Massachusetts Family Institute believes strongly that parents are the primary and most important educators in a child’s life. A mom and dad have the unique ability to shape their child’s character and worldview, but they face many challenges and choices today. Today’s public education is quite different than just one generation ago, with humanistic professors and some teachers’ unions attempting to replace parents as the primary instructors.

It is critically important that parents take an active role in their child’s education. Action should begin by making the decision between public, private or home schooling, and then continue by attending school committee meetings, meeting with teachers to discuss lesson plans and simply by maintaining a dialogue with your child about what they are learning or hearing in school.

Unfortunately, our public schools here have become a primary battleground in the culture war, with sex-obsessed activists using them to indoctrinate students with shocking and unhealthy agendas. Their efforts seek to normalize all manor of sexual expression and behaviors in the next generation by spreading dangerous and misleading messages about abortion, homosexuality, bisexuality and gender-identity issues. This information, layered with values many parents oppose, was once confined to so-called health classes but increasingly is disseminated through history, English and science lessons as well.

At a policy level, MFI supports the restoration of decision-making authority over school policy and finance to parents, locally elected school committees and taxpayers. While the current parental notification law provides some level of protection for parents by allowing parents to opt their children out from lectures or lessons dealing “primarily” with human sexuality, there is much room for improvement. MFI supports replacing the current ‘opt-out’ law with an ‘opt-in’ law that would require schools to have parents opt their children into any class, assembly or other event in which human sexuality would be discussed.