Many studies have shown that people who speak first and loudest tend to persuade others to go along with their positions even when they are wrong. Teach your kids to always analyze and not be led blindly.
The quality of your children’s lives will be determined by the quality of the people in their lives.
Teach your children that how you say something is as important as what you say.
What is right isn’t always popular and what is popular isn’t always right.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
You do not have to attend every argument you are invited to.
Courage is the mastery of fear. It is not the absence of fear.
Do not accept unacceptable behavior.
If your student chooses to not dissect an animal and is given a hard time, explain to the teacher that you know the state policy. For example in Massachusetts the 2005 State Board of Education Policy gives anyone the right to refuse to cut up animals. In fact Massachusetts residents can mention the following policy:
“All public schools that offer dissection as a learning activity should, upon written request by a student’s parent or guardian, permit a student who chooses not to participate in dissection to demonstrate competency through an alternative method.” [2005 MA State Board of Education Policy]
Look up the policy where you live and have it ready to go to avoid being intimidated.