Our Greatest Challenge

| Opinion | January 16, 2020

We are now facing the greatest challenge of our time. If we cannot effectively solve that challenge we will have no hope to solve all the other issues of the day such as climate change, health delivery, energy, hunger, financial security or decide if our purpose is to serve government or for the government to serve us.

The greatest challenge is our failing public education system. It is evidenced by unacceptable K-12 test scores. The focus on academics has been replaced by social engineering that advocates far left philosophy. Schools are becoming places of indoctrination and not education.

Our successful charter schools are under assault by our State Legislature and California Department of Education as a result of extreme lobbying by the Teacher Unions. Private, Religious and Home Schooling will be next.

Frankly what is happening in public education is shocking. Under the guise of public health, our children are being exposed to explicit SeXXX education. Many of the states approved textbooks advocates unsafe practices usually reserved for people with alternate lifestyles. The good news is that there are good and dedicated people all over the state that are putting on programs and spreading the word about the inappropriate practices our children are being exposed to.

I just attended an event put on by two real heroes in the campaign to stop the immoral practices that are now being taught in our public schools at the direction of our legislators. The presentation was made at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills California. Gina Gleason Executive Director of “Faith and Public Policy” exposed the disgusting California State approved sex-ed curriculum and textbooks currently being used by our Public School Districts. The parents and grandparents in the packed house were appalled, disgusted and in search for answers.


Next up to the lectern was Executive Director of the Capitol Resource Institute, Karen England. She explained the Opt-Out program they have been promoting together and on their organization’s websites. Forms are available on their websites that parents can fill out and present to their children’s school’s principle requesting that their children be removed from the offending classes.

The efforts and organization of these two exceptional advocates, Gina Gleason and Karen England are both impressive and effective. The problem is that there are still too few parents who understand what their children are being exposed to in our public schools. I suggest you check out their websites, www.faithandpublicpolicy.org/ and https://capitolresource.org/.

The unedited video from the presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4RzzGFXKUI. You owe it to yourself to be informed.
The speakers graciously allowed another organization which is near and dear to my heart to be present at their remarkable event, California School Choice. We are an advocacy group promoting a state initiative that will allow parents using State funds to take their K-12 children out of their current indoctrinating school and enroll them in the public, charter, private or religious school of their choice that better reflects their values and their children’s academic requirements. The free market will ensure higher performance and lower costs.

On Saturday, January 25th in support of National School Choice Week, we will be hosting an informative event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208. Program begins at 10 AM in the community room. Guest speakers will include Rebecca Friedrichs author of “Standing up to Goliath,” Gina Gleason, Vicki Alger of the Independent Institute, Larry Sand of the Teacher’s Empowerment Network and Michael Alexander President of California School Choice. You can register at www.CaliforniaSchoolChoice.org/nscw or you may call (626) 792-1772.

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About Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at smith4liberty@outlook.com

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