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Father, I pray you to help our parents expose the false religion of humanism for the lie that it is. I ask you to fill school libraries with books written by authors who have a commission from You to write books that promote righteousness and reveal You as the light of the world.

Often parents reel in shock when they discover the schoolteachers, librarians, administrators, and school board members they trusted to determine age-appropriate reading material for their children have failed in their jobs. Once they realized the issue, thousands of these parents began to stand in the gap for the students and challenge the system that brought anti-god books and media that embrace transgenderism, sexuality, and racism into public schools. Thank God for parents, not adverse to hard work, who persevere to make a difference for our students and nation.

If you have any doubts about what is involved, ask Janice Danforth, who lives in Bixby, OK, a quiet suburb of Tulsa. Last year, Janice met opposition when addressing a problem with her son’s 9th-grade left-leaning history curriculum. After addressing her concerns, the administration’s answer was to remove her son from the honors history class.

Not one to back down from a challenge, Janice joined Moms for Liberty and decided to look at the school library to find any inappropriate books within reach of young students. Two books stood out to her: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Thirteen Reasons Why. Both books contain explicit sexual content. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl contained over 200 uses of the “F” word and the “S” word. Janice again followed protocol and spoke to the principal, who passed the issue on and suggested a committee review the books. Janice agreed but was shocked when she wasn’t involved in the selection process and, worse yet, realized the people on the committee either worked for the school or held liberal biases. She wasn’t surprised at their decision for the books to remain on the library shelves.

Janice then appealed to the school board. After waiting 60 days for the board members to read the two young adult books and enduring a grueling one-and-one-half-hour board meeting, the majority vote of the board allowed the books to remain.

Janice’s experience shows the difficulty faced when holding school administrators and librarians accountable to protect students from damaging and inappropriate reading material not suitable for their age group. Bixby is a small school district in a conservative community and state. If it’s a problem here, it’s likely in every school library.

On the offensive, school administrators and school boards cite the First Amendment as their justification for allowing all material available to all students. They refer to a 1982 Supreme Court case, Board of Education v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853. The case dealt with questionable books in the school’s curriculum that parents considered objectional due to graphic content. The Supreme Court split on the issue; four ruled removing books was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, four ruled the contrary. The outcome remained unclear, with both sides of the issue using the case to prove their point.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) could help deal with a local school administration and its school board. PPRA requires a local educational agency or local school board that receives federal funds to consult with parents to develop and adopt policies regarding the parents’ right to review their children’s curriculum. The PPRA does not prohibit forming committees to allow parents to provide their input about the curriculum or which materials are age-appropriate for inclusion in the school’s library. As long as the local school board’s decisions are not motivated by the disapproval of the ideas or perspectives discussed in the books or library materials, local school boards have discretion over which materials to offer in a school’s library.

Behind the scenes in the hotly contested debate is the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). They wield tremendous power in selecting books for public school libraries. Both organizations are progressive. AASL encourages school librarians to become “change agents because, as a member, you are a part of a diverse and engaged community of educators transforming teaching and learning.” AASL also encourages schools to make LBGTQ books available for the “most vulnerable,” a term for the student looking for something to read that will reaffirm a decision to become transgender. The AASL website emphasizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and information on how to be politically active. An educator may connect with their Office of Intellectual Freedom, where outside activity on book banning is monitored, and assistance is offered should an educator experience issues with parent “book banners.”

With no compunction about sexualizing children or destroying their innocence, the ALA openly expresses their gratitude for authors who continue to write “these stories during this time when so many books are being challenged and banned.” Since 2007, the ALA has published a book list of their top ten titles for LBGTQ young readers and young adults. The 2022 Rainbow Book List published in February includes the ALA’s latest book offerings and a content synopsis.

The ALA and the AASL are powerful and well-financed with taxpayer money. The ALA requested $256 million to fund two of their most popular programs, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). IAL funds go toward age-appropriate books and parental engagement programs. This amount does not include state and local grants and appropriations for public school libraries.

Our priority is to pray for those like Janice. They place themselves on the front line of opposition to placing books that encourage sexualization, violence, and hate before the child reaches an appropriate age to discern the good and bad of the book’s content. Below are ideas that have emerged to help parents take a stand:

  • Pay attention to local school board elections. They usually occur during the school year and off the grid of significant elections. Low voter turnout is a problem, but somehow the National Education Association (NEA) manages to rally school employees to vote in their favor.
  • Get a bill passed in your state legislature like the proposed Florida bill that would require elementary schools to publish on their websites “in a searchable formatall books and materials used in their classrooms. The public would be able to weigh in on the materials.
  • Insist on the enforcement of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).
  • The Tennessee state legislature recently proposed a bill that “prohibits local education agencies for public schools from making obscene materials or materials harmful to minors available to students in the public school libraries.”
  • Work to have the Bible put in your local school libraries! Check out bibleinschools.org to find out more.

