Monthly Archives: December 2015

Reason 102: Because The Institution Will Put As Much Porn In Your Children’s Hands As They Can Get By With

Here ‘s a story that’s been on going. It involves a poor father, William Baer, who finally discovers that the schoolhouse is no place for his child. Unfortunately he thought it was an isolated event, and so tried to fix it… and got himself arrested. From the CBS story:

Baer’s daughter was assigned to read “Nineteen Minutes,” by Jodi Picoult, for her Gilford High School English class… There is some controversial material in the book, including a sex scene. “It reads like a transcript for a triple-X porno movie,” said Baer. “We had no notice of it whatsoever, no written notice, no verbal, nothing.” He took his concerns to a school board meeting. When he exceeded the allotted two minutes for public comments, he was told to stop talking. When he refused, he was arrested.

So what was the standard that the schoolhouse uses for “appropriate” material? The story gives us a clue here also:

School officials have said it has important themes, and its defenders say it’s thought-provoking and appropriate for the ninth graders who’ve read it there for years.

So there you have it. As long as your children’s porn “themes” provoke “thought”, and it has become “normal” based on the fact that they’ve been reading the porn for years, why then that makes it just hunky-dory cool as can be.

I hope this dad sees the evil that’s being perpetrated on his precious child. I hope is brings her home and fills her mind with things which are pure, righteous, praiseworthy and true. I hope he does.

H/T Glenn

 

 

 

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Reason 101: Because The Government That Teaches Your Child Has Fallen In Love With Islam

Why? That seems to be the biggest question about a state that has been at war on religion for a century suddenly falling in love with a cruel, brutal, ruthless and bloody religion. But to answer the question, one need to look no further than those very descriptors. Just a little perusal of history will reveal that such descriptors also fit quite well with governmental regimes throughout history. Statist love Islam because Islam is a statist religion, pure and simple. And the statist are going to do everything in their power to see to it that your child falls in love with a religion that gives them god-like power, because there’s nothing in this big old world that the statist loves more than power. The state, you see, hasn’t really had a century-long war on religion. It has had a century-long war on Christianity. And it has had a century-long war on Christianity because it has ultimately had a century-long war on God. And nowhere has that war been more overt than in the little innocent-looking schoolhouse down the street because while most parents might be in the dark about how to change the world, the state by no means is.

So we have this story from an opinion piece written by Tod Starnes:

Students practice calligraphy by writing “There is no god but Allah”

A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Female students at Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing — a story first reported by The Schilling Show.

The school district convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents.

“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News.

So one complaint is all it takes to shut down anything that might paint Jesus in a positive light. And here we have the school district holding meetings in which they defend the religion that they would just as soon your child adopt because it is one religion that does not distinguish between the state and god.

This does not bode well for your state-indoctrinated children. I can remember when districts held meetings, many years ago, to defend their take on homosexuality. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through the years it’s this: once the district holds a meeting about some “controversy”, it’s over. Though you might feel like the meetings are held to give you a voice, they are not. They are held to make you feel like you have a voice, and to inform you of what they’re going to do to your children, your “voice” be damned.

 

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Reason 100: Bonus! This Head Of The Teacher’s Union Gives You Lots Of Reasons

A video of the President of the NEA giving a cute little speech has surfaced on youtube. It’s just dripping with smug arrogance as she rattles off a litany of things the “teacher” does. She not only manages to insult the mentally challenged–but that’s ok, she’s a liberal, and you know the drill; there’s rules for the common pukes like you and your children, and then there’s rules for the elites like the presient of the NEA.

Much on her list of  “things” that teachers do, thrown out machine-gun style starting at 1:30, is a laundry list of things that define liberal ideology. That the NEA is all about indoctrinating children is one thing, and it is known. But to admit it? That’s kind of new.

But she also includes in her list things that parents tend to do, without feeling the need to organize a union. That’s because she’s the head of a society of hirelings; and together with the institution they desire to ensure your child becomes one of theirs in their thoughts and deeds.

This is not funny. What is happening at the schoolhouse down the street is real, and it’s evil, and wishing it not to be true helps no one. But it does hurt someone… your children.

 

 

 

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Reason99: Because The Problems With Your Child’s School Is Now Generationally Rooted.

