Public trust in government is at an all-time low. Confidence in agencies like the CDC is exponentially eroding with good reason. Consider a recent vote by a CDC advisory board recommending that COVID-19 vaccines be required to attend K-12 public and private schools. The final decision is pending but it’s a sure sign of big government interfering with parental rights, particularly considering the fact that the vaccine has not yet received full approval from the FDA and we are still learning about its side effects and long-term consequences.
If the CDC does adopt the board’s recommendation to add the jab to the immunization schedule to attend school, there is hope in the states, which are not legally bound to implement the agency’s recommendations. But parents must take the reins to ensure states promulgate rules that are in the best interest of children and not just continue to rubber-stamp CDC recommendations. As time goes by, more and more facts and data about COVID-19 vaccines are being publicly disclosed and concerns related to grave risks to children (especially young boys) for myocarditis and other serious side effects have heightened.
As Americans, and especially as parents, we must take on the role of a responsible fact-finder ourselves. We owe it to our children and the future of our country to not sit idly by while bureaucrats and contractors design and implement rules and policies that undermine educational and societal progress without justification.
Our society and youth have been through enough over the duration of the so-called pandemic. Recently, America’s national report card was released and the results are shocking and dismal. In fact, based on 2022 testing of students in grades 4 and 8, only 36% of fourth graders and 26% of eighth graders are proficient in math. In reading, the scores are just as bad – only 33% of fourth graders and 31% of eighth graders are proficient.
To introduce an additional barrier to learning by way of requiring school-aged children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school leads us down the wrong path. Parents have the fundamental right to rear their children as they choose and be the final decision-makers for their child’s education and medical care.