Kids all over the county head back to school. At orientations, joining the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is part of the mix. When my oldest went to Kindergarten, I hopped in with both feet and signed up. This was prior to finding out how the PTA had backed Common Core, mind you. I stuck around for a second year while my kid was in First grade, even after it became apparent this was ‘not my mom’s PTA’. This article might sound familiar to some of you reading it out there.
Let me be clear, I am not knocking some of what the PTA does. The PTA at our local school does a lot of great things throughout the year. The women running it are hard-working, motivated and love our school. That is not a flaw in the PTA, that is a bonus. Having said that I return to my previous comment about this is ‘not my mom’s PTA’.
I can remember my mom taking me along to a few PTA meetings when I was in grade school. Curriculum was discussed, class schedules, class size, materials — you name it, they talked about it with representative’s teachers from every grade level and the school administration. Now the PTA seems to be a function of fundraising and school social events; some are educational like book fairs and science fairs however. There is no meeting with staff about school-wide concerns like in the PTA of my mom’s day.
This year I have left the PTA board at our school. I am not renewing my membership. I will be volunteering my time and money at specific events, but the NC PTA will not get a dime from me. Neither will the Pro-Common Core, Anti-2nd Amendment and big government loving National PTA. In my opinion, the National PTA represents an unelected body of a select few individuals that are unaccountable to taxpaying voters and claim to be “advocating” for our children, but in reality are no different from the CCSSO or NGA who brought us Common Core.