'Common Core' curriculums turn classrooms into cultural battlefields

A progressive government intrudes further into the classroom, hard science has succumbed to fighting intolerance and repression. Photo: IStock.com

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2013 — Obamacare funnels $375 million into pro-abortion, pro-gay sex-education for public schools while the feds push their controversial Common Core school curriculum. Schoolchildren are on the front lines of the culture war and not by accident. Patricia Nell Warren, writing in America’s largest homosexual magazine, The Advocate, put it succinctly: “Whoever captures the kids owns the future.” 

The National Education Association and the National Parent Teacher Association work with progressive groups that redefine the family, human relationships, and life itself. Tax-funded programs introduce children to sexuality and even entice them with cash to participate in sex surveys without parents or students ever being told who the “teachers” are.

Only after a Portland math teacher demanded identification did he find that the presenters sent to his class by the principal to enroll students in the federal government Teen Outreach Program (commonly known as TOP) were actually employees of the local Planned Parenthood.

Hostility toward religion, morality, and parental rights are now encouraged in the classroom. Certain beliefs and behaviors promoted as respect for diversity are deceptive, unscientific and actually dangerous for a child’s physical and mental well-being. 

K-3 students are targeted with appealing artwork on the covers of harmless-sounding children’s books with titles like “And Tango Makes Three” (two homosexual penguins raising a baby penguin), and “King and King” (a homosexual fairy tale). Hard science is jettisoned in favor of fighting “intolerance and repression.” Thus, kindergartners must learn that gender is not related to biological sex organs and families don’t need both mommies and daddies.

Moreover, “progressive” administrators in states with mega-buying power, like California and New York, shape the $10 billion U.S. textbook industry, offset only partially by conservative trends in Texas. These government-employed activists pressure publishers to include and positively portray people identified as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or transgender in many academic subjects. 

Responding to pressure and profit, publishers employ unnamed and unknown diversity experts to create a new history that reimagines America as a xenophobic predator unworthy of allegiance. Textbooks slanted to meet demands of ideological mega-buyers then end-up in schools nationwide.

Parents can follow this AEIOU-Y approach to protect children at school.

Awareness: The presence of “educational” materials produced by, referrals to, or speakers from groups such as NOW, Planned Parenthood, the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are danger signs. Ditto for Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, rainbows, “safe” zones, or mandatory attendance at events such as such as the National Day of Silence.

Engage: Get to know teachers and those running the school. Visit your school with another parent or friend, for moral support and as a witness to conversations. Ask your child about any guest speakers in class, what was discussed, and any materials they handed out in school. You might be surprised. If you know in advance and are suspicious, ask to audit the class.

Information: Do your due diligence. Learn what the Surgeon General and CDC really say about health risks associated with certain sexual behaviors. Talk to other parents. Pop into the school library and counselor’s office to review the materials there. Browse through all of your child’s textbooks. Social engineering is now embedded across the spectrum of subjects and especially the social sciences.

Options: Most controversial education programs default to include all students, but they should have opt-out provisions. If a school makes opting-out difficult, like requiring make-up hours when buses do not run or during team sports, reject this bureaucratic ploy. Demand equal treatment.

Understanding: Experts agree that parents are the single greatest influence in a child’s life. That is why programs are given pretty names like Healthy Life Choices. Sexual curiosity in children is not uncommon; a dismissive or negative reaction to your child’s uncomfortable questions can cause them to seek answers elsewhere.

Your child has rights: Submit your concerns and inquiries in writing. Do not be fooled or intimidated by misleading statements. If school policies are not available online, request written copies, not verbal interpretations. These policies often guarantee the very rights school officials profess you do not have. 

Many good educators are in a bind, so do not assume teachers or management disagree with your concerns. However, if respectful confrontation fails, if you are stonewalled or your child’s freedom of speech, religion, or safety is infringed, contact a conservative public interest legal firm. They may refer you, write a letter, or take the case pro bono. 

Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, Thomas More Society, Thomas More Institute, and Pacific Justice Institute are just a few of the national groups that can help. 

Two cardinal rules: Never, ever sign a document giving the school blanket authority to make health decisions, refer, or counsel your child without your knowledge. Likewise, do not sign forms for unnamed or nebulous field trips. Never give up. A common tactic is for administrators to be dismissive and pretend that no other parent voices any concern. Do not buy it. 

In other words, do not be afraid to be a high-maintenance parent. Your children depend on it.


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Paul E. Rondeau's research and writing on social issures has appeared in law journals, private publications, and  the popular press.  His work has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations and by best-selling authors.  He serves as executive director at American Life League.  He can be contacted at prondeau@all.org.

 

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