OK…you all read about the ‘Wear Purple for Peace Day’ at Bustas’ school. Well, I decided that since a 5 year old was involved that I wouldn’t make a big stink –and just a personal ‘silent protest’ by keeping him home from school that day. I thought that would be the end of the story. Wrong. Today he came home with a Kid’s Creating Peace Pledge that is supposed to be signed and returned. It was authored by a woman named Dr. Cheryl Landy..now keep in mind that this is for grades K-6. I believe that Dr. Phil’s son has a program about ‘bullying’ that would be much more appropriate and germane to the experiences of this age range. Now I am forced to confront the situation head-on. I have never been good at keeping my mouth shut or at social conformity…I try, I really do.
…When you are presenting something that a child doesn’t have the capability to understand, it is not teaching …its indoctrination.
This is the letter I intend to send in his folder tomorrow:
Dear Mrs. B,
I am returning this pledge unsigned on Bustas's behalf.
I do not disagree with the notion of a peace pledge. However, I feel
this pledge is not age-appropriate and furthers a political and
sociological agenda that dishonors our military and therefore my family.
We espouse the notion that everyone should be treated fairly and equally
and champion the ideals of a non-violent world, however, this material
does not address the very real necessity for security in a world such as
ours. These are selfless positions of sacrifice that are undertaken by the
members of our military and domestic law enforcement with the ultimate
goal of peace in our midst.
Our country is currently at war and it is my belief that we need to stand
firmly behind our troops.
I have read the author of this pledge's work and while I appreciate the
notions that you are trying to further in school children, I disagree with
the fundamental ideological tenets of the author's position. This is not
kindergarten-level material and should not presented as such.
I am available to discuss this further at your convenience.
Any thoughts? Am I branding my child as the ‘kid with the kooky mom’?
Will he be ‘punished’ for my outspokenness? Should I send the letter to
his teacher or just make an appointment with the principle –or both. Or
should I just not send the pledge and not say anything? …help!