Why I’m Not Joining The Keep Your Child From School Day Push


I’ve been emailed information about a protest being planned to speak out against federal education policy by keeping their child home and/or protesting at their state house/state department of education on October 17th.

I’ve also have had people tweet at me encouraging me to join in.

First, I sympathize with what US Parents Involved in Education is trying to do. I have no problem with groups protesting at their state department of education or state house. I’d suggest the state DOE would be more impactful as most state legislators are not in session right now.

I can’t get behind linking skipping school with this protest however.

I wrote about this in 2013 when a similar event was planned, and my opinion hasn’t really changed since then. Here’s a recap of some of my thoughts I shared back then (slightly edited for relevancy):

  • I appreciate the zeal those promoting this event have in fighting the Common Core State Standards.  We need people who are fired up to speak out against unprecedented centralization of education.
  • I want to affirm that parents absolutely have the right to take their children out of school for whatever reason.
  • I don’t think it’s a good idea to use our kids to fight Common Core in this manner.  I’m all for boycotting assessments where it is legal to do so, but this event could have unintended consequences.  We have the right to take our kids out of school for the day, but that doesn’t mean it is always wise to do so.
  • It doesn’t seem take into consideration the nuances of different state laws and/or school district policies concerning student attendance and truancy that could possibly have a negative impact on individual students.
  • It gives Common Core advocates another opportunity to label us as extreme.
  • It gives the perception that we are all anti-public school.

Anyway, if you wonder why we are not promoting it that’s why. Also, the steering committee members that governs Truth in American Education are in agreement that this isn’t an activity we’ll join, especially since we represent a variety of activists who have differing opinion about this type of protest.

So, if you are so inclined to protest at your state capitol or department of education on October 17 go for it. As far as keeping your child from school, we collectively are not supporting that, but you do what is in the best interest of your child and your family.

12 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Joining The Keep Your Child From School Day Push

    1. What is weaker?

      Hey if you are going to comment and are disappointed by what I wrote (I assume that is what you mean) then make your argument.

  1. What? ANTI-SCHOOL? Dont use your kids?


    Truth in America education apparently is ANTI-SCHOOL

    1. Ugh, come on. No I am not anti-school and neither is TAE.

      I don’t disagree with you regarding the Feds.

  2. IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN??? Going on Five years in 2017 asking children to do the dirty work for adults besides being subjected to developmentally inappropriate indoctrination. How are the Children doing, asked one Superintendent fighting against Fed Ed. This is sickening that you won’t support this movement, if we all don’t stand together all at once this could go on forever. I suggest in April 2017 to not only refuse the test but keep your child home the whole week, that gives you plenty of time to figure it out.

    1. Darlene you are entitled to your opinion. I thought this was an event, not a movement. I am supportive of USPIE. I am also supportive of protesting.

      Parents can obviously decide what they would like to do, like you I was expressing my opinion.

  3. There is no better way to get the attention of any school district than to have an empty school! If you want immediate change, make it 2 days! They will drop their stance and perk up their ears to resolve the problem…guaranteed!

    1. I agree it will get their attention if there was an empty school, but what kind of response will that attention get you?

      That’s the million dollar question.

  4. Thank you for your article. This is exactly how I personally feel –and I am the leader of Opt Out AZ. The goal of bringing back local control of our schools and eliminating high stakes tests that parents cannot see can only be achieved if we put forward our best selves and GET INVOLVED. A protest day will make us all look crazy and anti-public school. However, getting your friends and family to attend their local school board meetings and calling legislators to support policies and legislation that are pro-parental rights and for restoring local control is the best way to make serious changes. Our AZ Mommy Lobby has spent thousands of hours doing just this on the behalf of Arizona parents. We are very close to making these changes in our state, but need more parents to speak up & SQUEAK. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease! SQUEAK to your governor! SQUEAK to your state legislators! And SQUEAK to your school board! We need more parents squeaking to give these politicians the backbone they need to stand up against corporate lobbyists and the federal government. If we can bolster them up locally and give them courage, then the true protest will happen when these local officials tell the federal government to shove it.

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