“The Closing Of The American Mind” was written thirty years ago, and to those in the publishing industry’s surprise, it found its way to the top of the New York TImes best seller’s list. The author was a philosophy professor by the name of Allen Bloom, who begins his book with this sobering critique of the flow of students  pouring out of the government’s education institution.

There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard the proposition as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2 + 2=4 . These are things you don’t think about. The students’ backgrounds are as various as America can provide. Some are religious, some atheists; some are to the Left, some to the Right; some intend to be scientists, some humanists or professionals or businessmen; some are poor, some rich. They are unified only in their relativism and in their allegiance to equality. And the two are related in a moral intention. The relativity of truth is not a theoretical insight but a moral postulate, the condition of a free society, or so they see it. They have all been equipped with this framework early on, and it is the modern replacement for the inalienable natural rights that used to be the traditional American grounds for a free society… Relativism is necessary to openness; and this is the virtue, the only virtue, which all primary education for more than fifty years has dedicated itself to inculcating.

(excerpt from pages 25-26 you can download the bookk by copying and pasting  this address as a URL    http://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/14434540-The-Closing-of-the-American-Mind.pdf   )

If you’ve ever wondered why the school house can judge while decrying judgmentalism, or forbid to forbid, or demand tolerance while being intolerant, one need look no further than the reality painted so eloquently by this professor. Moral relativism is not a workable morality. It relies on the absolutes left to it by its Christian heritage. But that heritage is eventually exhausted. But it is very workable if the goal is to ensure generations of morally confused masses. Such masses will be ripe for worshipping their governments as gods, and more importantly,  for becoming serfs.

But more sobering than Bloom’s critique is the reality that it was a snapshot in time. Those students he spoke of are now administrators, senior teachers, school superintendents, DOE bureaucrats, congressmen, senators judges, and the president. They are also in control of the news and entertainment media which share in the task of  inculcating those values.

But worse than all that, they are now the parents of parents, which means that your child will be totally immersed in a system of education that is at least two generations deep into moral confusion. Not only will your children absorb moral confusion from their friends, the schoolhouse will reinforce them once he has. If your values are different, you will simply realize one day that your child doesn’t think like you do anymore.

Of course if this vortex of moral confusion seems like the place you’d like to see your child spinning around in, then there is one thing you can take to the bank, if the school fails your child in every other way, it will not fail to make him a worshiper his government as his god.

 

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Reason 98: Because Every Public School Campus Is An Unsafe Environment

If you know nothing else about the institution that you’re sending your child to for indoctrination, you should know at least these two things about what it teaches:  1) Government is god. 2)The institution serves the government.

So what does this mean? First, it means that the government is working tirelessly in usurping God as the arbiter of good and evil. Second, the institution serves, worships and pays tribute to the usurper, and it will do everything it can to teach your children to do the same.

This reality will play itself out in a variety of ways; this particular story gives us an example of just one of them. The god/state has declared nationalism to be evil, and multiculturalism good. No culture, therefore, is to be judged as any better or worse than any other culture. John Lennon summed up the anthem for this mindset in his song Imagine:

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

“Nothing to kill or die for” is key to my point today. The way the new god/state figures it, if there are no countries or religions there will be no more war, and Utopia will follow. So all things military are to be frowned upon. That all things military are evil is to be indoctrinated into your child’s mind.

We can see how this works in your schoolhouse in this story from Rockingham County, Virginia:

Student defends military to classmates — gets suspended

From the story:

No one is going to deride the U.S. military in front of Pvt. Mathew Clark and get away with it.

Clark, a student at Broadway High School and a member of the Army National Guard, was having lunch in the cafeteria Friday when he heard some other students ridicule the armed forces.

Video shot by his sister captured Mathew standing up at his table and announcing, “He just said that, troops that risk their lives every day are a disgrace to the military, and that they shouldn’t be in the military, and he can do our job better than we can.

…After the incident, Clark was suspended for creating “a major disturbance in the cafeteria, provoking some students to anger and creating a potentially unsafe environment,” according to a letter sent to his parents, WHSV reports.

Most people live their lives in a bovine slumber, easily herded into this mindset or that. So to them, charges against Clarke that he was “causing a major disturbance in the cafeteria” and “provoking other students to anger”sounds worthy of suspension. But we know that that’s not the real issue don’t we? It’s funny how the message the god/state doesn’t like is the one that we can count on to cause a “potentially unsafe environment”.

