Illinois Lawmakers Want Your Children
 
Illinois Lawmakers Want Your Children
Written By David E. Smith   |   03.19.19

Back in 2012-2013, Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Chicago) introduced legislation to lower the mandatory age for school attendance in Illinois from 7 to 5 years-of-age.  Springfield lawmakers eventually compromised, passing a bill to make mandatory school age at age six.

This year, Illinois Senator Lightford is taking another shot at lowering the school age to five with SB 2075.  In other words, she believes the state knows best about how early our children should be subjected to formal education, or in many cases, the indoctrination process. There is absolutely no reason for the government to usurp our God-given authority as parents to direct the upbringing of our children by turning them over to the state at an even younger, more impressionable, age.

The last thing parents need in Illinois is more government control and influence in their lives and this is especially true for our young and impressionable children.  We all need to wake up and realize the level of indoctrination already occurring in our public schools, including the promotion of man-made global warming, Darwinism, LGBTQ+ affirmation and the elimination of genders, population control, feminism, reproductive ‘choice’ and other social and political issues.

Veteran and prize winning public school educator John Taylor Gatto asks, “Do we really need school?  I don’t mean education, just forced schooling:  six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years.  Is this deadly routine necessary?”  Gatto goes on to list Americans who were spared the public school routine and nevertheless managed to achieve some modest success in life:  George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  He concludes they were, “Unschooled, perhaps, but not uneducated.”

The truth may be that public schools aren’t about education at all.

The decision of when to start children in public schools, which increasingly serves the political ends of liberals, rests with parents, not school administrators or lawmakers.

IFI is working with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) in defense of parental rights and in opposition to this proposal.

Take ACTION:  Click HERE to email or fax your state senator to ask him/her to vote against SB 2075 and the expanding role of government in the lives of Illinois families.  Click HERE for his/her contact information to make a call or, better yet, to visit him/her.

Read more: Invasive International Survey Targeting Pre-K Students Is Coming to U.S.


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David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 25 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. David has 20-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens...
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