Friday, June 22, 2007

The Post Wants Your Opinion

This isn't the kind of thing I want to make too much of, but it is something we should do. The Washington Post is asking people to send them comments about the new sex-ed curriculum that was approved on the 12th.

Here's what they're saying:
The Montgomery County school board last week approved new lessons on sexual orientation for all middle and high schools for the fall. The two 45-minute lessons introduce homosexuality and gender identity in health courses in the eighth and 10th grades, along with a 10th-grade lesson and instructional DVD on the correct use of a condom. Opponents have appealed to the Maryland State Board of Education and to State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

What do you think? Send your comments about whether you think such lessons are appropriate in the classroom, and why.

Send your letters, which may be edited for space and clarity, by June 29 to mocoextra@washpost.com, or by mail to Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, 51 Monroe St., Suite 500, Rockville, Md. 20850. Please include your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers so that authorship can be verified.

Typically, the other side gears up for these things: see AstroTurfing. You can expect letters from all over the world comparing MCPS to Satan. They like to say, the paper received ten thousand letters opposing the curriculum, but we'd be happy to say they received a reasonable number of articulate letters supporting it and giving good reasons.

Readers of this blog have an interest in this topic, and have knowledge and opinions. It would be a good idea to write a nice, lucid letter to The Post, explaining how you feel about the classes and why.

If you live in the county and/or have a kid in public school who will be taking the courses, it would be good to mention that.

If you're serious about supporting comprehensive and inclusive sex education, write a letter and send it to The Post.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The two 45-minute lessons introduce homosexuality and gender identity in health courses in the eighth and 10th grades, along with a 10th-grade lesson and instructional DVD on the correct use of a condom. Opponents have appealed to the Maryland State Board of Education and to State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

What do you think? Send your comments about whether you think such lessons are appropriate in the classroom, and why."

The questioning of this is slanted. CRC has said they have no objections to lessons on these topics, just to the actual content in the MCPS version.

So if 95% of people write in saying that, yes, they think "such lessons are appropriate in the classroom", it still doesn't mean that the horrible curriculum concocted currently by MCPS is approved of by most people.

June 22, 2007 2:16 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Thank you for that, Anon. And if 95% write that they don't like it, and that MCPS is Satan ... that also doesn't mean anything.

That's why I am asking our readers to write lucid and articulate letters. I don't see any point in trying to overflow the mailboxes for this, it's more important to try to make a good clear point than to impress them with numbers: see AstroTurfing. By the way, you can do it, too, Anon.

JimK

June 22, 2007 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea-not anon
Yes, we know that to you,goofball anon, nothing will ever prove anything except that CRC is right.
Since Moco asked for names, addresses and phone numbers-it would probably only be interested in MC letters. Also the copycat CRC letters will be a giveaway- as well as those that mention sin, gay agenda and "horrible curriculum"

June 22, 2007 9:15 PM  
Anonymous youwish said...

Anon-

get any new friends lately while drinking all that Hateraide?

Just because YOU hate everything does not mean the world agrees with you. Judge and ye shall be judged, my friend.

June 23, 2007 11:04 AM  
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