No matter how daunting this situation may look, great ideas for a resolution have surfaced. So now is our time to pray.

Share your prayers for our schools in the comments.

About the Author: Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. Safety Zone: Scriptural Prayers to Revolutionize Your School, and Decrees for Your School. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the U.S. For additional information, go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com. Photo Credit: Redd on Unsplash

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karen ford
March 10, 2022

Thank you for this important information, Nancy!
Also, thank you for helping pray together in agreement for the right things.
As always, your writing clarifies the issues for us.

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Julie
March 10, 2022

Just FYI: tried a couple of times to share this on Facebook, but it never “took.”

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Julie Jones
March 10, 2022

We had this issue when our sons were in middle school…in a Christian school! The middle school director was the principal’s wife, and allowed these books because they had won awards. We tried appealing to her, to remove them, but she would not. My husband took one of the books to a school board meeting and proceeded to read aloud one of the offensive parts. The school board was shocked and sickened, and the books were removed.

That was 20 years ago, in a Christian school.

I would encourage parents today to do the same thing my husband did. Take offensive book to a school board meeting and use your allotted 3 minutes to read aloud one of the most offensive parts. If you are lucky, maybe your school board televised their meetings, so a greater number of parents can hear exactly what the problem is. Shine a light on the garbage that your tax dollars are paying for.

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Carol
March 10, 2022

We live in a society where some people believe pre-school and kindergarten children, as well as every age child should have a right to change their sex by merely playing with the opposite sex’s toys and saying so. We live in a world where many adults including educators believe it is ok for adults to have sex with children from birth on up. I am a retired teacher and when my sons were in middle school I pulled them out of the public school district I worked for and homeschooled them using Christian Liberty Academy’s homeschool curriculum.
Some of our public school employees have total disdain for anything Christian. Curriculum is skewed towards left-leaning propaganda and lessons are dumbing down our children. I join in helping to bring our schools back to educating with quality teaching, however until they get there, I WOULD NOT
TRUST MY CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Start your own schools or put your children in private schools! The theory of CRT began being brought into schools about 2018. We did not know what it was then. So called equity counselors began speaking at teacher in-service meetings. I’m black and thought they were mislead because they were talking about race relations as though it was 1964 and so I tuned them out! Now I wish I had paid better attention. The only way to change public schools is to pull your children out en-mass! Work on changes to public education AFTER your children are safely in private, Christian, or home-school organizations. FATHER GOD please protect our children and direct parents where YOU would have their children to be educated, just like YOU told me to pull my children out and teach them in JESUS NAME! Amen!

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Barbara Janicki
March 10, 2022

As someone who grew up loving to read and had so many wonderful children’s books read to me as a child – I find this so sad, disturbing and alarming that what was once a pleasurable pastime for children (reading – but that was before computers and cell phones took up all our free time) is now a dangerous threat to our children’s well-being, – filling their minds with everything that is the opposite of God’s truth. Prayers for courageous parents who try to right this wrong situation and protect not only their children but all children from the harm such books do at young ages. To this end, I have began writing books for young children, three are currently on Amazon Books. titles “Looking for Christmas”, “The Jacket Story” and “Did God Really Say?” all by author Grace Day, (my pen name) hopefully, every little thing each of us can do will help protect our children by filling them with God’s truth. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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    Julie
    March 10, 2022

    Barbara, I just looked at your titles on Amazon. They look lovely, and with wonderful messages.

    Can I ask, what ages are each book for?

      Barbara Janicki
      March 11, 2022

      yes, thank you! they are appropriate for ages one through nine, they make good read alouds for younger children who can’t yet read. thank you so much – hope they enjoy them – they are full of God’s truth, (scripture)

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        Julie
        March 12, 2022

        Thank you, Barbara! I have a nine year-old in mind, so this is perfect!

        Thank you again and God bless!

Pat
March 10, 2022

God Bless you all for the much needed prayers. God Bless

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Linda Dickman
March 10, 2022

Father, Almighty God, turn the hearts of administrators, school boards, teachers, community members toward you. When books are chosen for personal reading, let parents read with their children, discussing controversial subject calmly, rather than burning a book. Let the librarians be consulted, invited, respected when it comes to book selection and the selection policy for districts. Give them balance, wisdom, and most importantly love.

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Morbious
March 10, 2022

The teachers didnt fail. They’ve succeeded spectacularly at poisoning young minds. They’re doing what they think is right. Christian activist moms can try pushback but the fact remains that public schools are infested to the gills with leftist humanists. Get one or two books banned and a dozen others more wicked will take their place. Meanwhile the kids are still being poisoned. The near term solution is to get kids out of public schools pronto. Christian schools or home schooling is the ticket.

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