California Schools Turn Away Students Not Vaccinated
With all of the talk during the Republican debates about vaccines and if they should be forced onto children and also their parents who may not believe in it, this article (which is linked above via Breitbart) stood out to me like a sore thumb. There are parents that choose not to vaccinate their children for one reason or another, and that is their choice to do so if they wish. While schools in California have turned away students because they did not get the required vaccine (which was for whooping cough) the state also says that parents can fill out a form to have their children opt out of the vaccination. The question here is not if the vaccine is bad or if it is being forced on the population of students, but what the parents are doing, or not doing, to educate themselves and make the right call.
There will always be the parents out there who believe everything the state and the schools tell them, and they would send their kid in to get a shot of heroin if the school said it would stave off diseases. The problem is with the other parents who have not decided one way or another if they want their child to have this vaccine or if they do not want to them to have it. The parents must be allowed, which they are in this case, to make the final choice when it comes to their children. The state has said children should have this shot before entering middle-school because of the rise in cases of whooping cough over the past few years. If the parent feels that their child will not fall to this illness, then do not get the vaccination. On the other hand, if the parent feels it is in the best interest of the child to get it, then the child should get the vaccination. It is time for the parents to step up and take control, but that is not all they should be doing in this case.
Since when did the populace of this nation feel that it was fine to allow legislatures to tell children and families what they should be doing? I have a hard time believing that parents could not and do not have these discussions with their family doctor about which vaccines the child should or should not have. To believe the state has to do anything in this case is only giving credence to the belief that we need government to tell us what to do or it will never get done. On the contrary! The people of this nation know about vaccines and the doctors would bring it up for discussion regardless of the state telling parents they should vaccinate their child. If we are going to fight for less government control of our lives, we also have to fight it in this arena as well.
I am a firm believer that the drug companies and those who research long and hard to make these vaccines do not want to kill people. There is a long-standing argument that no one should take any medicine or have any vaccine because the drug companies just want to get you hooked and all the medicine, at some point, will take such a tremendous toll on your body it will kill you 30 years early. I have friends that work in research and development, trying to find the next age in medicine that will keep us alive even longer, and I can promise you that these individuals do it because they believe it will help people down the road. Will it help everyone? No, it will not and that it is wise to research drugs for yourself so you are educated. Ask questions when you go to the doctor and get the right answers. This is not a case of never taking medicine because it will kill you, this is a case of the people being more prepared so they do not have to depend on the government as much as they do today. Just because the government of a state or elsewhere tells you that you need something does not necessarily mean that you actually do.
The fight the parents should be taking to the states and to the schools is not the fact that they want the kids vaccinated but that the state would take time to order children TO be vaccinated. We can argue all day long about vaccines and what they can and cannot do, but the fact of the matter is that is a personal issue and always has been in my mind. It is something a family should decide on their own. What should not be decided by the government is what medicines should and should not be taken, and if the parents wanted to make a stand they could choose that issue to take to their representatives and make them answer questions about why they believe it is the state’s role to order children to be vaccinated with any kind of drug. It is time for the parents to take a serious role in their children’s lives if they really do care about their future. This goes far beyond what kind of drugs the state wants the child to take, but also what is being taught in the schools and what the children could be hearing from their teachers. If the parents are only worried about the vaccines and not the curriculum, that plays right in to not only the state’s hands but the unions that are prominent in many of the districts around this nation.
I take curriculum very seriously and believe it is the biggest mistake of the parents out there to not get more involved with it. The parents need to have a voice when it comes to what their children are learning, and this nation can never rise from the ashes of an inadequate educational system without parents who really feel they have a stake in their child’s education. If we raise children to be as their parent’s are today, then we will have a nation of student’s in the next generation that will never be able to match up against the world’s best. This should scare us as much as anything else that we talk about seriously in this nation.
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