Tennessee’s Rutherford County Schools is under fire after officials sent a letter to parents asking them to sign a waiver promising not to eavesdrop during online lessons.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s so hypocritical because they’ve been data mining our children for years, compliments of common core,” Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” Saturday, referring to the Common Core national education standards.
“What are they trying to hide? What is the problem? Why won’t they let us sit in?” questioned Cardoza-Moore, a homeschooling mother of five.
“Obviously, because they are teaching our children propaganda that they should not be teaching,” she said. “They are trying to socialize our children.”
District officials relented after a fierce public backlash and will now allow parents to watch lessons, as long as they’re not recorded.
Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans told Fox News the intent of the waiver was to protect the privacy of students, though Cardoza-Moore and others aren’t buying it.
“We are aware of the concern that has been raised about this distance-learning letter that was sent to parents,” Evans said. “We have issued new guidance to principals that parents can assist their children during virtual group lessons with permission of the instructor but should refrain from sharing or recordings any information about other students in the classroom.”
Evans clarified the reason behind the waivers for WSMV.
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“The intent was never to prevent parents from being involved with their children during distance learning, but it was intended to protect the academic privacy of other students in the classroom who are visible during certain virtual class sessions,” Evans said, adding that district officials “absolutely believe that parent involvement is key to successful schools and students.”
“We also are not attempting to hide what is being taught in the classroom. Our schools use the academic standards adopted by the Tennessee Department of Education, and the curriculum materials our teachers use are readily available and shared with parents,” Evans said.
The district “issued new guidance to principals that parents can assist their children during virtual group lessons with permission of the instructor but should refrain from sharing or recording any information about other students in the classroom,” he said.
Cardoza-Moore contends there’s likely other reasons why teachers would prefer parents tune out, and it has nothing to do with student privacy.
“Cardoza-Moore said this is because teachers are pushing ‘social justice’ instead of reading, writing and math, and they don’t want to be held accountable to the parents,” Fox News reports.
“We have had a major problem in education, not just here in Tennessee, but across the country where they are indoctrinating our children with propaganda,” Cardoza-Moore said.