Published October 10, 2013. Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. Hood was a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012; he won 70 votes.
And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
Many State Statutes are good, decent and right, such as our Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Statute 940.04. But there is such a thing as invasive statutes and State government meddling outside their jurisdiction. One key area which has contributed the destruction of the family is the government’s educational system. While a Sex-Ed. program isn’t mandatory under State Law, most School Districts, offer Sex-Ed. and are thus subject to the following 118.019 Section- Human growth and development instruction State Statutes:
“118.019(1)Purpose: The purpose of this section is to foster a partnership between parents of pupils attending schools in the school district and the schools in the school district to promote the optimal health and well-being of the pupils. The provisions of this section are in addition to, and do not supplant, the requirements under ss. 118.01 (2) (d) 2. c. and 8. and 118.13 (1), which are critical to maintaining the physical and psychological health of each pupil. 118.019(1m)(a)(a) “Age-appropriate” means suitable to a particular age group of pupils based on their developing cognitive and emotional capacity and consistent with adolescent development and community standards.”
“118.019(2)(2) Subjects. A school board may provide an instructional program in human growth and development in grades kindergarten to 12. If the school board elects to provide an instructional program under this section, when the school board establishes the curriculum for the instructional program, the school board shall make determinations as to whether and, if so, for what subjects covered in the curriculum the pupils shall be separated by gender. If an instructional program is provided, the following instructional program is recommended:”
Before we get into the technical particulars of this legislation, we need to affirm some basic tenets. First off, the Bible puts the responsibility of training children on the parents, and in no way assigns that to the State. Because education of children is assigned to the parents, education is therefore a family matter, and a private affair, as opposed to a public matter. We are to have a republican form of government, where the civil authority addresses public matters. Those areas left to private administration are what we call freedom.
Questions about the psychological health of children, with the exception of juvenile crime are in no way the business of the Executive Branch, neither is the cognitive emotional capacity of adolescents the Government’s business. Because government has made it their business, social workers and activist teachers have undermined parental authority, trampled God-given Inalienable Rights, and have destroyed households in an effort to enforce their utopia. The Constitution Party of Wisconsin means to rein this in, and mean to get the civil authority out of education. In the mean time, we need to fight for the well-being children in government schools. We know decent education won’t happen overnight, and we know it won’t happen without a struggle, but the goal is worthy of our effort. The philosophy of the school room in one generation is the philosophy of politics in the next generation, as these students grow up into citizens.
Not only does it get between the God ordained order of parent and child, but I agree with my friend, former Montana State Representative Rick Jore, that all compulsory education violates the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution and its prohibition of involuntary servitude.
And lest someone think that I’m against education or teachers – I’m for education and for parents having freedom of choice in education. I’m also for private schools, home schooling, privately hired tutors and for church schools and charities providing schooling. I’m also for teachers being turned loose in those environments to teach with all their God given talent according to the conscience of the teacher before God and the will of the parents for their children rather than teachers being hamstrung with government regulations, programs and requirements. I believe in teachers and would love to see what would happen if they were turned loose to teach as they see fit.
Part 2, published on October 17, 2013:
“And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:
but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin recognizes that children will have to be taught about sex. Given that our State has a problem with child molestation, this is a serious matter. The teachers of Sex-Ed should be the child’s parents. Sex-Ed without stern moral instruction becomes an introduction to sin. It becomes Sin-Ed. Concerning the un-biblical public schools: While a Sex-Ed program isn’t mandatory under State Law, most School Districts, offer Sex-Ed, and are thus subject to the following 118.019 Section- Human growth and development instruction State Statutes:
“118.019(2)(a)(a) Present medically accurate information to pupils and, when age-appropriate, address the following topics: 118.019(2)(a)1.The importance of communication about sexuality between the pupil and the pupil’s parents or guardians. 118.019(2)(a)2.Reproductive and sexual anatomy and physiology, including biological, psychosocial, emotional, and intellectual changes that accompany maturation. 118.019(2)(a)5.The benefits of and reasons for abstaining from sexual activity. Instruction under this subdivision shall stress the value of abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and shall identify the skills necessary to remain abstinent. 118.019(2)(a)7. Methods for developing healthy life skills, including setting goals, making responsible decisions, communicating, and managing stress. 118.019(2)(a)8.. How alcohol and drug use affect responsible decision making. 118.019(2)(a)9. The impact of media and one’s peers on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to sexuality.”
“(2m) Required subjects. If a school board provides instruction in any of the areas under sub. 118.019(2m), the school board shall ensure that instruction conforms to s. 118.13 (1) and that the following is provided, when age appropriate, in the same course and during the same year: 18.019(2m)(c)(c) Presents abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils.118.019(2m)(d)(d) Emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. 118.019(2m)(e)(e) Provides instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage for adults and their children. 118.019(2m)(f)(f) Explains pregnancy, prenatal development, and childbirth. 118.019(2m)(g)(g) Explains the criminal penalties under ch. 948 for engaging in sexual activities involving a child.”
“118.019(2m)(h)(h) Explains the sex offender registration requirements under s. 301.45. Instruction under this paragraph shall include who is required to report under s. 301.45, what information must be reported, who has access to the information reported, and the implications of being registered under s.301.45.”
While some of these goals tend to be fairly decent, the State of Wisconsin is inserting itself into matters where it doesn’t belong. These goals can be easily mishandled by a teacher, and the school quickly becomes the authority on what is moral. The Constitution Party of Wisconsin’s Platform states, “Education should be free from any State Government subsidy and government interference. The State Government has no legitimate role in either subsidizing or regulating education. To that end, the CPoW supports amending the Wisconsin Constitution to remove the State of Wisconsin from any role in education. We support an orderly transition to free market education including Home Education and Private Schools (for profit and non-profit) and encourage benevolence to provide effective education for those in need.”
While parents aren’t “the experts,” they care for their children’s well being far above what some liberal elitist ever will. That is why education of their children is their responsibility, thus the parents have a God-given Right to educate their children as they, not the State see fit.