A little over 20 years ago, I did a great deal of substitute teaching at a certain suburban high school in my county. I was in there practically every day, teaching all kinds of classes.
Except for “sex education.” No substitute was allowed to teach sex ed. If the teacher was absent, a vice principal would have to take the class.
And get this! The textbooks were never allowed to be taken out of the classroom. They were handed out to the kids when they came in and taken back when the class was over. The books never made it to a student’s locker. No parent was allowed to see them.
If anything good came out of the COVID panic, it’s this: Closing the schools and requiring “remote learning” at home finally clued parents in to what their kids were being “taught” in public school. Yeah–that scheme to have parents sign pledges not to listen in on their kids’ instruction, that went nowhere fast.
Today more parents than ever now know about the teachers’ unions’ penchant for “teaching” such abominations as critical race theory, “comprehensive sex education”, and indoctrination into socialism if not outright Marxism.
If your kids are still in public school after all this… Why?
The message was, there’s no such thing as an abnormal or morally wrong sex act, as long as, ahem, “nobody gets hurt,” etc. You name it, it’s “normal” and the kids should be doing it.
I have a particular reason for remembering this book. I was describing it on the phone to a liberal family member, huge fan of Planned Parenthood: but It’s Perfectly Normal was strong medicine, even for him, so he took refuge in a popular liberal tactic of debate: “There’s no such book as that! You’re making it up!”
“I have it here on the table, right in front of me,” I said. “If you were here, you could see it and touch it.”
“No, no, you’re just making it up…”
Of course that was 16 years ago, and the trick of denying basic reality had not yet quite taken hold on liberals.
But they’ve got it down to a science now. Don’t you just have to laugh when leftids talk about “science”?
Doh! “Sexual references”? Has the school board looked at its own K-12 sex education curriculum lately? Holy cow! It’s practically the Kama Sutra. Gatsby would have to be about a hundred times dirtier just to be in the same area code as “sex ed.”
They banned five books. The only other one that I’ve read was Catch-22, banned because characters who are guys in the army talk and act like guys in the army. I read it in college. On one memorable occasion in the classroom, the instructor was reading a particularly vivid passage aloud when one of the students fainted. We all thought he was kidding at first–but nope, he really fainted.
When I was in high school in the Late Bronze Age, everything on our required reading list was just plain boring. Silas Marner–which was worse, that or The Forsyte Saga? I think they were trying to put us off reading, permanently.
Up in Alaska, the five banned books were cut from the reading list of the High School English Elective Curriculum.
Just to show you where their heads were at, the school board’s vice president said of Gatsby, “If I were to read this in a corporate environment, I would be dragged into EO.” I think “EO” means “Economic Opportunity”–sort of a workplace thought police. You don’t want to be reading novels that’d suggest you were an Enemy Of The People.
As a high school student, I’m sure I would not have been mature enough to appreciate The Great Gatsby. If I were a public high school student today, I would already be up to my eyebrows in lurid sexual content and foul language: our popular culture is a polluted pond, and we’re the fish stuck swimming in it. How any single book would even be noticed in the avalanche of filth that’s dumped on us every day, is more than I know.
Meanwhile, the local bookstores say these titles have suddenly begun flying off the shelves.
The proposed curriculum was called “Making Proud Choices.” Like this is stuff to be proud of. I prefer not to repeat the details, but the gist of it is that “sexual abstinence” means every imaginable sexual activity and technique except normal intercourse.
I’m pretty sure that if anybody had ever tried to introduce anything like that “initiative” into our local public school when I was ten years old, that person would be lucky to get out of town alive.
Lots and lots of parents showed up at the public meeting to object to the scheme, and the school board voted it down.
Better would be for all the parents to pull their kids out of the public schools altogether and give them a Christian education. But not having “Making Proud Choices” kicking around is of course better than having it.
We are thankful to the Massachusetts Family Institute for leading the effort to block this wickedness.
This article is about some of the stuff that people refuse to believe is happening in their public schools. They are wrong. For if they did believe it, they would have to tax their imaginations to find some excuse for sending their children there.
Since I wrote it in 2011, the main thing “educators” have added to the mix described herein is the frantic hard push for “transgender.” Y’know, it was only eight years ago. That’s not a lot of time, is it?
I remember back in the 1960s, when I was still in public school, and they first tried to add “sex education” to the curriculum.
Practically the whole town turned out for the school board meeting, to tell the board, in no uncertain terms, “Thou shalt not!” And so they didn’t, because they would’ve all been voted out of office if they had.
My friend Jimmy’s father, Mr. K., was particularly persuasive. They didn’t like to see him coming. So they refrained from innovations to the curriculum–because they had a wholesome fear of how the community would react. Because back then, see, we still had a community.
For one thing, the state took away virtually all the power that the local school boards had to determine how education was conducted in their district. So if the voters rejected the school budget, the state commissioner had the power to nullify their vote. Eventually people stopped voting down school budgets, because it was futile. And meanwhile, the board had to tailor the curriculum to conform to whatever the state wanted.
