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sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., isn’t taking any chances as families re-prepare for the time their kids go back to school.
She wants all Tennessee residents—including all Americans—to know what’s going on in today’s schools and classrooms and how best to prepare for a successful school year.
In material shared exclusively with Fox News Digital, the Tennessee Republican describes a new guide she’s created for parents as kids soon return to class.
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“When students return to school this fall, they will encounter more than the usual list of challenges faced by children and teens,” she told Fox News Digital in an email.
“Moms and dads have to be ready for that,” she said.
She has collected “important tips on how to protect children” on things like “dangerous drugs, online predators and awakened curriculum”.
The senator told Fox News Digital, “While radical teacher unions are doing their best to push parents away, this guide gives moms and dads the tools they need to keep their kids close.”
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Her advice includes clear, actionable guidance for parents and carers.
Here’s the guidance from Sen. Blackburn for parents, in four different sections.
1. ‘Defending against dangerous drugs’
“Tennessee sheriffs are warning that because of the crisis on the southern border, 80% of the drugs they seize contain deadly fentanyl,” the senator noted.
“Worse, dealers purposely target children through apps like Snapchat and often hide drugs in dollar bills or in candy like gummy bears.”
In view of these facts, she advises parents the following.
“Warn your kids against eating food from unsealed containers or swapping snacks with strangers.”
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“Remind your kids to only add close friends to apps like Snapchat. Check their apps regularly to make sure no grown-up strangers have invaded your child’s life.”
“Make sure your kids understand that all drugs are dangerous drugs,” she also says.
2. ‘Beware of awake policy’
“Right now, teacher unions are pressuring educators to target students to join transgender after-school clubs and let sports teams succumb to the pressures of gender politics,” Senator Blackburn noted.
“These radicals,” she adds, “try to sneak their wake-up policies past their parents — but the Tennessee moms and dads aren’t giving them a pass this year!”
“Learn about the after-school activities your kids are involved in. Ask questions about what they’re learning and who they’re spending time with.”
“Ask coaches and school administrators what they are doing to protect sports for biological girls.”
“Go to parent meetings and find more ways to get involved in your child’s extracurricular activities.”
3. ‘Keep kids safe online’
“Predators are eager to use platforms like TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat to take advantage of children,” said Senator Blackburn.
“When kids start logging in to do homework, it’s important to start the conversation about technical safety.”
To that end, she recommends the following steps.
“Enable access to your child’s accounts and the strictest privacy settings available.”
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“Warn your kids about fake accounts created by predators posing as children.”
“Make sure you know what apps and services your kids are using and regularly check that their messages are safe and age-appropriate.”
4. ‘Prevent politically motivated curriculum’
“Critical Race Theory (CRT) influenced curriculum teaches students that America is an inherently racist country and divides them based on skin color,” the senator said.
“Teacher unions have relentlessly pressured schools, local leaders and even the White House to replace reading, writing and ‘rhythm’ with radical political indoctrination.”
She suggests that parents do the following:
“Go to parent-teacher conferences and talk to educators about the school curriculum.”
“Contact your local school boards, come to meetings and make your voice heard.
“Students should not be discriminated against on the basis of race under any circumstances.”
“Learn more about identifying CRT-influenced curriculum for all subjects.”
On the latter point, Senator Blackburn says she “believes in equality and opportunity for all.”
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She also said, “Students should not be discriminated against on the basis of race under any circumstances.”
Senator Blackburn, along with other legislative colleagues, introduced a resolution in June 2021 to condemn the use of Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools and teacher training colleges.
She joined Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., in introducing that resolution.
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Before that, in April 2021, she joined more than 30 Senate colleagues to voice her concerns about the Department of Education’s proposal to “provide federal funding to support the teaching of radical and divisive curricula such as Critical Race Theory.” .”
As for older children, Dr. Mary K. Alvord, director of Rockville, Maryland-based Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC — and a psychologist who specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults — told Fox News Digital that there are ways parents can help their students. help to understand ‘the bigger picture’.
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It’s important for parents to talk to their kids early on, Alvord said, before they head off to college — about the values they hold in a diverse world and how they can express themselves in new environments.
Nicole Pelletiere of Fox News Digital contributes to this article.