It is not hard to produce solid reasons as to why our school system is in need of a major overhaul. On a daily basis horror stories can be found indicting our out-of-control education system. The stranglehold of political correctness, secular humanism and leftist ideology seems to grow by the day.
The latest outrage concerns a 13-year-old school girl who was failed because she refused to write an assignment on life in a gay community. The Year 9 student at Windaroo Valley State High School, south of Brisbane, did not wish to do the assignment because of her religious and moral convictions, but the teacher simply failed her instead of giving her an alternative.
And to make matters worse, the students in the class were warned not to tell their parents about the assignment. I wonder why.
Opposition Leader Jeff Seeney said it was time to get common sense back in the classroom: “It’s no wonder our kids are struggling with the basics when the Government is allowing this sort of rubbish to be taught in the classroom. The Beattie Labor Government has created a system that tries to tell kids what to think instead of teaching them how to think. It is completely out of line for students to be graded on their moral beliefs. It’s not the job of our schools to politicise our children. It is their function to provide our kids with the basics, like reading, writing and maths.”
Exactly. Why do 13-year-olds even need to be debating such controversial topics? It is perhaps one thing for older teenagers to discuss such issues, but to push a radical homosexual agenda on such young students, and seek to drive a wedge between parent and child, is reprehensible.
This is just another glaring example of how brainwashing and indoctrination have increasingly replaced education in our school system. We seem not to be concerned about getting our kids to think, to read, to count, and to master basic concepts. Instead, we seem to want our children to be PC zombies, all mouthing and living the same PC dictates.
Such cookie-cutter indoctrination was of course the stuff of the former communist police states. But it should have no place in a modern democratic nation.
This story in fact is just another very timely example of what Education Minister Julie Bishop complained about last week when she spoke of a left-wing dominance of our school system. Is it any wonder that so many parents are voting with their feet and putting their kids in private schools or resorting to home-schooling?
Parents are fed up with the rubbish being force-fed our children. And rightly so. It is clearly time for a thorough cleanup of our education departments. The left-wing bureaucrats will put up a fight of course. They have had their own way for too long. But our children deserve better.
This sad story can be read about in the October 8, 2006 Sunday Mail: