Parents across the area are standing up and making their voices heard and that is a wonderful thing. Every day we see examples of parents standing up for their children across the country; some have their microphones turned off, some get arrested, most are told they are being rude, called names like anti-masker, anti-vaxxer, racist, and worse.

Far too many elected officials from school boards to city councils to state and federal officials have forgotten their role in our system. They answer to the people. Yes, our system can get a bit messy at times, but it is the love for their children that gets parents involved. Passion and involvement in the issues regarding the education and treatment of their children are vital. That is what parents should do and need to do.

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Much of the focus recently has been on Critical Race Theory, and it should be, but concerns over curriculum and public education in general go far beyond CRT. Parents have the right to ask questions and demand answers. If CRT is defeated, the same concepts will simply be renamed and added to the curriculum. More important is to identify the root that CRT, common core, climate extremism, sex and gender curriculum grow from.

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Parents are also rightly concerned about the actions taken by school boards and administration in response to COVID-19. In an education setting parents input should always be allowed – even expected – to ask decision makers what, if anything, they have learned about COVID over the past 15 months.

The next school year will come fast and based on what we now know in-person, mask-free instruction is the right way to move forward. Parents should accept nothing less. With a normal education setting for children, we can start to address the learning deficiencies and mental health issues from the past 15 months.

Education freedom is the goal, but until more parents demanding accountability this is a very positive development.

In my last column I questioned the push to vaccinate children and just a few days after that column the CDC announced that the mRNA shots cause heart inflammation in some young people. The CDC called an “emergency” meeting to be held 10 days later on June 18, but that “emergency” meeting was postponed. That meeting is happening as I write this, stay tuned.

While the CDC continues to re-define the meaning of “emergency” and the experts continue the push to vaccinate healthy children and young adults, the World Health Organization announced earlier this week that “Children should not be vaccinated for the moment. There is not yet enough evidence on the use of vaccines against COVID-19 in children to make recommendations for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19.” Of course, WHO then slightly edited this guidance because of “science” I suppose.

Parents: do not be bullied into having your healthy children vaccinated. There is too much we do not yet know, do your own homework. Seek information, ask questions, and stand up for your children. Time for righteous defiance.

Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center, an "innovation over regulation" think tank. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.