Public Education’s Assault On Our Children

These are scary days to have our kids in public schools. Most of these schools have long ago ceased being places where the three R’s are taught, and have instead become hothouses of radical agendas and PC indoctrination. Brainwashing, not education, seems to be the order of the day in many public schools.

Examples are easy to come by, and I have documented many such cases in the past. Here are a few more. I begin with presentations at a recent gathering of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Now this can be a worrying group to begin with, but their latest outbursts have really got parents concerned.

This is how one report covers the story: “The theme of this year’s CSW is the ‘access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology.’ While delegates are busy negotiating resolutions and outcome documents, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN organizations campaign for the installation of socially radical curriculums in Africa and America alike.

“‘Oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education,’ Diane Schneider told the audience at a panel on combating homophobia and transphobia. Schneider, representing the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the US, advocated for more ‘inclusive’ sex education in US schools, with curricula based on liberal hetero and homosexual expression. She claimed that the idea of sex education remains an oxymoron if it is abstinence-based, or if students are still able to opt-out.

“Comprehensive sex education is ‘the only way to combat heterosexism and gender conformity,’ Schneider proclaimed, ‘and we must make these issues a part of every middle and high-school student’s agenda.’ ‘Gender identity expression and sexual orientation are a spectrum,’ she explained, and said that those opposed to homosexuality ‘are stuck in a binary box that religion and family create.’

“A Belgian panelist at the same event explained how necessary it was to have government support when educating about anti-discrimination issues. He claimed that the ‘positive, pro-LGBT policies in Belgian schools are a direct consequence of liberal and open-minded legislation in Belgium,’ and went on to stress the importance of states in providing relevant materials for students and schoolteachers.

“He also held up Belgium’s ‘gender in the blender’ programs, which are discussion-based programs for Belgian teachers who want to discuss gender and transgender issues in their courses, as a model for other nations who wished to encourage their teachers to address these topics.

“The UN system was also advocating for the sexualization of youth at this year’s CSW. A panel sponsored in part by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) advocated for ‘comprehensive sex education’ not only as a tool to combat ‘gender oppression,’ but also as the key to achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals. The panelists presented the highly controversial UNESCO guidelines on Sex Education, as well as a new IPPF-sponsored curriculum as the gold standard for comprehensive sex education.

“Both curriculums promote a liberal approach to sex, approve of masturbation, and expose children to graphic content in their youngest years. The panelists also insisted that these programs be implemented in schools in order to reach as many students as possible, and they also recommended they start as soon as possible, given the fact that many girls in developing countries leave school before the age of sixteen.”

Wow, that should be enough to cause any parent to rethink having kids in public schools. But wait, there’s more. Chuck Norris has been collecting headlines from the past few weeks about what the education elites in the US have in mind for our children:

“U.S. teachers tell U.N. sex is a ‘spectrum’ – advocate mandatory classes to free students from ‘religion'”
“Principal orders Ten Commandments yanked from school lockers”
“Teens ask for more sex ed, greater condom availability”
“State university defines Christians as ‘oppressors'”
“Why Catholic schools score better than public schools”
“Teachers take charge to save ailing public schools”
“Schools’ mandatory Arabic classes create firestorm”
“District taking money, but censoring Christians?”
“No opting out of pro-gay school propaganda”
“District pays up for slamming student’s rosary”
“Judge cites homeschoolers for violating U.N. mandate – Police interrogate parents, confiscate their curriculum”
“Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment”

He continues, “Dr. Jim Nelson Black, founder and senior policy analyst of the Sentinel Research Associates in Washington, D.C., wrote an excellent book, ‘Freefall of the American University.’ In it, he documents the clear biases pervading our public academic settings. Among that lopsidedness is the intentional training of students to disdain America, freely experiment sexually, forcefully defend issues like abortion and homosexuality, as well as become cultural advocates for political correctness, relativism, globalization, green agendas and tolerance for all.

“One of the primary ways these educative platforms are spread is by recruiting and retaining faculty members who reflect and teach them. For example, citing from the polling firm of Luntz Research, Dr. Black notes that the 57 percent of faculty members represented in our most esteemed universities are Democrats (only 3 percent Republican) and 64 percent identify themselves as liberal (only 6 percent conservative). Moreover, 71 percent of them disagree that ‘news coverage of political and social issues reflects a liberal bias in the news media.’ And the No. 1 answer they gave to the question, ‘Who has been the best president in the past 40 years?’ was Bill Clinton (only 4 percent said Ronald Reagan).

