Reading – Writing – Arithmetic?
Character means more than party affiliation
All this time we thought our education tax dollars were intended for teaching “the three Rs”—reading ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. If the school boards would focus on the purpose for their creation, we would save ourselves a great deal of wasted time, emotional turmoil and tax dollars.
California provided the nation with a lesson on how far a state can go off the mission of academics with a bill passed last year. This new law is now forcing their school children to be indoctrinated in “politically correct” distractions pertaining to deviant lifestyles. Sadly, this is way off target and will prove to be a greater distraction to learning the basic essentials. California may find they have created more problems than they solved.
Missouri legislators made national news last week over a bill to dictate what schools can teach regarding perverted behavior. This story is particularly interesting to me since I was just in the community of Novinger, Northwest of Kirksville, the week before. When this area replaced a Democrat with a Republican, they thought it would be an upgrade. The new representative from Novinger just provided us with an example of why voting for a party alone does not represent our best interests.
The first four years I served in the House, this area was represented by a Republican. Then for four years, the area was represented by a Democrat. In 2010, this district reverted back to a Republican who now has betrayed the family-values image of the Republican Party as he held a press conference to announce his private preference of debasing himself with other men. Making a public spectacle of this information bolstered him to national attention. Since governments are not dragging people out of their bedrooms, why is his deviant lifestyle relevant to public policy?
The legislature does not require an accounting for private sins, but he wanted to make this announcement about his private escapades and is surrounded with some of his sympathizers, Anne Zerr, Mike Colena, Jeanette Mott Oxford who are standing with him:
Bullying is always bad. Our schools should never allow bullying for any reason. Many bad bills start with a false premise that we can force children to be nice to one another if we only have more laws, yet bullying can be caused by many reasons not at all related to the purpose of this bill.
Studies show that minors who practice deviant behavior are far more likely to commit suicide. The cause of the suicide is always multi-faceted. A notorious suicide from the Bible involved Judas who killed himself out of remorse after betraying Jesus. Many suicides are caused by guilt, embarrassment, despair or being abused as a child. Studies show that a person is 3-4 times more likely to attempt suicide if one is the victim of a perverted act. Many predators were molested as children. We should feel sorry for them in their plight but not use this as a reason to infect more innocent children with thoughts of immoral activities while they are attending school to learn how to read, write and do math. To push a political agenda on these students is another form of child abuse as well.
If one’s activities occur outside the school building, it is up to the parents to deal with the problem. If children are acting out with other school children, the teachers should protect them from each other. Since we rarely read about these acts taking place in the school building, it is far more important for the teachers to teach the subjects that will be appearing on the tests.
Parents are charged with the duty of protecting and caring for their children from birth until they can function independently. If there are problems, the parents need to deal with their local school teachers, principals or school boards until they are satisfied that their children are not being harmed. Don’t stop until you are confident your children are safe-even if that means pulling them out of their current setting. Your children are depending on you to keep their bodies, souls and spirits safe. Here are some helpful tips.
Most teachers went into the profession to educate our next generation. My advice is to just stick to the academics. Ultimately, the only hope for our state and nation is in calling out and placing our trust in God for help. Last Thursday, I was asked to pray for our government during the National Day of Prayer Ceremony in my county. You can read my prayer here. You can watch the YouTube video here.
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A Little Bit of Humor…
“How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?”
“Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too”
“Just leave all the lights on…it makes the house look more cheery”
“Let me smell that shirt — Yeah, it’s good for another week”
“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day”
“Well, if Timmy’s mom says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”
“The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.”
“I don’t have a tissue with me… just use your sleeve”
“Don’t bother wearing a jacket – the wind-chill is bound to improve”
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