Insanity, liberal style
Not long ago, there was a TV show called Love, American Style. I wasn't a big fan, but some scenes were funny. It was like The Love Boat without the ship.
In the last couple of days, we've learned about Insanity, Liberal Style, and it's not TV. It is reality brought to parents by schoolteachers and administrators who have no respect for parents or their wishes.
Let's go to Minnesota, where a school principal decided to take youngsters to an "adult shop" for a little introduction to sex toys. Really? I want some school administrator to teach my kids about sex toys? Wonder what genius came up with that idea!
The parents are not happy, as we read in news reports:
Parents of students at a small Minneapolis private school are demanding the director resign after she led a field trip to a shop that sells sex toys and adult novelties.
“We are not happy with what happened,” said Steve Strawmatt, who has already removed his 10-year-old son from the school.
Strawmatt issued a statement on behalf of about nine sets of parents of kids at Gaia Democratic School who are outraged that director Starri Hedges took about a dozen middle- and high-school-age students to the Smitten Kitten late last week as part of a sex education course.
Meanwhile, parent Lynn Floyd filed a complaint with Minneapolis police accusing Hedges of exposing children to pornographic material. The police report recommends further investigation.
“I want her done and out, and that school closed,” Floyd said Thursday. “I want her away from children,” he continued. “It’s borderline predation.”
Hedges did not return calls seeking comment, but the school posted a statement on its website defending its leader.
“Gaia Democratic School’s board of directors stands behind the premise of the field trip,” the statement said. “We view it as a legitimate learning experience that relates directly to topics covered during our yearlong Sexual Health class.”
A legitimate learning experience? Are you kidding me? Exposing kids to sex toys is a legitimate activity?
The next episode is out of the Bay Area. We understand that a teacher reportedly told her students to snap selfies with their parents' sex toys:
The teacher’s extra-credit assignment requested that Encinal High School students scour through their parent’s dresser drawers in search of condoms, sex toys or anything provocative and snap a selfie of themselves, according to KPIX-TV.
An extra-credit assignment? Whatever happened to reading and math? How about a selfie with their parents at the dinner table? Or a selfie of the family going to church?
We see two things here, and they should scare every parent from coast to coast.
First, there are too many administrators and teachers who don't respect parents. In other words, it didn't occur to anyone in these two instances to run the idea by the parents. Maybe you put a note in the kids' pack for the parents to sign off on.
Second, it confirms why so many parents are homeschooling. They can't trust school administrations. They would rather sacrifice their time (and home space) and teach their kids math, reading, U.S. history, and a few values consistent with the family.
This is insanity with a liberal twist. As the father of three boys now in their twenties, I find these actions appalling, and most of all, disrespectful to the parents.
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