A previous blog talked about all the furor surrounding the speech that Mr. Obama gave over television to public school children and suggested that the use of public schools by government officials to promote a specific agenda was a good reason to homeschool.
And if that’s not reason enough to keep your kids out of government schools, here’s this: In an item headlined "Normalizing transgenderism in schools," Pete Chagnon of OneNewsNow reported on 9/2/2009 that the homosexual movement in Vermont is using a transgender-rights law to force middle schools and high schools to provide unisex bathrooms. Brian Camenker of MassResistance notes that a 16-year-old transgendered teen has asked the Vermont Human Rights Commission to lend its support to the effort. According to an Associated Press report, the student claims that she and others like her need the unisex bathrooms in order to avoid bullying and ridicule. A homosexual activist with Outright Vermont is quoted in the story as saying their "hope is that this is the first statewide gender-neutral bathroom campaign in the country." Camenker is concerned that a similar effort could take place in Massachusetts should that state’s transgender rights and hate crimes bill [H1728] pass. "Well, it’s a huge problem," he explains. "Number one…it legitimizes the concept of transgenderism among middle-school kids, which is completely absurd and offensive and medically dangerous. The medical community recognizes gender-identity disorder as something that needs psychological help, you know — not this politically correct pandering that actually causes more self-destruction." Camenker also argues that activists will use the unisex bathroom argument to get their foot in the door and then that will lead to more transgender indoctrination and diversity training within America’s middle and high schools.
Another reason to keep your children out of public schools: At least in California, but it may be coming to a local school near you too someday. In an item headlined, “Lawmakers: Schoolkids must study ‘sexual predator’–Biography of ‘gay’ activist Harvey Milk outlines relationships with underage boys” on September 4, 2009, Bob Unruh ofWorldNetDaily reported that lawmakers in California have voted to pressure all schoolchildren in the state to study and "honor" the life and values of homosexual activist Harvey Milk, whose biography tells of sexual escapades, including relationships with young boys. The California State Assembly now has passed a bill calling on all California public schools to hold an annual "day of significance" honoring the life and values of Milk. SB572 was approved on a 45 (all Democrats) to 27 (all Republicans) vote yesterday. "The Democrat politicians are telling schoolchildren to honor a sexual predator of teens, a homosexual sex addict who advocated polygamous relationships, and a public liar who justified his deceit," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, a leading pro-family, pro-child organization. "By passing ‘Harvey Milk Gay Day,’ these Democrat politicians have declared war on children’s innocence in exchange for political favors from homosexual groups," Thomasson said. The bill now returns to the Democrat-controlled state Senate, which approved the plan in May, and ultimately will be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did veto the measure a year ago. "’Harvey Milk Gay Day’ would teach schoolkids all about the life and very controversial values of Harvey Milk," said Thomasson. "Based on the historical record of Milk’s sordid life, this could include teaching elementary and secondary schoolchildren that adult-child homosexual ‘sex’ is OK, having multiple sexual relationships at the same time is OK, and telling a very public lie is good if it ‘gets you ahead.’ This instruction, whether taught directly or indirectly, is not what parents want or children need." Thomasson cited the biography of Milk by Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, "The Mayor of Castro Street." He said the 1982 book detailed Milk’s sexual relationships with a 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and other young men. Among the references from the book: "… 16-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure … At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him." (pages 30-31) The book also explains, "It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life." Shilts documented how Milk said multiple relationships were just fine: "As homosexuals, we can’t depend on the heterosexual model…We grow up with the heterosexual model, but we don’t have to follow it. We should be developing our own life-style. There’s no reason why you can’t love more than one person at a time. You don’t have to love them all the same…" The text of SB572 states that, "On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state" shall be conducted; specifically, "all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe…and…conduct suitable commemorative exercises." "This bill is not about ‘gay rights’ or ‘stopping harassment,’" said Thomasson. "Instead, SB572 is outright promotion of everything Harvey Milk believed in – the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual agenda pushed upon schoolchildren as young as kindergarten, without parental permission."
