Yet another reason why we chose to homeschool

This comes from an article written by a mom who’s 8 year old daughter’s class was being taught about HIV:

Indeed, when specifically asked why the school presents lessons on HIV in the third grade, rather than in middle school, one school administrator made this shocking admission:

“The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents’s values. By middle school it’s too late.”

via Sex ed wrong rite of spring –

Just say no… to the Girl Scouts?

This, is one among many reasons why my daughter will be going nowhere near the Girl Scouts.

“Sharon Slater, a mother of seven, innocently walked into a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women a few weeks ago. Almost immediately she was asked to leave. All non-Scout adults were kicked out of the room, which was packed with adolescent girls.

Her curiosity piqued, Slater lingered by the door and when the panel ended she went immediately back inside to look around. What she found has shocked her and shocked Girl Scout moms around the country. Slater found a stack of brochures produced by Planned Parenthood called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” that among other things explained to the girls, “Some people have sex when they have been drinking or using drugs. That is your choice.”

Read the whole thing at Washington Times. It will turn your stomach.

My personal opinion – It is not the Scouts’ job to teach sex ed.  It isn’t the public school’s job to teach sex ed. either.  It’s the parents’ job.

Too many parents are so scared of talking to their kids about sex, they more then willingly let someone else handle the discussion.  But what if that “someone else”, be it the school system, the scouts, or whoever, has a different set of values?

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 6:22) These children are God’s gift to me and my husband.  They are on loan from Him, and it’s up to us to raise them, not the state, and certainly not the Girl Scouts.

Parents need to step up and get involved.  Even if you don’t believe the Bible, do you really want the Girl Scouts advising your daughters on something as personal and intimate as sex?

It’s about Parental Rights.

The problem is not that he wants to talk to the kids, but how the White House went about this.  Most people who are opposed to the speech are not necessarily opposed to President Obama speaking, as they are opposed to the lack of parental notification ahead of time.

(hat tip Dana Loesch)

If those parents had not caused a ruckus, the “materials” would not have been changed.   The original question was “what can you do to help the president?” but it was “poorly worded” and changed to “what can you to achieve your educational goals?”   Because, yea, I can totally see how those two questions could be confused for each other right? /sarcasm.

Here is what the Governor of Missouri has said about this:

“The distribution of teaching curricula from the White House to the classroom clearly usurps the authority of our local school boards and school administrators. We have seen the federal government intervene into our lives in ways that many of us thought we would never see. This is a clear infringement on the rights of our students and those of Missouri parents.”

Dana Loesch, a conservative talk show host and homeschooling mother of two says about the curriculum:

“The focus is on being submissive to government. Anyone with the reading comprehension of a three-toed sloth can deduce this. Yes, we obey our laws and give respect to what our elected officials say but THAT IS A TWO-WAY STREET. Our elected leaders don’t shove legislation down our throats that we, the majority, are against. Our elected leaders don’t threaten to pass things with reconciliation.”

Her point is the government is elected to serve us. Yes, it’s a “public school issue” right now, but it’s also a parental rights issue.   As a teacher, I’d be pretty pissed, because I’ve been working my butt off on lesson plans and the like.  Then along comes the Federal Gov’t and they say, screw the lesson plans, here’s what you will be doing this day. Excuse me?  The White House did not follow proper protocol when announcing this, and quite possibly broke the law by distributing the curriculum to match the speech.

And quite frankly, this commenter on the website brought up quite a few interesting points. (it’s a copy of a letter he wrote to his local school board.)

“First, if the President is simply delivering an innocent “stay in school” message, he is requiring Katy ISD and all other districts nationwide to use precious time and other resources just to deliver a message they hear frequently from people closer to them. Hearing such a message means more from parents, family, and teachers locally. This address is, at best, a waste of time and money.

Second, few people on either side of the political spectrum would argue the fact that our current President excels at campaigning and persuasion. And given the massive programs implemented, pending implementation, and proposed by this administration, it is logical that the President has been using any and all avenues to reach the American public to convince them of his programs. As an staunch opponent of higher taxes, larger federal deficits, unfunded mandates, and expanding entitlement programs, I would be extremely upset if Katy ISD was the vehicle for the President to advance his economic agenda.

Third, some of the teacher tools that are on the Department of Education website contain talking points that I find patently offensive and contrary to our basic form of government. Questions such as: “Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials” and “What is the president asking me to do?” imply that we, as citizens, should look to those in power for answers and guidance. Quite the opposite is true; this nation is run by men and women who were chosen by the citizens to serve them for short periods of time. During that limited tenure, these elected officials represent the people of the United States. It is the President and other elected officials who should be listening to the citizenry, not the other way around.

Finally, I know that the President’s supporters will argue that a message about “persisting and staying in school” is a noble message and one that our children should hear from many sources, and I agree. But I am uncomfortable with any politician, regardless of office or political party, that would use the public school system and my children as an opportunity to stay in the public eye. There is a reason that this event is unprecedented; every President until now has seen it as inappropriate to start their next election campaign by aiming at high school students who will be eligible to vote in 2012. I think this event is narcissistic and improper.”

So it’s not that addressing the students is a bad idea per se… it’s how they are going about this, coupled with the takeover of the banking industry, the auto industry, and the attempt to takeover healthcare, that is troubling.

Also, considering the inclusion of illegal aliens in the “47 million uninsured”, I am skeptical where this “30%” number is coming from. I notice I haven’t heard anyone close to the admin say “30% dropout rate.”  They all say “the dropout rate is staggering! 30% of our nation’s children do not graduate high school.” Found this today, from Hawaii, says that the dropout rate there is grossly overestimated.  Hmmm… Wonder where they got the “30%” number?  I wonder if they are including illegal alien kids and homeschoolers in that number?

Bottom line. Opposition to today’s address to the children is about parental rights. Not “indoctrination”, not “silly stuff”. Our rights as a parent to have approval over what our kids do in school. When the Nation’s Education Secretary dismisses parental concern as “silly”, parents need to take notice. When a member of today’s media declares that anyone opposed is “not smart enough to raise their kids effectively” and possibly racist, parents need to take notice.

Oh, and by the way, wasn’t it just a few years back when the first Bush was going to address the nation’s schools (and permission slips had to be signed, btw) that the Democrats had their panties in a wad?  But since it is our Fearless Leader, who is a Democrat, those opposed are just plain “silly.”  Arne Duncan and Robert Gibbs even said so.