Saturday, November 01, 2008

More adventures in public education

How can our poor kids miss out on stuff like this?

School Clams Up on 'Gay' Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners

A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.

During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.

The cards asked signers to be "an ally" and to pledge to "not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts."

The school has acknowledged that the exercise was not appropriate for kindergartners.

Parent Adela Voelker, who declined to be interviewed in depth for this report, said she was furious when she found her child's signature on one of the cards. She said she contacted a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in parents' rights.

It is not about education, it is about indoctrination. It is about separating the child from the parent, so they can be filled with a more "enlightened", "open-minded" worldview and reject the closed minded views of parents. Public education, at it's core, is not about teaching children to think, it is about developing children who think a certain way. If parents won't teach them to think properly, the education establishment will do all it can to get their ideological hooks into kids earlier, deeper and keep those hooks in later. That is what is behind the universal preschool, universal college movement.


Joe said...

"It is not about education, it is about indoctrination"

and I would add: "Which leads to Socialism and/or Incarceration."

Arthur Sido said...

quite true