“This is why it is no surprise that the two largest teachers unions, the NEA and AFT, are the largest campaign contributors in the nation (giving more than the Teamsters, NRA or any other organization), and that 90 percent of their contributions fund Democratic candidates. In doing so, do we think such funding is going to balance traditional and conservative values in public schools?

“The impact of progressivism is being experienced by students across this land, hundreds of thousands of whom have already cried out with complaints of academic inequity. A sampling of the hundreds of student grievances from across the academic spectrum can even be found on websites like the Students for Academic Freedom and NoIndoctrination.org.

“It is also no surprise that an average of 6,000 students every year is leaving the approximately 94,000 public schools in America. If the power-to-be over our public schools, like government and unions, continue to oppose conservative curricula and impose overarching liberal educational revisions and laws, public schools will continue to experience an exodus.

“I fully realize there are some great conservative people on the staffs of many public schools and universities, but I know virtually all of them would concur that a liberal bias in our academic curricula and system is overwhelmingly dominant and ubiquitous.”

If you ever wondered why good kids go bad, this is a good part of the answer. Our schools have become some of the most hostile places on earth when it comes to our children. Kids are in the crosshairs of radical activists and PC brainwashers.

No wonder so many parents are voting with their feet and opting for homeschooling or private Christian or independent schooling. There is nothing more important than the next generation, and if the best way to protect our kids is to remove them from public education, then the sooner the better.

www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1798/pub_detail.asp

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19 Replies to “Public Education’s Assault On Our Children”

  1. Another great post, Bill.

    There is only one way whereby parents can be empowered to exercise genuine freedom of choice for their children’s education, and that is to introduce school vouchers.

    Instead of government funding favouring government schools, government should give equal education funding for every child of school age, irrespective of the school attended, government or independent.

    I’ve written about this in greater detail in an article, “Introducing choice for parents: Ten questions and answers about school vouchers”.
    URL: http://www.newsweekly.com.au/articles/1993may08_cover.html

    Keep up the great work, Bill!

    John Ballantyne, Melbourne

  2. Wow – when did Chuck Norris see the light? I saw this first hand about 15 years ago – two twin brothers home-schooled, very smart, got the marks to get into Sydney University in Engineering. Within the first year, they had almost lost their faith in God. It turned out that the lecturers would mock God & Christians with impunity, especially creationism. Their faith slowly ebbed away, until their parents sat them down and said discover for yourself if Christianity is true – do due diligence, study, ask, seek and knock. The twins did and in fact, 1 has invented a robotic mining device! These guys were from a strong Christian home, pity those who have no Christian background. God Bless you Bill.
    Neil Innes, NT

  3. Goodonya, again Bill. And thanks. This is the worry we have in NSW with the introduction of an Ethics strand in State Schools as an alternative to Special Religious Education (‘Scripture classes’). Sure, now, they discuss how to keep your integrity when you have invitations to two parties you’d like to attend. Sounds pretty harmless, really. But where next? The homosexual lobby are, no doubt, delighted with the opportunities coming their way.
    Andrew Campbell

  4. I watched the film Brokeback Mountain recently, hoping it would shed some light on homosexual love and what motivates same sex relationships. I tried to empathize with the two protagonists but found the plot unconvincing and too much like propaganda for homosexual relationships. An unhappy scene of heterosexual family life complete with a screaming baby was thrown in the mix together with an affirming mother whose son was beaten up and murdered for being homosexual. After the film I felt as if I had been dipped in something murky. Nothing against homosexuals, it’s just that the activities I saw were alien to me and I felt revulsion. I spoke to others who had a similar reaction – they had no animosity to homosexuals but it was just not their scene. I was shocked to learn later that the star, Heath Ledger, had died aged 28 probably from a prescription drug overdose.

    I had a similar sense of shock after watching a TV drama about the life of the late camp comedian Frankie Howard, who I remember fondly and whose innuendos and silly catch phrases always made me laugh. According to the dramatization, his father had often sexually abused him which made me see the comic as a tragic figure. I was haunted by the harsh reality which apparently lurked behind his public clowning for a couple of days after seeing the broadcast.

    If these two presentations upset me at the age of 64, what hope for children – junior or high – who are coerced into accepting as the norm strange sexual behaviour, yes strange, to people who are not attracted to the same sex – instead of learning elementary human reproduction at an appropriate age. Scant regard is given to the likelihood that these children might be traumatized. For adults to make a career out of grooming and deceiving children in this way is, in my opinion, pathetic. There are lots of other things to do and learn about instead of thinking about sex, sex, sex. These adults are only looking after their own interests.

