Who Knows Best? The urge to replace the parents

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In internet lingo, “speaking the quiet part out loud” means revealing one’s true intentions or motives that should remain unspoken in public. Recently, some prominent organizations dealing with children have said the quiet part out loud when talking about parenting rights.

The National Education Association has a long history of advocating extreme, sexually progressive ideology in schools, such as recommending teachers hide transgender students’ name and pronoun changes from parents. In November, tweeted the NEA: “Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and succeed.”

hmm Could they miss someone? For example, I do not know the parents of the students? It is as if every parent’s right to participate and be aware of their children’s education ends at the ability of progressive teachers to guide their students towards alternative lifestyles, sexual practices and abortion.

Speaking of abortion, another group that works with at-risk children and young people recently got the soft part out loud, too. Parental Attorney Megan Brock tweeted a clip from a video conference from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab. In it, Dr. Sarah Wood the group’s strategy for circumventing Pennsylvania’s parental notification law for minors seeking an abortion.

according to dr Wood would be “the ideal state” to repeal parent notification laws so doctors can privately refer teenagers for abortions. By then, she suggested, there should be a “designated navigator process” to help pregnant teens through a court bypass so parents never have to know. According to Wood, this can prevent “physical, emotional and financial harm” that young women could otherwise suffer at the hands of their families. Ultimately, she explained, it must be the goal of politicians and physicians to “convert this idea of ​​an a Parent, being a trustworthy or supportive adult so it’s not a bondage of biology…”

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That’s quite a goal. After all, can any caring adult replace a parent? Is it possible, or even desirable, to eradicate the supposed importance of biology in making decisions about children’s education and health care? Obviously, in extreme cases when parents have been neglecting or abusive, someone needs to intervene for the children’s benefit, be it the government, teachers, healthcare professionals, clergy or other family members.

But there is an incredible and momentous difference between viewing these interventions as the sad exception and viewing them as the norm.

The notion that teachers love their students and know them better than anyone else, or that we need to expand the concept of parenting beyond biology, suggests that biology is actually not relevant to family structure. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

By recognizing the family and its rights, the government is recognizing an institution it did not create and which has its own authority. By protecting and upholding this institution, the government (and everyone else in society) has protected and upheld the unique relationship that parents have with their children, recognizing that when it comes to the health and well-being of children, not just any adult will suffice . Except in cases where something has gone wrong, children must and should remain primarily under the care and supervision of their parents. They are the ones who actually “know better than anyone” what their children need to learn and thrive.

SRs who want doctors, teachers, or bureaucrats to come between parents and children on sexual issues are demonstrating their hostility not only to parental rights, but also to human nature and how we were created. This deeply misguided agenda will only end up harming children. That’s why we should make sure everyone hears and understands why they’re so wrong when they say the quiet part out loud.

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Originally published by Breakpoint.

John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a sought-after author and speaker in the fields of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics.
Shane Morris is a Senior Writer at the Colson Center, where he has been a Resident Calvinist and Millennial since 2010, a home school graduate and an intern with Chuck Colson. He writes commentary and columns on BreakPoint. Shane has also written for The Federalist, The Christian Post, and Summit Ministries, and blogs regularly for Patheos Evangelical as Troubler of Israel.

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