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Only in California? Donít Bet on It (What's on your child's school supply list?- Pop Quiz)
Catholic Lane ^ | August 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks

Posted on 08/03/2011 2:37:05 PM PDT by NYer

I recently heard the first radio ad of the season for school supplies, so it won’t be long before the bell rings and America’s children file back into the classroom for another year.

Perfect timing for a pop quiz. Everyone grab a No. 2 lead pencil and join in.

Question 1: At the end of the past school year, an elementary school in Oakland, Calif., took some heat from parents for telling their students there are more than two: A) ways to skin a cat; B) political parties in America; C) sides to every argument; D) genders.

The answer is D, of course.

At Redwood Heights Elementary School, the gender-bending “Gender Spectrum and Diversity Training” program – lasting two days – included the notion that there are “different ways to be boys and different ways to be girls,” according to a report by the Culture and Media Institute. The public school used a $1,500 grant from the California Teachers Association to fund the program, which also featured a visit from single-sex Hawaiian geckos and transgender clown fish.

Must be the kids in Oakland are already so well-versed in the core curriculum that they have time on their hands to consider the New Age issue of sexual identity, that being, “With which gender do I identify today?”

Really, if you don’t know by now that gender identity is “fluid” and can change throughout the life cycle, you’re clearly not paying attention.

Let’s move on to the next question and come back to this issue later.

Question 2: According to a report by the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at Mills College, Calif., students’ knowledge of civics can be described as: A) comparable to that of John Adams; B) comparable to that of Speaker of the House John A. Boehner; C) comparable to that of Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy; D) comparable to that of a potted plant.

The answer is D, potted plant.

OK, that’s not exactly what CERG’s California Survey of Civic Education said, but here’s what it did say: “v verall students only averaged a little over 60 percent correct on the commonly used survey items designed to test civics content knowledge, a low ‘D’ on most grading scales. While these results are consistent with national assessments, they are especially disturbing considering that the 12th graders surveyed had taken a course in U.S. government during their senior year.”

California – and the nation – has a big problem when it comes to the civics education of our children. What little they learn through the social studies curriculum amounts to a watered-down version of “democracy” (small d), and certainly not an understanding of the sophisticated and complex constitutional republic that is our form of government.

But just in time for the new school year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature are beefing up their social studies standards. Earlier this month, the governor signed into law “gay curriculum standards” that will require the Golden State’s children not only to learn about “gay history” in America, but will also seek to identify the sexual orientation of historical figures and highlight those who are gay, lesbian, transgendered or bisexual.

The new standards are meant to indoctrinate California’s children on the issue of homosexuality, and portray those who don’t accept the normalcy of such behavior as bigoted (that would be you, Christians, Orthodox Jews and Muslims).

As for the question of how an LGBT curriculum will improve the already dismal civic education of California’s children, the answer is pathetically obvious. It won’t.

Now, the last question on our pop quiz: How long will it be before the California social studies standards on LGBT figures in history sweeps the nation and becomes the law of the land?

The answer is A – A New York minute.


TOPICS: Education; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: ca; gender; homosexualagrnda

Columnist Marybeth Hicks, a wife of 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She is the author of The Perfect World Inside My Minivan -- One Mom's Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia, a compilation of her columns. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. She currently writes a column for the Washington Times. This column first appeared in and is reprinted with permission from the Washington Times. Visit her Web site, www.marybethhicks.com or send e-mail to marybeth.hicks@comcast.net.



1 posted on 08/03/2011 2:37:10 PM PDT by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


2 posted on 08/03/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

I will this is high on the list with our lesbo mayor here in Houston.


3 posted on 08/03/2011 2:52:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: NYer

“Really, if you don’t know by now that gender identity is “fluid” and can change throughout the life cycle, you’re clearly not paying attention.”

Hey! It’s just like the Constitution!


4 posted on 08/03/2011 2:53:33 PM PDT by jessduntno (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: NYer

We are working on getting a referendum on the ballot to overturn this hogwash.

http://stopsb48.com/get-involved/sign-the-petition/

Everyone go and download and sign the petition who is a CA registered voter - even if you don’t want to circulate petitions, you can download one or two for your own household, fill it out and mail it in.

Spread the word.


5 posted on 08/03/2011 2:53:33 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: NYer

I looked in two stores this week for #3 hard lead pencils. They weren’t there. I’ll have to order online.


6 posted on 08/03/2011 2:54:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: NYer

Legal no. 2 pencil... so what constitutes an illegal pencil?


7 posted on 08/03/2011 2:59:03 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: NYer
"which also featured a visit from single-sex Hawaiian geckos"

I knew there was something just not right about that GEICO lizard.

8 posted on 08/03/2011 3:03:29 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Soothesayer9

I don’t know. But I was foolish, and typed the phrase into the dreaded Google:

http://www.google.com/search?q=illegal%20pencil&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Did you know about the “Illegal Pencil Fighting Championships?”


9 posted on 08/03/2011 3:33:42 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: NYer

There are times when My Shorter, Cuter Half™and I are mildly frustrated by living in a small town. TLMs are far away. No close music store (for me). But for the most part, it is a rather conservative town. The county line has a sign indicating a respect for farming. And so far, in the eight years we’ve lived here, none of this sort of hooh-hah has yet come into view. Our county has a lot of home-schoolers, as well. If worse came to worse, we’d join ‘em.

Governor Brown is the same “man” he was before. And, unfortunately, the awful progressive element that was beginning to flourish when I last lived there is just as bad as ever. Now that I think about it, it’s somewhat surprising that California hasn’t made a more concerted effort to stamp out any but public schooling. I guess that’s next on the agenda.


10 posted on 08/03/2011 3:48:12 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: NYer

There ARE more that two genders. There’s masculine (e.g. him, his, steward), feminine (e.g. her, hers, stewardess), and neuter (e.g. it, its, pencil).

Once they get us confused about sex and gender, they’ve won. When we can’t tell the difference, all that remains is for us to make fools of ourselves arguing that there are only two genders - like Marybeth Hicks who wrote this foolishness.

Mrs. Hicks, the gender confusion is yours.


11 posted on 08/03/2011 3:53:33 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Persevero

male = XY chromosome
female = XX chromosome

What gender do have people with:
Turner syndrome = only one X chromosome
Klinefelter’s syndrome = XXY chromosome
xyy syndrome = XYY chromosome ( super male ? )
tripple-x syndrome = XXX chromosome ( super female ? )


12 posted on 08/03/2011 3:56:30 PM PDT by buzzer
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To: buzzer

I don’t know anything about these syndromes so I can’t answer with certainty.

God created people male and female. Then again He created us with two eyes, two legs, a pumping heart, etc.

Enter the fall; enter birth defects. I suppose birth defects can affect your chromosome count (i.e. down’s syndrome) like anything else.

So then what gender are you if you have these syndromes? I don’t know. Does DNA enter in? I had always heard our DNA determined our gender, not our chromosomes.


13 posted on 08/03/2011 6:08:41 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: NYer

ANY Christian Parent who sends thier children to ANY Public School in the State of California(and ALOT of other States too(NY,IL,MA) is comitting SIN and will be held to account by ALMIGHTY G*D.


14 posted on 08/04/2011 7:16:15 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Persevero

chromosomes ARE our DNA


15 posted on 08/04/2011 1:50:38 PM PDT by buzzer
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