HomeNews WireLiberal Teacher Says Teachers Should Make Decisions for Their Kids, Not Parents Editor November 21, 2019 A Texas public school teacher recently shared on social media that he believes teachers – not parents – should have the final say in making decisions for children. I'm not referring to educational decisions. Anthony Lane, the teacher who stirred the pot, said raising a child is the community's job and parents shouldn't have the final say for their own children. No sir! What would possibly give a stranger the right to make decisions for someone they don't even know? And to anticipate a counter-argument, sure a teacher may get to know a child through the course of a year, but not on a personal level. No teacher gets to know 30 students on a personal level the way a parent does. According to what standard is a teacher that doesn't know my child better at determining what is best for them? And let me throw a wrench into the gears, what if that public school teacher is a conservative Christian who disagrees with the views held by Anthony Lane? Then does the majority rule? Well, what if the majority of parents feel that teachers don't get a say in decision making? Will they accept that? See it just becomes such a slippery slope. The post that Lane shared on his Facebook page read, "I am both a parent and a teacher, so I have what may be a strange view when it comes to "parental rights" and education being viewed as a customer service industry. Our society is very sensitive when it comes to criticizing parents, and teachers are often afraid of parents because they are given o much authority. I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community, and that parents should not have the final say. Let's be honest, some of you don't know what is best for your kids. I have learned a ton about what is best for Ethan from his teachers, not the other way around. Parents believe they should be able to storm the school in the name of political and religious beliefs if something happens in the school that they are morally opposed to. They forget that we make a promise to prepare their children to live in a diverse world. We are not required to protect the misguided, bigoted views of their parents. If you want your children educated with your values, find a private school that will do it. The public education system is not here to serve your archaic beliefs." This is a key reason why Christian conservatives should remove their children from the public school system. Public schools DO NOT agree with your conservative values and they will 100% teach them the opposite. It's already happening across the country. And you think that you're just going to "undo" what they're being told day in and day out for 8 hours a day with you seeing them for half that amount of time?