Marybeth Hicks

Just how frustrated are American parents with the leftist Kool Aid being passed off as curriculum in our nation’s public schools?

It’s come to this: Last week, the New Hampshire legislature overturned a gubernatorial veto of a bill that will allow parents to object to material being taught in school and further empowers them to find and pay for suitable, educationally acceptable alternatives to the curricula being foisted on their children.

New Hampshire’s H.B. 542 is unusual for several reasons, not the least of which is its concision. The law itself is only 198 words, and that includes the heading, “In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven.”

It also carries a fiscal impact of zero. I said it was unusual.

What makes it most extraordinary, though, is that it gives greater, not less, authority to parents of school children. Suffice to say, this has not been the trend for quite some time.

Despite its brevity, H.B. 542 packs a punch for parents. Here’s what it says (since paraphrasing it would use more words than simply quoting):

“Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. Such policy shall include a provision requiring the parent or legal guardian to notify the school principal or designee in writing of the specific material to which they object and a provision requiring an alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area.”

To protect the privacy of students, the law also requires that the names of parents or guardians seeking this option be kept confidential.

Not surprisingly, leftists have pounced on the “first-term Tea Party” majority in the New Hampshire legislature by calling them, and the parents whose rights they seek to protect, idiots, because … well, because that’s the go-to conclusion when anyone dares to question the wisdom or motives of public educators.

In his objections to the bill, Democratic Gov. John Lynch also fed the liberal condescension that parents would use this law to undermine the teaching of subjects such as reading and algebra.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).