The Rachel Report
Monday, April 4th, 2022
There are big things happening this week! Our volunteers are heading into the community with our Precinct Committeemen (PC’s) to door knock and our first mailers are going out!
We have had some great meet and greets and events in the community this past week and I continue to be amazed and encouraged by the “Red Wave” sweeping over Idaho!
In honor of the Teacher’s Symposium this Friday featuring Dr. James Lindsay and Trevor Loudon, this week’s Report will be focused on education and most importantly, our children.
I am passionate about education and love working with children. Almost nothing compares to the feeling of watching a student find their passion for a subject. Falling in love with learning is one of the most valuable lessons my mum ever taught me during my K-12 years and is a lesson that has driven my pursuit of being a lifelong learner. It has also been the driving force behind my love for teaching kids and cultivating their young minds.
My heart has always been for kids. I paid my way through college as a care taker for children and young adults who have mental and physical disabilities. Since, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects to all age groups. I have taught middle schoolers, high schooler, college students, and post-college graduates overseas and here in our Idahome.
I have met hundreds of people the past month and a half on the campaign trail who have asked the same question: “what are you going to do to help protect my kids?”
My answer is twofold.
1. We have to fight to protect our kids in school from mask mandates and medical discrimination, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), gender/ hyper sexualization indoctrination, and pornography being accessible in our schools and libraries; and
2. We need to protect homeschooling and school choice in our state.
We are watching “wokism” infiltrate our schools and socialism seep into higher education right here in Idaho. I have met too many parents recently who have shared stories about their children being discriminated against for not wearing masks, exposed to sex at 10 and 11 years old, who are being taught progressive ideas, and having their privacy violated by schools that are gathering data on children and parents through policy’s such as SEL.
We need to ensure that our children are safe and being taught information that cultivates their minds, flames their creativity, and challenges their critical thought. They need to be taught how to think, not what to think. We need to protect them from indoctrination and learning inappropriate information for their age.
We need to fight to protect school choice and provide parents with options regarding how and where their children are educated. Whether they make the decision to homeschool, private, charter, or public educate their children, it is our obligation to protect each of these choices and not usurp parents making the best decisions for their child.
THIS WEEKS EVENTS & MEET AND GREETS:
Monday, April 4th I will be speaking at a meet and greet along with Raul Labrador at 11808 W Carlisle Bay Dr. Star, ID, 83669 at 7:00pm.
April 5th I will be speaking at the Treasure Valley Republican Women’s luncheon at 11:30-1 at 1411 Shilo Dr. Bob’s Restaurant in Nampa.
April 8th I will have a table at the Teacher’s Symposium at Lifespring Christian Church in Star at 5pm.
Saturday, April 9th I will be at the Nampa Farmers Market with the Treasure Valley Republican Women from 9am to 1pm.
Monday, April 11th I will be participating in the district 10 forum at the Star City Chamber of Commerce from 6:30-8:30.
THIS WEEKS Legislative Updates
Bills proposed this session that deal with protecting Idaho’s children:
HO666- Removes pornography available to children in libraries, schools, and museums in Idaho (This bill died in the senate).
HO675- Amends existing law to protect all Idaho children (male and female) from genital mutilation; prohibiting sex-changing surgery for children in the state of Idaho punishable by felony imprisonment (This bill died in the Senate).
HO460- While Idaho claimed a victory in SB1309, we sustained a loss with HO460 being held in the Ways and Means Committee. This bill would have completely outlawed abortion in the state of Idaho.
Legislation proposed this session that put Idaho children in danger:
HCR29- This Resolution“States findings of the Legislature and encourages certain officers, agencies, and employees of the State to become informed about the impacts of traumatic childhood experiences and implement interventions and practices to develop resiliency in children and adults who suffered from traumatic childhood experiences.”This champions streamlining Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools in Idaho.
The large majority of parents that I have met on the campaign trail are concerned with the direction education is taking in our state, the lack of options available to them, and the lack of basic protections being afforded to their children. I am with you. I hear you. I see it too.
As a teacher, I see how broken the educational system is. As a historian, I see how much revisionist information is being taught in new curriculums. As a university graduate, I see how liberal higher education has become.
Liberal and progressive agendas have seemingly infiltrated every level of education in our country and state.
We need to take back control of our children’s education, fight to protect school choice, and protect homeschooling in our state. One of the reasons my family moved to Idaho 18 years ago was education freedom. As a homeschooler, Christian, and Idahoan, I am compelled to work to protect the hearts and minds of our kids. One of the most beautiful aspects of this great states is the freedom is affords the family unit.
Let’s keep it that way and work to keep Idaho a safe, nurturing, and creative environment for children to grow and thrive in.
Let’s keep Idaho, Idahome!