Recently, I was asked by my alma mater, Regent University, to provide guidance for parents as they navigate their child’s academic journey. Here is what I shared, as originally published in IMPACT: A Quarterly Publication of Regent University:

  • Be proactive: You are your child’s first educator, so embrace that role and take action to protect your parental rights.
  • Get informed of classroom content: Request curriculum guides and learn what steps you can take to opt your child out of unacceptable subject matter and activities.
  • Ask questions: Take time to cultivate relationships with teachers, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
  • Volunteer: Get involved at your child’s school. This is a great way to gain further insight into their learning environment.
  • Connect with other parents: Take time to talk with other parents. Share what you see and hear.
  • Advocate for your child: Speak up, take a stand, and change schools when needed. (Don’t wait!)
  • Research educational options: A growing number of states offer school choice options beyond your assigned district public school. Get familiar with your choices and make changes if needed.
  • Know you have what it takes to homeschool: Resources abound to help parents homeschool their children.

As parents, it is your responsibility to protect the heart and mind of your child. You are ultimately responsible for your son’s or daughter’s education. Choose wisely, stay informed, and be involved. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.