“Have you seen what schools in New York are doing now?”
That’s what Laura asked from our kitchen this morning. I walked into the room with her and she pointed to the television where a short segment on the morning news was just going off.
To put this into context: Students cannot bring any form of medication to school without having their parent completing a lengthy form for the school nurse. Doing so can get you in serious trouble.
So, if you son has asthma, he cannot carry his medical inhaler with him without an annual “case-by-case” review from the school nurse. If your daughter is allergic to bees, she cannot carry an Epi-Pen without a lengthy annual “case-by-case” review from the school nurse.
Yet, the school nurse can dispense Plan B to a girl as young as 14 without asking or even notifying her parents.
According to the FDA and Plan B’s own web site, the age requirement for the drug is 17. Yet the New York Board of Education has unilaterally decided to ignore that requirement and proceed as they see fit.
A single dose of the medication costs between $50 and $90. For a school system that continues to struggle with a shrinking budget, I wonder if providing free “Morning After” pills to students is really the best use of taxpayer dollars. New York City schools have for years provided free condoms to students.
No Where to Run
In my opinion, this is dangerous. We have a school board making medical and family decisions without consulting with the FDA or the child’s family.
If you would rather not have your children exposed to such decisions, you have little recourse. You can, fill out paperwork to say that your daughter may not participate in the program. But that’s little comfort since she’ll still be exposed to the information and culture.
You can move to a different school district. But that’s easier said than done. In today’s economy, many people are happy to have a job. Trying to find a new one in a different city is not something we can expect to do easily. It’s a tough job market out there.
It’s no wonder that more and more parents who can are opting to homeschool.
What Can We Do?
The activist mentality is not limited to New York School systems. Other local communities have had their share of politicians and appointed officials who try to impose their personal beliefs far beyond the role that government was tasked to do by the founding fathers.
The Federal government, which is constitutionally limited in its power, has usurped states rights and imposed its will by withhold funds unless states acquiesce and adhere to what the Federal government wants.
The concept of liberty seems to have been lost along the way.
But we, the people, are not powerless. We can and should take an interest in our community to make it better. How?
- Pay attention to local issues. Watch the news; read the papers; know what is going on.
- Vote your heart. Continue to prepare for tough times, but don’t give up on the republic. Participate in the system.
- Voice your concerns to your elected officials. Let them know your perspective and that you vote.
- Be intentional with how you raise your kids. Don’t allow the government to do it for you. It’s up to you to instill your values, your vision, your beliefs in your kids.
- Continue to prep. We know deep down that the world is heading for rough times. Continue to prepare for the future regardless of what the world does.
The world had change greatly over the past 50, 20, or even 10 years. The world in which we know live doesn’t appear to be sustainable for a lot of reasons. Voting and trying to change things for the better is like trying to swim upstream. But I, for one, am not willing to give up yet.
I will take responsibility for me family. I will prepare for the future. And I will try to make the world a better place as best I can.