The truth is becoming ever more obvious that every public school campus is not potentially an unsafe environment… it IS an unsafe environment; and it’s not unsafe because of any speech a student might make, but because of what they’re teaching and indoctrinating there.

 

 

 

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Reason 97: Because The Institution Is Lost In A Moral Fog Of Its Own Making

Here we have a rotten, dirty deed dealt out on the high school gridiron.

It’s difficult to see how this was some kind of accident. But what of it? Someone might argue that there’s always going to be those who resort to this sort of thuggery. And I agree. And I will even go so far as to say that even if the state school was otherwise a decent place to send your children, this sort of thing could still happen. But that’s just it. The state school is a bad place to send your children even if there were no thugs poking people in their eyes and raping girls. The problem isn’t so much that the thugs are poking people in the eyes and the little jockstar rapists are raping men’s daughters you see, it’s that the institution is hamstrung as to what to do about it. It is in a moral quagmire of its own making. It denies on one hand that there is any basis for good and evil, and on the other it tries to turn those poor souls placed in their charge into decent citizens. Why that’s like trying to push the same wagon you’re riding in, and evidently the institution is either too stupid to realize that, or it has malicious intentions. And I for one don’t think the institution is run by idiots. Idiots aren’t smart enough to convince throngs of people to ship their beloved children off to such a morally retarded machine.

So let’s look at another football incident to make my point. We have a this CNN story  reporting that a war-veteran high school coach has the audacity to spend a moment praying on the 50 yardline after every game. From the article:

Bremerton High School assistant coach Joe Kennedy, whose suspension Wednesday came a day before the school’s final regular game of the season, cannot resume his job until he agrees not to pray while on duty as a coach,the Bremerton School District said in a letter posted online.

What a juxtaposition. On the one hand we have rapist and thugs playing on the football team, and on the other a coach fired for praying. And that’s why the institution is doomed. It’s taken on too large a task. It wants to be a god, and it’s only succeeded into turning itself into into a devil, and who wants that teaching their children?

 

 

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Reason 96: Children Learn Better At Home

Here is an excellent post from Apologia written by a woman who went back to school to get her PhD in educational psychology after her children graduated from their education at home. She was shocked by what she learned. This is what she had to say:

I can sum up what I found in one sentence: If we built a school from the ground up based on what the research shows as how children learn best…we’d build a home.

The article includes a list of:

8 reasons children learn best at home

  1. Children learn best when they believe their teacher and fellow students care about them.
  2. Children learn best when they have opportunities to pursue their interests.
  3. Children learn best when they can make choices and decisions about their learning.
  4. Children learn best when they can observe other students who model what success looks like.
  5. Children learn best when they have a teacher who is available to provide feedback and encouragement.
  6. Children learn best when the work they are asked to do is matched to what they are ready to learn.
  7. Children learn best when they can experience what they are studying firsthand.
  8. Children learn best when they have plenty of physical activity, sunshine, and fresh air.

We thought it would be difficult. It isn’t. Leaving the railroad tracks of “normal” is one of the best things we’ve ever done. It’s not a bed of roses. Nothing is. But we shudder to think of the memories and life experiences that would have been lost had we fed our children to the yellow monster-come-feeding in the mornings.

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Reason 95: Because The Institution Is Facist

Before I start let me remind you that the student in the article below is just a student. She cannot write law. She cannot enforce law. She cannot even vote for law. She’s not even a subject of the state as much as she is a child of a subject. Only the state can put laws on the books or take laws off the books, or enforce the laws that IT has put on the books. This truth is so quickly forgotten in discussions involving illegal immigration, and it’s forgotten by design.

Statist love to feign helplessness by pretending that laws come from some magical source, and that they, the statists, are just as much victims of law as the next slave.

So we have here a poor girl here who must have been told something by someone about free speech. And she’s learning that that freedom is only a freedom at the pleasure of the statist institution called her public school. Here is the story from Breitbart:

A High School cheerleader in Revere, Mass., is being benched for the rest of the season as punishment for her post on Twitter about illegal immigrants.

“When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal,” Caley Godino posted on Twitter reported Boston’s Fox 25. The post was “a response to a tweet from her teacher about the low voter turnout for November’s mayoral race. Caley says she meant her tweet as a political comment, not a racial one,” Fox 25 reported…

Students complained about Godino’s post on Twitter, so the Revere Superintendent Dianne Kelly stepped in and told Fox 25 that the school district “believes in freedom of speech, but cannot support what she calls insensitive language.”

