What things is essential that parents provide their children? If the state or government decides to provide them with information or guide them down a path that is not shared by parents, what should be done?
Can the government or school authority decide what learning and values our children should receive? How far does the responsibility of the school and the responsibility of the government go towards our children’s education?
Days ago I read a post on Facebook that said: “My son can decide not to hug you, greet you or kiss you, respect his decision as well as the personal distance that he needs to put between you, even if you represent some authority (and even more so).”
This phrase left me thinking a lot, because it has precisely been published in the news that at the international level, in recent months there have been important mobilizations of parents, with the sole purpose of letting the State know the non-acceptance of an imposed ideology our children from preschool age. These demonstrations have a fundamental purpose that parents cannot renounce: “The right of parents to educate their children.”
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Many people approve of giving the child the authority to establish the limits of what he accepts from strangers and what he does not, and yet they find it difficult to accept that many parents decide to put a stop to what they consider an imposition of values that respond to interests of others. What to do?
Do I have the RIGHT to educate my children?
The education of children is an inherent right of parents, it is not a function of the State, but rather the State has the obligation to guarantee an education under the guardianship of the parents, never over them. The difference in this consists precisely in what various international treaties and laws in different countries have made clear about the preeminence that parents have in educating their children. However, in recent years in several governments of different countries, the Secretaries of Education have imposed a crude and manipulated vision in the education of children, specifically in sexual matters.
Tolerance or exaggeration? Reality
Imagine that one day you pick up your 4-year-old son from kindergarten and he says to you, “Mom, I want to be a girl.” In the dialogue you ask why, and you receive the answer that, as a result of a school dynamic, they were instructed to dress according to the opposite sex to experiment and see how they feel inside, forgetting the immaturity and impressionability of these little ones, and following agendas that parents have not approved (and in many cases, they don’t even know about).
Perhaps after hearing this, some feelings of annoyance, anger and indignation run through your head, and you think: why do they do these things with my children? In most cases, it is because parents get little involved in reviewing the contents of textbooks or even in school meetings. Today, at least in Mexico, this is a reality, and these activities are already in different school books arguing the right of children to non-discrimination and sexual diversity.
What can parents do about this?
First, find out. Read a lot, look for the best way to express to our children the experience of sexual identity, and while we try to shield them from foreign influences, defend our right to share our values and beliefs with our family against ideological impositions.
In many cases, international agreements and commitments made in large spheres limit what schools can do, but there are always solutions. Dialogues with the authorities, parent meetings, support classes for teachers to complete the distorted vision of some books, and group work sessions to share healthy and natural visions of human sexuality, are some examples of concrete actions that we can take parents to preserve the innocence of our children.
But if nothing happens!
There are also parents who think that the world is different now, and that if before the forks were used to take pieces of meat, now they can be used to brush the hair, as the little mermaid princess Ariel showed in her innocence in the Disney movie. It seems fair to them that the family and institutions adapt to the “new times.” They believe that parents who are startled and act out at these government attributions are exaggerated and radical. For them, it is necessary to always have love and openness, since the original intention is always to respect different opinions.
But it is also necessary to make it very clear that many parents want to take the initiative and defend what we consider correct: to be able to decide how, when and what to teach our children to develop a healthy, integral and full sexuality, which leads them to a strong self-esteem and healthy relationships with people of both sexes. That’s what it’s all about. We need to become aware that a firm and timely position can save our children from confusion, manipulation or ideologization.
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This genuine interest is a sign of hope, as it shows the urgent social participation of citizens in the social and political life of their peoples, so that Latin America can overcome governments not very interested in the complete well-being of its citizens. Many claim that social participation in these marches has awakened the Sleeping Giant (civil society). This is unequivocally a beautiful sign of hope. The people that stand up are virto. He who remains seated is ignored.
I invite you to read: How to exercise your citizen participation?