I’m sure this happened in other states besides New Jersey.
Local control of school districts protected us from the kind of endless mischief now perpetrated daily by the state and federal governments. We could get it back, if there were ever the political will to abolish the federal Dept. of Education and get the federal government out of education altogether. We would also have to abolish the office of state commissioner of education, abolish state departments of education, and repeal Common Core–including all the “rewrites” which are only Common Core hiding behind a less controversial name.
All of that would be tremendously difficult to accomplish, going up against rich, powerful, entrenched opposition from the government and teachers’ unions.
Much better to pull Christian children, and others, out of public education and give them a Christian education, either at home or in a Christian school.
I wrote this piece for Chalcedon in 2004, and I doubt the situation has changed since then. Counselors “can’t say” whether a behavior is right or wrong. They literally can’t say: the cat’s got their tongue.
But until they can say it, they won’t do anyone much good.
It’s because what they like to call “sex education” is a sacrament of a false religion, secular humanism. The other humanist sacraments are sodomy, transgenderism, abortion, and assisted suicide.
Another big question is why parents, even Christian parents, continue to allow believers in that false religion to educate their children, day in, day out, and year after year.
Rather large books can be, and have been, written on this subject. This is only a blog post. It’s my way of urging parents and families to stop subjecting their children to public education.
Years ago, I worked most days as a substitute teacher at a public high school, called in to teach any and all subjects with only one exception–sex education. No substitute was ever called in for that. If the teacher was absent, an assistant principal had to supervise the class.
To keep parents from ever knowing exactly what was being taught, the textbooks were never allowed to be taken out of the classroom. Students complained that this made it hard for them to study for tests and quizzes, but that was the policy and the administration was not about to change it.
A student or a teacher in a public school can fall into a world of trouble by openly expressing any kind of faithfulness to Christian teaching. “You can be a boy one day and a girl the next, depending on how you feel.” This is, increasingly, what is being taught.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors, just to name one of many groups of concerned citizens and Christians, has warned that this kind of indoctrination is not going to go away, it is going to be made more intense as time goes by, and if we leave it alone and do nothing to stop it, our society will be severely damaged by it.
Do you know what Planned Parenthood “sex educators” do? Betcha don’t. But one of the things they do is to hand out “condom lollipops,” aka “edible condoms,” to children. More specifically, to the children of those parents who obstinately ignore all the news and all the warnings and just keep on sending their kids to public school because it gets the little blighters out of their hair for the day and, besides, they think that public school is “free” because it’s paid for out of your taxes instead of obliging you to write a check.
Come to think of it, every year Congress hands over to Planned Parenthood some half a billion of your tax dollars.
I wonder how much PP spends on edible condoms.
Think there’s no such thing? Just search for “condom lollipops” and see how many hits you get.
Planned Parenthood, public education, the nooze media, pwogwessive judges, etc., are all big-time culture-wreckers.
But any list of culture-killers must include the parents who send their kids off to the other culture-killers to be “educated.”
Yes, I know, I ask this question every summer: Where the blazes are the children? It’s a beautiful, sunny day, there’s no school in session–and no sign of any children, anywhere. The playgrounds are deserted. No kids fishing at the pond.
So where are they? Well, obviously they’re all indoors. Why are they indoors?
Mostly because people believe it’s horribly dangerous for kids to be outside, and anyway, “unsupervised play,” once known as “childhood,” is against the law. At least, there have been many news reports of parents jailed–yes, I said jailed–for allowing their children to play outdoors without supervision.
But when you read the laws, you discover that this is not what they actually say. The laws say you can’t leave a child alone in any situation where he might face an imminent threat of harm. If you were to let your two-year-old toddle into Main Street with all the cars whizzing back and forth, you would clearly be guilty of negligence.
Police, government bureaucracies such as “child protective services,” and spiteful neighborhood busybodies interpret such laws very, very loosely, so that virtually any situation involving a child being a child can be construed as perilous, requiring really tough intervention. Thus an 11-year-old boy shooting baskets for an hour in his own back yard is deemed to be exposed to harrowing danger because his parents weren’t home yet (they got stuck in a traffic jam)–so the cops arrested the parents, threw them into jail, and even strip-searched them, and the boy was separated from his family for a month ( http://leeduigon.com/2015/06/18/another-incident-to-shame-america/ ).
Of course, there is real danger to our children, a genuine threat: but you won’t find it on suburban playgrounds.
Check out this public school classroom at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland, California. The disreputable individual teaching them that “you can be a boy one day and a girl the next, depending on how you feel,” is a “gender coach” ( http://www.massresistance.com/docs/gen/11b/CA_trans_elementary/index2.html ). He teaches “gender fluidity,” yatta-yatta. No more male and female, no more boys and girls–that’s that old-fashioned, oppressive, heterosexist “binary gender” stuff.
Public education is a threat to children. That’s where they’re in danger–from the wicked hogwash stuffed into their heads by way-the-hell-out-there teacher unions and crack-brained “education theorists.”
There’s no need for the pedophiles to be lurking behind the bushes next to the swing set.