphasis of Judeo-Christian ethics, patriotism, discipline, and morality that we had in the classroom at one time serve the same purpose? Remember, liberals ruled those subjects inappropriate some years ago in a series of court cases.
On the surface these programs may sound worthy. However, they actually focus to undermine and distort many long held American cultural values. With SEL implementation, once again government schools have decided that they need to take the place of the family just as they have done in many other areas which were never intended to be part of public education. They will ensure that your children and grandchildren have what they consider the appropriate level of Social, Emotional and Learning perspectives and attitudes. These are family values and parents should reinforce what they want taught and how they want their children educated. On 20 May, they did. However, instead of encouraging and expanding the meeting time to increased parental involvement and feedback at board meetings, the CCSD spokesperson says steps are being taking to have more control over public voices in an attempt to curtail parental involvement at board meetings. Don’t forget the First Amendment!
Quentin M. Thomas
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)