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Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Dr. Joel McDurmon


How to celebrate “Don’t send your child to school day”

A group opposing Common Core standards has taken a stand! They are promoting “Don’t send your child to school day” on November 18. They want your help: “help us send a message to the federal government.”

The group plans to show their opposition to Common Core by mass coordinated absence for one day of school. Assumedly, the children will return to school on November 19.

“Don’t send your child to school day” is, therefore, protesting socialism by acting 1/365th (0.0027) less of a socialist than normal.

Meanwhile, November 18 is chosen for this self-described “movement” “not only because this is the first day of American Education Week, but it is also Revolution Day!!”

What, never heard of “Revolution Day!!”? That’s because you’re not Mexican.

It is the Revolution in Mexico 1910–1920 that is celebrated this year on November 18. It was this Revolution that replaced a quasi-dictatorship with a socialist state. Out of this socialist Mexican “movement” came the Constitution of the United Mexican States which . . . wait for it . . . nationalized education. Read Article 3:

The education imparted by the Federal State shall be designed to develop harmoniously all the faculties of the human being and shall foster in him at the same time a love of country and a consciousness of international solidarity, in independence and justice. Said education must be . . . democratic, considering democracy not only as a legal structure and a political regimen, but as a system of life founded on a constant economic, social, and cultural betterment of the people;

It shall be national insofar as – without hostility or exclusiveness – it shall achieve the understanding of our problems, the utilization of our resources, the defense of our political independence, the assurance of our economic independence, and the continuity and growth of our culture; and it shall contribute to better human relationships, not only with the elements which it contributes toward strengthening and at the same time inculcating, together with respect for the dignity of the person and the integrity of the family, the conviction of the general interest of society, but also by the care which it devotes to the ideals of brotherhood and equality of rights of all men, avoiding privileges of race, creed, class, sex, or persons.

Private persons may engage in education of all kinds and grades. But as regards elementary, secondary, and normal education . . . they must previously obtain, in every case, the express authorization of the public power. Such authorization may be refused or revoked by decisions against which there can be no judicial proceedings or recourse.

“System of life” “education” by “the Federal State.” Heard of anything resembling this before? Common Core perhaps? “No judicial proceedings or recourse.” Hitler or Stalin would be proud.

Indeed, they were! Said Constitution went on to become the model for the Weimar Constitution of 1919 (easily usurped by Hitler), and the Soviet Constitution of 1918.

People get upset when I say that government schooling is socialism. But they have no argument against it. They spew, they sputter, they fume. But this will not change the fact that compulsory payment for state-owned and -operated compulsory services is socialism.

But when the program gets a little more logically consistent with its inherent nature, conservatives react in shock. “We want control!”

Yes, you want control, alright. Common Core aside, you still want to control other people’s money to fund your children’s, and other people’s, schooling programs. Problem is, so do the socialists who actually admit they’re socialists. And since your self-deceived policy empowers their socialism, they win. Common Core it shall be.

To practice socialism and then argue against it is to present oneself as clueless, publicly.

Now, I am not arguing that proponents of “Don’t send your child to school day” are openly proposing to adopt the Mexican Constitution or anything like that. I am just saying that the reference to it as a protest to nationalized schools is a fitting symbol of how clueless they are. Viva la Revolución!

If, instead, you really want control and responsibility for your child’s education, then advocate total privatization. Go ahead and celebrate “Don’t send your child to school day” on November 18. But do it again on November 19. Then, November 20, 21, and 365 days per year. Homeschool.

Do what the website’s ad says to do: “Empty the schools, have a family day instead!”

I agree. Let’s do this every day.

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About the Author

Dr. Joel McDurmon

Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. in Theology from Pretoria University, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored seven books and also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision's staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and four sons live in Dallas, Georgia.