“If you’re going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive, then you need to be prepare to deal with the ramifications of that,” the superintendent declared.

What a great setup for turning children into slaves. First, write law. Then invite people to break that law. Then when people complain that the law is being broken enforce laws that are not written anywhere at all on that person. When the children get older they will have ceased to think in terms of laws, but rather in terms of the whims of their lords and masters in the big state. And that’s exactly the way the state needs them to think.

Sorry, it might costs my children a thing or two to remember freedom, and to seek to restore it. But it is my hope that  they won’t be listening to the sorry tunes being played by the state pied piper as they march mindlessly into slavery.

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Reason 94: Because The Institution Doesn’t Say What It Means Nor Mean What It Says

I’ve written about clock-boy before. But this is not about him. It’s about the love affair that the institution has with Islam, and the hatred it has for Christianity. When the subject of Christianity comes up you will notice all of a sudden that the constitution is very specific. It says right in there that you can’t, in any way, shape, fashion or form have anything whatsoever to do, under any circumstances, so help me God, with religion. It says that very thing right there in your constitution… somewhere. And I’m sure you can understand the position the poor institution finds itself in.

But the fact that that’s a big fat lie notwithstanding, there’s a big problem with the institution taking such a stand, that problem being that they only mean it when they want to mean it, and discard it when they want to discard it, and in the end your child loses.

So we have this from Breitbart:

Muslim Former Texas Student’s Unexpected Revelations of ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed’s School

Of course, the schoolhouse is ground zero when it comes to molding the future, so these sorts of events are constant in the schoolhouse. But I’m interested in the words of another Muslim student in this red-state school. Her name is Jamil, and she sent an email to the principle praising her school for not treating Islam the same way it treats Christianity. Well, that’s not exactly what she said, but read this and judge for yourself if it isn’t true:

Jamali describes the opposite picture, [from the one clock-boy is trying to paint] calling “Mac” the place that changed her life, where she felt “respected as a Muslim.” She dubbed Irving ISD a place “that taught pride, accommodated Muslim prayer and dietary needs” and where “students of my religious community, including me, (are granted) two weeks every year to attend a religious ceremony.” Jamali wrote they allowed her to take “a whole month of school off and go for Haj.”

It seems that the school doesn’t really mean what it says about what it says the constitution says, except when it does mean what it says about what the constitution doesn’t really say. If that sounds confusing to you it ought to, because it’s as confused of a saying as your child will be as a thinker when the state’s done with her. But it doesn’ t have to be that way. Always remember that when the yellow monster gobles your child up in the morning.

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Reason 93: Because The Institution Would Rather Diagnose Your Child With ADHD Than Admit That It’s A Big Fat Failure

The education institution is like a massive, big-government sized, steel shoehorn that forces every foot into it’s cruel, one-size-fits all, jackboot. Spirits are crushed. Creativity is suppressed. Thinking is discouraged. Standardized tests are idolized. Children are broken. Here is a story from The Washington Post:

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

From the story:

 

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goes home with green smiley faces for good behavior. Every day this child is reminded that his behavior is unacceptable, simply because he can’t sit still for long periods of time.

The mother starts crying. “He is starting to say things like, ‘I hate myself’ and ‘I’m no good at anything.’” This young boy’s self-esteem is plummeting all because he needs to move more often.

Over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHD.

The institution cannot work outside of the iron box of the institution. And in one regard it can’t be necessarily be blamed. It is a conveyor belt education system. It is a machine assigned the task of educating the masses. And if that weren’t enough, it is also a bloated cancerous bureaucracy of a machine, carrying twice its own weight in leeches and parasites of every imaginable variety. Everyone who is anyone wants their schemes and ideas on the docket to be taught, no matter how whacked out those schemes might seem to normal people, because they know that if they can get their ideas taught now, they can get them legislated later. The very last thing on the institution’s mind is your particular child, and her learning style.

 

When you teach your own child you learn how she learns. Some children can sit all day at a desk. Some can’t. At home you can tailor the education to a particular child’s disposition. It might come as a surprise to the bureaucrat, or the exper, but not every child is suited for spending long periods of their day sitting in a chair. But it’s no surprise at all to a parent who actually loves her child, and has spent some time teaching her.

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