Marybeth Hicks

In New York City, an organization called the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition is gathering petition signatures in favor of abstinence-centered sex education rather than the graphic and offensive comprehensive sexuality program launched in the fall. While the coalition says it shares the programmatic goals of reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, parents want the emphasis on abstinence and not the program’s Planned Parenthood-approved agenda.

The language of the parents’ petition reveals just how radical they are: “We, and many other parents, would prefer an alternative program which focuses on abstinence as the healthiest choice and encourages children to wait at least until they are adults before becoming sexually active. We will be opting our children out of all sex education classes until an alternative evidence-based program in line with common sense and our personal beliefs is allowed under the mandate.”

And in Tampa, Fla., civic groups are organizing to demand that Hillsborough County Schools deny CAIR — the Council on American Islamic Relations — or other groups with ties to terrorism access to children through classroom presentations. Though CAIR is a federally designated Hamas entity, apparently that doesn’t keep it from offering presentations to schoolchildren under the banner of multiculturalism and diversity.

As it happens, this is National School Choice Week in America, and parents are speaking out for alternatives to the public education system that restore common sense and educational excellence in their children’s classrooms.

This is one time when parents rightly ought to raise their voices and make themselves heard.

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).