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What are they teaching our children?

Posted 9/17/21

To the editor:

The majority of the Harnett County School Board — Duncan (Eddie) Jaggers, Don Godfrey and Joey Powell — who voted to rescind Harnett County Schools’ mask …

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What are they teaching our children?

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To the editor:

The majority of the Harnett County School Board — Duncan (Eddie) Jaggers, Don Godfrey and Joey Powell — who voted to rescind Harnett County Schools’ mask requirement, did so against the recommendations of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the NC Pediatric Society.

As concerned parents, we are left with questions for our elected leadership — questions that remain unanswered after multiple communication attempts. What is the board’s primary concern, if not children’s safety?

What academics do they intend to value, if not science, statistics and civics?

What type of character education do they intend to model, as they govern by popular opinion or blind party loyalty? As Republicans, these board members would be wise to consider the fiscal and social impacts of their decision.

After the board’s decision, our daughter’s school reached out to families to ask if we need a school-provided device for internet access at home — undoubtedly to prepare for the inevitable reality of parents being forced to miss work and stay home with their children for days or weeks due to a lack of safeguards and mandatory quarantine rules — all while our public school system buys more wi-fi devices to send home with students. This is conservative leadership?

True conservatism is rooted in the belief that freedom is an inalienable right, given by God. The government requiring masks during a public health crisis is no more an infringement on our God-given freedoms than the government requiring that we all drive on the right side of the road. Our students should be taught that the government exists to ensure public order, health and safety.

They should be taught how to think academically, not politically. Sadly, we are left with more questions than answers about what Harnett County Schools is trying to teach our children.

Blair and Megan Hinkle
Coats

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