Regarding the “Save Peninsula Schools” ad in the July 2021 issue, your “About that Ad” editorial and the reader comments in the August 2021 issue: First and foremost, I’m proud to see your editorial. As retired military, I believe deeply in our constitutional rights and the rights of people to express their opinions and political viewpoints. This includes the other readers’ responses, reflecting their freedom of speech and expression.
But to the core issue that raised the furor — the teaching of Critical Race Theory to children — it seems that mainstream parents want to know what is being taught (or what may be taught in the future) to their children. And parents decide what is age- and content-appropriate when they elect the school boards and government officials who serve us.
A candidate expressing where they stand on teaching certain theories gives us valuable information about them, negative or positive. And it’s important and wonderful that publications such as the Key Peninsula News allow them to inform us of their positions, instead of being censored as some platforms do.
Most parents expect children to be taught facts and how to evaluate information to develop their own sense of reason. Perhaps we can agree that what we were taught as children (reading, writing, arithmetic, science, geography, factual history, and civics), which allowed us to become who we are, is good for our kids as well.
Robert “Bob” Perry, Lakebay
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