It’s about letting parents parent

The time has come for a change. Our community has become divided among parents, teachers and those making decisions.

A battle has raged for some time, and it is a fight for authority over our children. I believe that no matter how much I disagree with liberal points of view, we all love our children dearly. I think that love fuels our passion in this fight. But the public needs to know that many of us are being silenced and backed into a corner.

Large numbers of parents are called “intolerant” or “bigoted” or are being accused of wanting to censor literature. The truth is we want our kids to know great literature. But we want knowledge of the curriculum, what is in it, and ability to opt out if we deem it inappropriate.

This book choice issue is not about a book, nor about religion. I know many in favor of opt-out who aren’t religious at all. This is about letting parents parent.

Teachers are amazing but are only with our kids for a few hours. Raising kids and nurturing and developing their character is the job of the parent. Please consider who you want making critical decisions about your child: a school that tells you they know best, or yourself, who has made every major decision since your child was not yet even born.

Ashley Huizenga lives in Thousand Oaks and has four children in Conejo Valley public schools.


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.


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