House Will Hear Parent's Bill of Rights

This coming Thursday, February 10 at 4:00, testimony will be heard on the Parent’s Bill of Rights that I have submitted. I hope concerned parents, grandparents and community members will show up to be heard. We want legislators to know this is important and that we are serious.

This is the first bill of four that I have introduced to address problems that have developed in our education system. The other bills which will be heard at a later date deal with:

1. Transparency in Education Curriculum, ensuring that parents and other concerned community members have easy and complete access to the curriculum and instructional materials used by school personnel with their children. As well as the ability to participate in their development, selection, and removal.

2. A Curriculum bill that ensures that all curricula, pedagogy and instructional materials adhere to the standards set forth in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires all people to be judged by the content of their characters, not their race, ethnicity, gender or religion and prohibits any activities that would lead to discrimination, segregation, the centering of one race over any other, and political or ideological indoctrination.

3. A Comprehensive Heritage History Education bill that would require the history of all the nationalities that have come to the United States to be taught in our schools. The recent trend in our schools have been to center or emphasize African American, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indigenous history and neglect the histories and stories of the other nationalities that have found a home in Rhode Island. This bill would mandate that the histories of everyone, the bad, and the good, be taught. Our children will benefit from learning about the evils of slavery and Jim Crow atrocities, the Civil War, about the Indian Wars, about the repression of the Soviet Union, the Gulags and the Holodomor that caused so many Eastern Europeans to leave their countries, about the Chinese Cultural Revolution and its purge of 60 million people that brought so many to the safety and prosperity of America. They should know about the evil of the Holocaust and other genocides around the world. They will benefit from learning about the wars, the famines, and the natural disasters that made people leave their countries to find a new home in the United States. In short, they will come to appreciate the safety and prosperity of America and why so many people from around the world have made it their home.

I sincerely hope that you will come to the Statehouse, submit written testimony, and sign up to support or even testify on behalf of these bills.

This is about the future of our children. And they are Our Future!

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