13 Responses to How to celebrate “Don’t send your child to school day”

  1. K. Q. Duane says:

    Since we have public surveillance cameras spying on us good guys everywhere, why not put them in public school class rooms and let parents view the crap being “taught”. Socialism is only part of the problem. Humanism, paganism, hedonism, secularism and environmentalism are also being taught in place of Christianity’s God based priorities and standards of behavior and through this v
    deliberate omission, secular public education is successfully stealing our children from God. Google “Why has the American “melting pot”, Melted” for more.

  2. Janet Wilson says:

    Joel, please contact me!! I am the official hostess/organizer of the “NATIONAL DON’T SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL DAY… November 18, 2013″ and the content writer for!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS EVENT :-)

  3. Wendy says:

    Please consider giving Christian schools a mention as well as home schooling. A good Christian school is also an excellent alternative to government school. My second-grader is receiving an outstanding, rigorous, and completely faith-based education at a Christian school. The environment is Biblically based and the presence of the Holy Spirit and the spirit of Christlike grace and love are palpable when you walk in the door. My son’s teacher prays with and for him and his classmates. Our school’s elementary children are working about a grade and half ahead of our local public schools (as measured by standardized testing and comparison of curriculum) – and these public schools are supposed to be some of the better ones in the state.

  4. Alex Alexander says:

    Completely agree!

    … apart from with your use of the non-word “alright”.
    Look it up. If you can find it in a (proper) dictionary and reference it, I’ll donate ten bucks to AV!
    All right?
    Alex A
    UK (home of real English)

    • Alex Alexander says:

      make that $25.

      • Alex Alexander says:

        Doc Joel,
        If you don’t respond soon… I’ll make a donation anyway.
        That’ll teach you!
        Alex A

    • DrProTruth says:

      Haha! I thought the same thing when I read “alright” in this article! Interestingly, in our public schools up through the 1960s this was a contraction of types, but was later removed as such. Thus, many of those educated through our public schools in the earlier part of the twentieth century still use this contraction. Laying aside this apparent faux pas, what an enlightening article!

  5. DrewJ says:

    Honestly, I don’t think public schooling is any more “socialist” than the year of jubilee, which also theoretically helped give people a headstart, helped protect the middle class, etc., among other symbolic things.

    That said, I am starting to feel like it should be abolished. But I could just see an argument in favor for it. And I don’t think calling it “socialist” is real accurate. Thomas Jefferson promoted public schools, with the idea that the public could not govern itself if it was full of idiots.

    • Ducky says:

      - I wonder what kind of education Mr. Jefferson, himself, had.

      - Jubilee was about forgiveness (of trespasses and debts). There’s nothing but force from socialism.

      - It’s pretty accurate in the sense that it takes away money from 1 group then gives it to another. Except the 2nd group doesn’t receive the money first hand but receives it with a low quality service. A service that is meant to level the playing field of being educated for part of a community. As for where the money really goes, just as any socialist systems, it goes to the people at the top – man over man.

      • DrewJ says:

        I think the mosaic law is relatively clear that the courts were supposed to enforce the year of jubilee, so there was force involved in that, too. Obviously, there are differences. But my point is that if government “force” necessarily equates with “socialism” (which I think is kind of an absurd definition), then the Bible is socialist.

  6. Ducky says:

    For people who think that McDurmon is being harsh and unrealistic or that your kids will have opportunities to witness, please read the following. They’re playing you. It’s a long read, but I think your kids are worth it.

  7. Ducky says:

    I spent my last two years in a government high school. Their math curriculum was awful. It was written up by students (for real) from Berkeley (for real). A lot of the teaching had a problem that the student had to solve, but with no explanation from the book. It was totally based on group work. But, if the student was not a socialite or the teacher made no effort to assist, he/she would have a hard time learning, which happened quite often. I know I had to tooter adults who left school that wanted to complete their GED. Compared this to my private education. I could have learned math just by reading the book.

    They had students do this, most likely, because it was cheap or, if not, free. They treat your kids to the lowest bidder.

  8. TIA says:

    Amen. Christians need to get their children out of the anti-Christian, socialistic public school system now. Instead of trying to reform the public schools or make them more conservative, we need to ditch them altogether.

    Check out the documentary IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America

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