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I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

There is no mystery - there are no wrongs

Anyone want to know what is screwing up kids? Here it is. There is a perfect example in Maryland. Montgomery County Public Schools are instituting a version of sex education that makes a unique use of the lowly cucumber. I'll never be able to eat a salad again. In a recent piece by Cal Thomas we are informed that this system will be teaching kids in middle school and high school how to put a condom on a cucumber. Further, Mr. Thomas tells us that "They will also be taught that homosexual couples are the newest American "family."

We are also informed that the school district will be encouraging their students to "develop" a sexual identity.

One wonders if the school district is going to make any neanderthal like statements such as it is best to abstain from pre-marital sex? How are they going to present the "sexual identity" topic? And, what does this possibly have to do with the education of young people.

To me, this is just reprehensible.

When will parents have enough. School districts have absolutely no business getting into training children about how to have sex. Further, it is unimaginable that a school district would talk with kids about their sexual identity in a way that influences them one way or another. Schools have no business in what should be basic parenting. Unfortunately it is true that many parents have completely abdicated their responsibility for raising their children to schools.

I cannot imagine any parent allowing a school to give their child any instruction about the child's sexuality. If parents love what schools have done to education, then they will be enraptured by what they will do to their childs attitude about sex in general and their sexuality in particular.

Here is what will likely happen. The children in any school district are likely to be instructed by an individual who has absolutely no professional training in the subject matter they are required to teach. Most of them will be no more informed of the average person on the street about human sexuality. Likely, in the middle school the person will be a person like myself - certified in life/earth science with no training that gives them any credential to teach this vital and controversial subject. Further, these kids will be subjected to the views of those individual teachers. Most won't intend to put their views on center stage, but they will not be able to avoid it. They will do so with a raised eyebrow, a too-neutral expression, an inflection in their voice. Some may actually state their views about these issues.

As a parent I would not want that to happen. I am a teacher. I know teachers. Some are brilliant. But, some are barely functional. Some would drop dead if a thought passed through their heads. Cruel perhaps, but true.

Here is another fact that parents need to consider. There are some teachers that are wonderful people. But, there are also those who have the moral principles of really degraded alley cats. Both, those who are wonderful people and those who are reprehensible, ferral alley cats will be teaching these kids.

Among the more insidious ideas that permeate schools these days is the idea that anyone in schools know better how to raise kids better than the parents. This is about nothing else. In this case a school district has decided to indoctrinate children in a philosophy that holds that it is alright to have sex as a child. Teaching children the use of condoms presumes nothing else. Further, a school district has decided to make itself the arbiter of what is right and wrong about the issue of homosexuality. Nothing could be further from the proper mission of a school. This is an example of pure arrogance. The school is simply saying that we don't care if you want your child not taught how to have sex, we will teach them how to do it if we feel like it. And, we feel like it. The school is also saying that we have decided that we know best about how to approach instruction about your childs sexuality. And, we want to indoctrinate them with the idea that homosexuality is right and acceptable regardless of your backward opinion.

I say this to parents all over America and in Maryland. You have the power to tell this and any school district what can and cannot be taught to your children. Your power lies in your moral courage, your love for your children and your moral convictions. If you abdicate this to the school, may Heaven save your children. Not just from this issue but from any other issue that the propagandists leading some school districts decide to teach.

If you want to know why kids get pregnant, they do so because they do not believe it is wrong. Get over it.

If you want to know why some kids get so confused about their role as young men and women, it is because they have not been taught what is right and what is wrong.

Kids who steal do so because they do not believe it is wrong, so do adults.

Kids who lie do so because they do not believe it is wrong.

There are no mysteries here. Our children are having babies, doing drugs, becoming alcoholics, killing each other, engaged in sexual immorality, and Heaven knows what else because they do not have any sense of what is right and what is wrong.

Right and wrong is neanderthal these days. When you wonder why kids are having sex, performing all manner of perversions, and showing no respect for any societal standards look no further than the mirror. And, one of the primary mirrors in our society is the public school.

How dare they do this. More to the point, how dare any parent allow schools to do this.

Many, many kids are on the road to hell because no one had the guts to say this is right and this is wrong.

Well, Maryland, this program is wrong.

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