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|NUMBER 145||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||FEBRUARY 1998|
The year-long efforts of a concerned Fairfax County, VA mom to edit an explicit sex-ed video paid off. The Fairfax County School Board voted to remove certain explicit segments of the video that was being shown to 5th graders. Graphic descriptions of girls' and boys' development were removed, making the video "more appropriate for the age level."
Only 19% of university professors who teach K-12 teachers how to teach think it's essential that teachers stress correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Only 12% of those surveyed believe teachers should expect students to be neat, polite, and on time for school. A full 82% say teachers should teach kids to be "active learners who know how to learn." Parents however, say they expect public schools to teach children to "master basic skills, develop good work habits, and learn values like honesty and respect."
Second graders at a public school near Dover, DE, exchange vows with members of the same sex in mock marriage ceremonies. The children promise to care for each other as "friends" and to "share and play nice." Some parents are concerned that this exercise sends mixed messages to their children, and that it will only serve to confuse them later on. At least one student has been pulled from the school in favor of homeschooling.
The cost of public education rises. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a report entitled Federal Support for Education: Fiscal Years 1980-1997. It states that federal funds for education programs have increased 42% since 1990. Between 1980 and 1997, federal spending for elementary and secondary education increased 18% after being adjusted for inflation, while other education funds (for libraries, museums, cultural activities and miscellaneous research) increased 71%. Funds for research at universities and university-administered research and development centers increased 41%.