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“Live Free or Die” Does Not Mean “Parents Are Too Stupid to Make Educational Choices.”

The “granite state” of New Hampshire is in the midst of a fight over education. Specifically, the battle is over whether parents have a say in the education their children receive.

One would think with the state motto of “live free or die,” the people of New Hampshire would embrace the idea of parents taking an active part in their child’s education.

One would be right if one were looking to Republicans and conservatives within the state. One would be wrong if looking to Democrats and progressives.

The main issue surrounds a bill passed by the legislature, vetoed by Governor Lynch and the veto overridden by the legislature..

The bill states:

Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. Such policy shall include a provision requiring the parent or legal guardian to notify the school principal or designee in writing of the specific material to which they object and a provision requiring an alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area. The name of the parent or legal guardian and any specific reasons disclosed to school officials for the objection to the material shall not be public information and shall be excluded from access under RSA 91-A.

The bill is in response to schools teaching morals and choices that are against the wishes of the parents. For example, if a child is raised in a home with religious convictions against sex before marriage or homosexuality, the school should not be able to force differing views down the throat of the child. Parents should not have to contend with their teachings being contradicted by an educations system with different values.

This type of parental decision is the epitome of “live free or die.” It is a parent taking charge of their child’s education instead of being a bystander.

Because of that, Democrats and progressives see the bill as a threat to their indoctrination of New Hampshire young people. In order to mobilize support, progressives and Democrats are forced to lie about the bill and demonize it as something it is not.

For example, on the site “Crooks and Liars,” a writer with the name of “karoli” gets on her soapbox and spews forth this mess:

As worded, any parent could object to the entire curriculum and substitute whatever they wanted instead, with no measurement or assessment or accountability for that “alternative material” requirement, which means compulsory education would be dead, dead, dead.

“karoli” must have failed reading comprehension.

The bill does not allow for parents to substitute whatever they want. It does not end compulsory education.

Once again the bill says:

….provision requiring an alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area.

This means the alternative proposed by the parent must still meet educational requirements and is subject to review.

The Democratic Party in New Hampshire come up with their own lie:

In addition this bill will downshift an enormous cost burden on to cities and towns. It requires school districts to create individual curricula for each and every student and the costs of developing those plans will be passed on to local taxpayers.

We are not sure if the Democrats can’t read either as once again, the bill states:

….alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense

Furthermore, as part of the bill’s proposal an evaluation of the cost to taxpayers must be made. The bill was found to be fiscally neutral.

HB 542 FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to exceptions for objectionable material in public school courses.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Department of Education states this bill, as amended by the Senate (Amendment #2011-2251s), will have no fiscal impact on state, county, or local revenues or expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

The Department states that this bill will have no fiscal impact. The bill requires school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. School districts may utilize the model policy of the New Hampshire School Boards Association in dealing with parental objection to instructional material, which can be modified at no cost to accommodate the requirements of the bill as amended.

In short, the Democrats and progressives are lying. There is no polite way of saying it. It appears they are so afraid of losing the ability to indoctrinate young people they want to take the rights of parents away. They are willing to do anything to strip parents of their ability to raise their children as the parent sees fit.

Such lies should never be left unchallenged. This particular set of lies are designed to enslave parents and strip away their rights. It is hardly the vision and promise of “Live Free or Die.”

But it is the promise of Democrats and progressives.



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