(Closed) Politicizing Children

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

That would piss me off….using 3 or 4 year olds as a prop for their political posturing.  Ugh. 

I would definitely talk to the teacher and/or administrator who posted that photo and make it clear that 1) you don’t want your kid used as a prop for their political purposes in the future, and 2) they take down the photo.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yet another reason why social media fucking sucks…

i would speak to the administrator/owner right away, tell them this is not ok and that they need to take the photo down. Their job is to watch the kids, not worry about posting invasive pictures of them attached to political messages. That is fucking bullshit and I would flip.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

CherryA :  I don’t have kids. The part about “politicizing” doesn’t bother me as much as the facebook posts with photos of the kids. I’m a very private person in terms of social media and I’d be pissed that my kid’s school posted photos of my kid to their facebook for any reason whatsoever without my permission. Maybe you could frame your complaint around that.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Yeah, this would enrage me. I would definitely talk privately to the teacher rather than engaging in what is destined to be a shit show on Facebook. I don’t think I’d yank my kid out of the preschool mid-year over this if everything else is going ok at the school, but depending on how they address this with you I’d certainly be considering different options for next year.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I would be pissed. I would definitely speak up about the indoctrination of my kids. And that they are completely missing the point of why people are choosing to remain seated/kneeling. And that preschool is the last place for political statements to be made, regardless of where you stand on the debacle. I’m getting more mad as I type, hah. Definitely say something. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

CherryA :  theres no way in hell I could stay silent about this, and I don’t think you should. I know it’s tough to find programs but I would be very concerned about what they say when you can’t hear them if they feel like that was okay.

I would also tell her that people, including school children, have the right to free speech, and she should know that, as well as knowing that the first amendment compels the right to protest peacefully, it is patriotic to allow and do. 

Silencing it is problematic and indicative of authoritarian leanings. She should know better. That is actually the opposite of the very freedoms our flag represents, so I have no clue what she thinks she’s defending but it’s not freedom or the United States. 

ETA:  http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/opinion_columns/school-children-not-only-have-free-speech-rights-they-get/article_620d958c-9bd5-11e2-8c2e-001a4bcf6878.html

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

kristin36890 :  I think you’re missing the point. It’s not about posting pictures of kids on social media in general (that is a valid issue though but just not relating to this post). It’s about this school using pictures of children to push certain political agendas. 

OP, I’d be furious if I was in your shoes too.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

CherryA :  I guess my feelings are different. Photos posted of my kids in general would piss me off and I wouldn’t sign the waiver to begin with.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d be fuming! I’d talk to the schools social media person, demand it be taken down and a public apology was issued. 

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

The other thing about this is that it would make me REALLY CONCERNED about what kind of political agenda BS they are telling the kids in general.  (Assuming you disagree with the general sentiment behind the post.)  I would be really upset if I thought my (imaginary) preschool was telling my (hypothetical) kid that “All good people stand up to say the Pledge of Allegiance!” or “Standing up in front of the flag shows respect for the country!” or something like that. Or who knows what else, on any number of issues.

If they have poor enough judgement to use your kid as a prop for their political statements, I wonder what else they’re doing to those impressionable little minds  :/

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

kristin36890 :  That’s not the issue here though. You can take the idea that it is YOUR child out of it. This is about using children to push political agendas. And that this is being done at a SCHOOL where children are supposed to be learning…makes it even worse! 

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