Do ask, make them tell!
A new book has come out that may shock you. Crayons to Condoms is a startling look at public schools in America. While most of the stories come from California, don't be fooled. This stuff is happening everywhere. During my past two years serving on the Howell School Board, I have been shocked at what is happening in our schools. Are these things happening in your district?
In Brighton students made Islamic Prayer rugs for art class. I wonder what would happen if they were told to make rosaries or crosses?
In Mt. Pleasant they outlawed the word "Christmas" on school materials. So to advertise the "Dickens Christmas Festival", they had to change it to "Dickens Holiday Festival". Did Dickens do Kawanza?
In Pinckney, parents and students have reported that they are not allowed to say the word "Christmas" in school.
In Rochester they tried to have books with pornographic references excluded from curriculum. One book under scrutiny is The Bluest Eyes. This book has a graphic rape scene involving an 11-year old girl and her father. While folks claim it wasn't written to "stimulate or titillate", it certainly is graphic enough to be in Penthouse or Playboy. See www.pbbis.org for excerpts.
In Dexter the teachers got together and voted to no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance. This was done without parent input.
The State of Michigan is encouraging districts to give out a survey to middle school students asking them invasive questions about their sexual activity, drug use, and family life. Parents have to "opt out" their kids via a form sent home. If the form is not returned, the kids take the survey. The survey is called MiPHY. Ask if your district participates.
All over Michigan students are being encouraged to participate it the GLSEN Day of Silence. This event was even endorsed by Granholm for students K-12! The Day of Silence is suppose to be about preventing bullying, but it is really about forwarding an agenda that many don't agree with.
In Holland, the 2008 Valedictorian was censored because he wanted to use Biblical references in his graduation speech. Jed Grooters' speech was supposed to be about "life lessons". I bet Jed could give a great speech about what he learned through this fiasco.
Jackson Public Schools started school-based health clinics where kids can get treatment without parent knowledge. Located at four different schools, including a middle school, the program boasts about the opportunity to obtain birth control confidentially.
A national program, Girls on the Run, promotes explicit sex education for third graders. Under the guise of "healthy lifestyle", girls are educated about a lot more than just running.
So many districts cover up these types of issues. But as taxpayers, parents, and voters, we have a right to know how our tax dollars are being spent and how our children are being educated. What is happening in your district? Please share your stories, because we all need to be aware of what is happening in our schools. After all, knowledge is power!
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