Silly product warning labels abound, but Wilder Publications' disclaimers on reprints of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence may top them all: "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." The notice goes on to advise parents that they "might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work." (www.foxnews.com, 6-9-10)
Dismayed that her literature and composition final required analyzing Michael Moore's Sicko, Missouri high school senior Celeste Finkenbine filed a complaint with her principal. The 18-year-old said the screed against the American health care system is "so far on the left side I don't think it should have been shown in school," and that the teacher called her a "teabagger" (a sexual slur) in class. The district confirmed that Debra Blessman violated school policy by failing to consult with an administrator before showing a film in class, but would not say if she would be disciplined. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5-19-10; www.freerepublic.com, 5-17-10)
A California art teacher told 7th-grader Taryn Hathaway that her picture of the American flag with "God Bless America" emblazoned on it was "offensive," but praised another student's portrait of Barack Obama, saying "Thank you for supporting our country." The teacher refused to either explain her comment or apologize in a meeting with the girl's parents. (FOX News, 5-12-10)
Colleen Dostal was infuriated when her 8th-grade son reported that Planned Parenthood instructors showed pornographic pictures and simulated sex acts using stuffed animals in a Shenandoah, Iowa sex ed class. Equally incensed parent Scott Gray, whose 16-year-old son was also in the class, fumed, "It wasn't sex ed, it was sex demonstration." (FOX News, 6-22-10)
'Comprehensive' sex education for kindergarten though 12th grade has stirred up a big controversy in Helena, Montana. The curriculum includes teaching first graders that people can be attracted to the same gender. Second graders are instructed to avoid gay slurs. Ten year olds are to be taught about various types of intercourse. Fifth graders will be taught to "understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration." Jeff Laszlotty of the Montana Family Foundation expressed outrage, saying "It's absolutely insane. This is not education. This has crossed the line and has gone from education to indoctrination and that's the problem parents have." Fox News Radio, 7-9-10.
Texas Social Studies Standards Released. The Texas Education Agency posted the newly adopted Texas Social Studies TEKS (standards for Grades K-12) that were adopted for Second Reading and Final Adoption (with technical edits) by the Texas State Board of Education on May 21, 2010. Now everyone can personally see what was adopted, and the public will no longer have to rely on the liberal-left media and other such groups who have deliberately misrepresented the work of the Texas State Board of Education members. Read commentary about the new standards at: www.texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com.