Fake nurse examines students at Mid-South high school: Barb Frank listed this item under the “What our kids are missing out on” department. On Sept. 4, 2009 WMC-TV of Marion, AK, reported that Marion High School was trying to determine how a fake nurse was allowed to examine more than 90 students. One student said.,"We were told that the physicals were performed at our school were fake, and the lady that did the physicals she wasn’t exactly a nurse, and that we had to retake physicals." At the time, news media outlets were not identifying the woman because she hadn’t been charged. But law enforcement investigators confirm that a woman posing as a qualified nurse was allowed into the school and proceeded to exam dozens of students. A Crittenden County Sheriff’s office spokesperson said the case was turned over to state police because the woman in question used to work at the sheriff’s office as a part time bookkeeper. Students wanted to know no one bothered to check her credentials. "I think they’re kind of slacking on their job because they let her in there," one student said. School administrators said that they couldn’t give an explanation because it’s a pending legal matter. Superintendent Don Johnston could only say the district is taking the appropriate actions. Meanwhile, students said they rely on the grown-ups at school to protect them and to know the difference between a fake and the real thing. "It’s just very freaky," one student said. [Editor’s note: I should think so! WSW.]
Homeschoolers–beware of public "charter school" options, because this might happen: On September 2, 2009, World Net Daily reported that a lawsuit is challenging Idaho officials who contend the state constitution forbids use of the Bible in a charter school opening this fall. The Idaho Public Charter School Commission told Nampa Classical Academy, which is opening its public charter school with more than 500 students this year, that its charter will be revoked if it includes the Bible as any part of its curriculum. The Alliance Defense Fund has filed an action against the Idaho Public Charter School Commission on behalf of Nampa Classical Academy, which, the ADF reports, was threatened with the revocation of its charter if it uses the Bible or any other religious documents or text as part of its curriculum resources. "The Bible shouldn’t be singled out for censorship in public schools, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that it is entirely constitutional for it to be studied objectively as an educational resource," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. "The commission is basing its determination to revoke the charter on its mistaken interpretation of the state constitution’s establishment clause. The authors of the Idaho Constitution clearly understood that history cannot be adequately taught without reference to significant religious texts. The commission’s interpretation is quite obviously not what constitution’s authors intended." According to deputy Attorney General Jennifer Swartz, the state constitution "limits use of religious texts expressly." She quoted from the document statements that "religious test and teaching in schools prohibited. No religious test or qualification shall ever be required of any person as a condition of admission into any public education institution of the state, either as teacher or student, and no teacher or student of any such institution shall ever be required to attend or participate in any religious services whatever. No sectarian or religious tenets or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public schools, nor shall any distinction or classification of pupils be made on account of race or color. No books, papers, tracts or documents of a political, sectarian or denominational character shall be used or introduced in any schools established under the provisions of this article, nor shall any teacher or any district receive any of the public school moneys in which the schools have not been taught in accordance with the provision of the article." However, the state Department of Education’s own website promotes a teaching resource under "Readings for Writers" that includes this description of its content: "a passionate defense of Islam by a Muslim faithful." The lawsuit notes the Idaho Board of Education already has approved the use of the Bible "as literature in public education curricula." "The Idaho Constitution, article IX, section 6, upon which the denial was based, does not prohibit ‘religious documents or text.’ Rather it prohibits ‘books, papers, tracts or documents of a political, sectarian or denominational character’ and prohibits ‘sectarian or religious tenets or doctrines,’" the lawsuit said. Events like this emphasize the need for homeschoolers who want to include the Bible in their curriculum to remain independent.
State Forces School to Let Boy Use Girls’ Room: David E. Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute suggested another reason why you might want to consider keeping your children out of public schools. And if it happens in Maine, when will it happen elsewhere? “When a sexual orientation law in Maine was passed in 2005, it was the most radical of its kind ever. The law not only protected homosexuals from discrimination, it also prohibited discrimination on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression.’ ‘Gender identity’ is the belief that one is either male or female, regardless of one’s biological sex. ‘Gender expression’ is the dress, hairstyle, and the like which expresses one’s perceived gender. One result of this law is what happened at the Asa C. Adams Elementary School when a twelve year old boy, a fifth grader, wanted to use the girls’ room. The school offered a compromise — the use of a unisex faculty bathroom. The boy’s parents then claimed the school was discriminating against their child, who thinks he is a girl. When denied entry into the girls’ bathroom, a case was filed and The Human Rights Commission concluded unanimously that the school discriminated against the boy.” You can read more about this at the following website.