What are the priorities of our society and when are families pushed too far?

To the editor:

What are the priorities of our society and when are families pushed too far?

School extracurricular groups have begun holding meetings and banquets on Sundays. Now the principal of McCord Middle School scheduled curriculum night, complete with monetary door prizes, for parents on a Sunday afternoon: Aug. 26. Informing parents is an honorable and worthy intention. But on a Sunday?

We parents may delude ourselves into thinking that by sitting at a sports banquet on Sunday, we have successfully fulfilled our family time. Frankly, I could argue otherwise. But when an administrator holds a business event on a Sunday, have we now codified any day or time as fair game and families should comply?

The school board and superintendent, by their inactions, support this move. One board member said Sundays have never been the subject of board policy, so she doesn't think it should be. In times past, a school administrator would never have considered having a meeting on a weekend, let alone Sunday. When respect exists, there is no reason to legislate, but we clearly live in a different time. There is now widespread disrespect and infringement on the sanctity of faith and the family. This infringement on what once was a day set aside for a family to worship and enjoy the blessing of family is not the direction we should be going. Priorities are way out of line, and it's time to re-evaluate.

Our family holds the priorities of triune God, family, country, in that order. This has been the basis for most of our western culture. It has stood the test of time for thousands of years and has resulted in a strong civil society. Public schools in America were created to support the family so children become strong, active members of a civil society in a representative republic.

The walls that protect our society are under attack and are beginning to crumble. Parents, clergy and community members should speak out. We no longer can be passive and fall to the pressures of the counter-society and, in this case, the school officials. As the family structure is further attacked, it will continue to crumble, and so will our society, thus resulting in more problems at school.

I propose we begin to live out renewed priorities Sunday, Aug. 26. Attend worship as a family and then spend the day at home together. Try sidewalk chalk or croquet; you and your children will enjoy it, even if they don't admit it. Cook together and then sit down to dinner and have a conversation. You might be amazed by what you learn from each other, the laughs you have and memories you create. Continue to have dinner together each weeknight and look forward to the next Sunday's worship and dedicated, interactive family time. The bonds and values established will last a lifetime.

And don't forget to tell the school board and administration that Sundays are off limits.