    God has not yet been scientifically disproved. Until such time we would all do well to be mindful of the words in the bible (1 Corinthians 6: 19)
    “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

    Rachel Smith

  5. Independent schools are also now required to teach “sexual health” as part of their Personal development, health and physical education syllabus and it is a HSC requirement. Looking at our year 9 students book in that subject, it may not quite be as bad as what you described in your article, Bill, it is still not what we would have chosen to have taught our children about. Marriage doesn’t even get mentioned.
    Ursula Bennett, Moruya, NSW

  6. It seems to me that schools are taking more and more parental responsibility. It’s not just the three R’s any more. The state decided parents weren’t educating teens about contraception and so ‘sex ed’ was invented, the state sees an obesity problem and so school teach nutrition, the state sees kids with behaviour problems and so self-esteem, socialisation, etc enter the curriculum in fact schools spend so much time doing the parents job they don’t have time to teach academics.

    If schools gave the job of parenting back to parents our kids wouldn’t have to be at school more than a few hours a day.

    To many Christian parents are blinded by a belief that education is neutral and not Christian or non-Christian. Or they think they can counter school at home by talking to their kids about what they have been taught. This may be so in some cases but in my experience talking to teens about school involves mainly one word responses.

    Kylie Anderson

  7. Bill and John, I disagree with the idea of education vouchers because they do not solve the big problem of funding – the amended golden rule which says “he who has the gold makes the rule”.

    It’s all about controlling the education process (John Dewey and all the humanist agenda) and the curriculum in particular, so that children become prey to the manipulation of those wanting to ‘mess with their minds’.

    John Angelico

  8. I used to think that private schooling should get government funding. If that funding then gives the government the right to dictate what can’t be included then funding free schooling is better if that means we can tell the education department to butt out.
    Aaron Downs

  9. Thanks Aaron, and John

    Yes direct government subsidies to Christian schools can be a real problem, as they can then demand of the schools what they can and cannot teach. But a voucher system puts the money into the hands of parents to decide where their children can go. Of course if governments start pulling the strings with that money as well, then there can be problems with a voucher system. But otherwise it is a much more helpful and preferable alternative.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  10. I watched part 1 of the video you refer to above. The storytime section almost makes me ashamed to be a librarian.
    Ross McPhee

  11. It would be so easy to give in to despair when considering the current satanic onslaught against our vulnerable youth. That would certainly suit the enemy very nicely.

    It helps me to avoid that trap when I remind myself that Jesus has promised to be with His church till the end of time, so I only have to keep focussed on Him and my little part in His plan for bringing in the Kingdom. We must, each one, attend to that as best we can, and leave the rest to Him.

    For those of us who are old and increasingly housebound prayer and fasting are the most likely ways we can serve and good information can encourage us to be faithful to that calling. (Thanks Bill for keeping us informed.)

    Perhaps one positive in the face of such blatant evil is precisely that it is so brazenly open. Many who have previously been blind to what is going on, must surely be alerted to the truth and be compelled to resist the onslaught.

    Courage friends — “There are more with us than there are with them ”

    Anna Cook

  12. I know the things the schools are teaching today may not be the choice of the parents. I also hear the cry that the school is now taking over the parents role. My 14 year old granddaughter has been so well grounded in Biblical teaching that she explained to their sex-ed class that abstinence was the only safe contraceptive. She has such a relationship with her Lord, that she finishes up talking to her teachers and showing them the right way. She has also been given books on apologetics to read to prepare her for Uni. So why don’t other Christian parents ensure that their children are prepared for what they might be taught at school.
    Bev Ward

  13. I’d love to see Chuck Norris in the White House 🙂

    He would be far better than the last action hero who tried his hand at politics.

    Mario Del Giudice

  14. I see the need for Christian teachers bring light to the dark places, like today’s public schools. That’s why, after retiring early, I went back to a public university to get by M.Ed – Science Education – Physics. I am now a high school teacher motivating students to learn how to learn.

    When I tell them that there is “nothing more self-gratifying than learning” they look at me as if I had forgot about sex. Once they start learning, they always agree.

    My other daily reminder in that in my class, “I will not tolerate those who only look at themselves, That’s selfish. Instead they are to look up to see opportunities that are passing by.”

    Students are hungry for challenges that enable them to improve. Learning does just that.

    A good learner is a humble investigator. When a learner decides to investigate Christ, he or she will find Him to be the Truth.

    As a Christian teacher in a public high school, I have two goals:

    1) teach the students to be self-learners

    2) let the students see the light of Christ through my attitudes and behavior.

    Bill Daniel

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