Friday, September 23, 2011

Face the Facts: Government Schools Are At War With Parent Values

This just in...when it comes to parental involvement, public schools are increasingly arrogant, coercive and downright unfriendly.

Of course, this isn't really news at all. Everyone knows this trend is going way over the top -- the trend of government schools demanding more money from taxpayers while, at the same time, doing everything they can to keep taxpayers from having any oversight of what educators then do with those funds.

Whether it involves curriculum decisions ("No, Mrs. Gilhooly, we don't care what you believe. Your daughter is going to be taught evolution, sex education according to progressive ideals, pantheism, socialism, and the illusion of American exceptionalism here.") or other issues (peer pressure, school lunch choices, immodest attire, even physical safety), educators are convinced that they know what's best.

And they'll use whatever means at their disposal, including lawsuits, fines and police interference to get their way.

Here's two examples from this morning's Drudge Report. The first concerns a mother who rightfully acted to protect her 10-year old from bullies and the indifferent bus driver who was letting it her kid get beat up. Her actions drew a police call, a banning from school property and even a prohibition from going to the bus stop to pick up her child!

And the second? Here's an excerpt from the Fox News Story, "Texas School Punishes Boy for Opposing Homosexuality." 

Holly Pope said she was “absolutely stunned” when she received a telephone call from an assistant principal at Western Hills High School informing her that her son, Dakota Ary, had been sent to in-school suspension.

“Dakota is a very well-grounded 14-year-old,” she told Fox News Radio noting that her son is an honors student, plays on the football team and is active in his church youth group. “He’s been in church his whole life and he’s been taught to stand up for what he believes.”

And that’s what got him in trouble.

Dakota was in a German class at the high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality in Germany. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”

“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

Dakota was sentenced to one day in-school suspension – and two days of full suspension. His mother was flabbergasted, noting that her son had a spotless record, was an honor student, volunteered at his church and played on the school football team...

Krause called the incident “mind blowing” and said the teacher had frequently brought homosexuality into ninth grade classroom discussions.

“There has been a history with this teacher in the class regarding homosexual topics,” Krause said. “The teacher had posted a picture of two men kissing on a wall that offended some of the students.”

Krause said the picture was posted on the teacher’s “world wall.”

“He told the students this is happening all over the world and you need to accept the fact that homosexuality is just part of our culture now,” Krause said.

The school district would not comment on why a teacher was discussing homosexuality in a ninth grade German class.

Guys, stories like this break into even the liberal mainstream media every week with hundreds of other educator outrages occurring behind the scenes. So tell me, why are your kids still in government schools? Why are their minds still being shaped by officials who care next to nothing about your values?