Thursday, October 27, 2005

Andrea Sees What's Happening

Following my bliss is a blog published by Andrea, who describes herself like this: "I am an actor/early childhood music teacher/yoga teacher wanna be." I've quoted her here before, and I'm just about to do it again.

Because she gets it.

Her post links to this week's Post article -- here's the whole thing:
Yet again, the members of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum continued to act like spoiled brats and not play by the rules. They again refused to submit 3 names to the MoCo school board so that a member could be picked to sit on the new Family Life and Human Development curriculum committee. The appointment was already postponed by 2 weeks because of the failure to submit the names by the original deadline. The Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum are demanding that the same woman who was on the previous board be re-appointed - something that is not allowed by the board rules. Now the group is threatening to sue MoCo schools again until they get their way.

Great examples to be setting for your children, dont'cha think? - Not following directions, not compromising, and threatening other people when you don't get your way. I know that those are the values that *I* want to instill in my children. Maybe they should petition to get those values added into the curriculum, too?

This continued stalling and threatening is just another tactic in the coordinated movement by the extreme right/conservatives to stop schools from teaching information that students NEED TO KNOW, and putting religion over science. Unfortunately, this could very well be a model case for other extremists to start doing the same thing in their communities. I am very concerned that with this case and cases regarding "Intelligent Design" that our school systems will cave to the pressure and public schools will start to become Christian schools. If you have a specific set of religious values that you want taught to your children, then you should send them to private school or home school them yourself. Children in public schools deserve to have accurate information that is free of religious undertones and messages. The sex-ed controversy continues

This is what we like to see. Somebody who can read between the lines and understands what's going on.

And as an extra bonus, I see that Andrea has posted about our group and our blog, and has been commenting here today (more sophisticated than most of us, she figured out how to put her picture next to her comments). Give 'em hell, Andrea!


Anonymous Anonymous said...


She wears orange jump suits with ruby slippers. Call out the queer eyes for the straight guys!

October 27, 2005 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon..when the get done with you send them on...

"anon free"

October 27, 2005 4:43 PM  
Blogger Tish said...

Parents who want to teach a particular world view/religious perspective to their children have a third option, too. In addition to home schooling and parochial/private schools, they can choose to send their kids to public schools. There, the children will encounter a variety of beliefs and actions which will differ from their home teachings in varying degrees. Parents will actively support their children's public education and will be aware of what their children are seeing and hearing. Parents will talk to their children daily about choices, consequences, friends, words, etc. Parents will explain, in language that becomes increasingly complex as the children get older, which outside influences are not shared by their families and why. Parents will demonstrate through their own actions the values of their beliefs and trust that their children will learn from them.

It's called raising your kids. It's a lot of work and it's not for sissies, but it's worth it. Kids raised this way don't freak out when, as adults, they encounter the width and depth of the real world.

Of course, that's too much for some parents. They'd rather sue the public schools so that they don't ever have to explain anything to their kids.

October 27, 2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

thanks- that is what should happen. I know that my own kids would say- "We talked about that already" or "I know that"- but actually, the point was to expand the discussion.
I just know that because I was totally stonewalled
as a child- eventually, I never asked anything about sex or physical maturity- because I got no answers and realized this was something I wasn't to ask about and was never going to get answered anyway. If you keep putting kids off- they stop asking. Some parents think that is because their kids "got their message" -they are not asking about sex- because they are not interested and certainly won't "do it". Well, that may be true about some school classes- but interest in sex doesn't go away(well, maybe a lot later in life) and kids will get those answers- maybe not right, maybe dangerous- but they will get answers.


October 27, 2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Andrea's blog is HERE.

October 27, 2005 10:14 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

By the way, Andrea, I know of some really good blogs where nobody ever comments. Lately, we've been quite the chatterboxes, but lots of times we get one or two comments, or none. If I were you, I'd take the hit counter more seriously than the comments. Good luck.


October 27, 2005 10:25 PM  

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