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Public School Isn't Like I Remember It
Too Good Reports ^ | February 28, 2002 | Phyllis Schlafly

Posted on 02/28/2002 4:32:57 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

Public schools seem to be obsessed with requiring students to fill out nosy questionnaires. The latest outrage, entitled "How Am I?", asked 55 intrusive questions of New Jersey 7th and 8th graders.

Here are a few of the nosy questions. Have you ever driven a car after drinking alcohol, or ridden with a driver who seemed impaired? Are there guns in your home or the homes of your friends?

Are you engaging in risky sexual behavior (multiple partners, no protection from STDs or unwanted pregnancy)? Do you often think you are stupid, worthless, unlovable?

If you drink, do you drink intending to get drunk? Have you used any kind of drugs? Have you ever made choices while under the influence of drugs or alcohol that you later regretted?

Do you hang around with a crowd that smokes, drinks, or uses drugs? Do you have a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, or uncle who is an alcoholic, is significantly overweight, or developed colon cancer?

The teacher told the students to put their names on the questionnaire and to graph their responses to indicate their levels of risky behavior. The students received a score on the questionnaire to be applied to their class grades.

Whatever happened to our Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and our Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Did anyone read these kids their Miranda rights?

No wonder New Jersey just passed a new law requiring the state's public schools to obtain written parental consent before administering surveys requiring students to reveal personal information. Parents should check up and see if their schools are obeying the law.

California public schools seem to be trying to show us how far they have gone to downgrade Christianity. Some schools are teaching an intensive, three-week course in Islam that is not merely history or a course "about" religion; it is behavior modification and role-playing.

Study handouts include a history of Islam and its founder, Mohammed, 25 Islamic terms, 20 proverbs, Islam's Five Pillars of Faith, and 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples. The students are required to wear a robe during class, adopt a Muslim name, and stage their own jihad or holy war in a dice game.

When parents complained and the press discovered this course, the school principal said it "reflects California (educational) standards that meet state requirements." The Houghton-Mifflin textbook, "Across the Centuries," is state approved and used throughout California.

The news media reported that this textbook presents Islam in a positive manner, while mentioning Christianity briefly and negatively. Events such as the Inquisition and Salem witch-hunts are highlighted in bold black type, while no negatives appear in the textbook about Islam's wars, massacres, and cruelties against Christians and other non-Muslims.

The miraculous events leading up to the holy book of Islam, the Koran, are presented as factual. References to the miracles of Christianity are downgraded by disclaimers.

All across the country, the public school policy called Zero Tolerance has become downright ridiculous. In North Carolina, a pre-school called Kids Gym Schoolhouse recently had five points deducted from its high rating because plastic soldiers were found in the play area.

A state evaluator wrote that the figures reflect stereotyping and violence and can be potentially dangerous if children use them to act out violent themes. The owner of the preschool called the evaluation "absurd," saying "it doesn't make any sense at all."

In Irvington, New Jersey, two eight-year-old boys who pointed paper guns at classmates were charged with "making terrorist threats." A judge ultimately dismissed their case, but the incident may remain on court records until the boys are 18.

A seven-year-old first grader in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, was banished to an alternative school for troubled students when he was caught bringing a pocket knife to school. For the first three days of his eleven-day punishment, he was the only first grader at a facility among older students guilty of serious offenses.

After graduating last June, a 19-year-old New Jersey student sued his school district because of a three-day suspension he had received in March after being branded a "racist." His offense was wearing a T-shirt from Wal-Mart emblazoned with comedian Jeff Foxworthy's "Top 10 Reasons You Might Be a Redneck Sports Fan."

According to a 2000 study by the Justice Policy Institute, a project of the non-profit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, zero-tolerance policies have led to a doubling of student suspensions and expulsions since the mid 1970s. I wonder how many of those punishments were based on trying to make boys behave like girls.

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To: Stand Watch Listen
The usual "two words," of course:

Home School.

41 posted on 02/28/2002 4:07:48 PM PST by Jay W
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To: steve50
Recently, in some articles I've read on education in my state, they mention a "UN" teacher or advisor. Perhaps "UN" teacher isn't quite the correct term, but I believe it has something to do with the United Nations. Do we have representatives of the UN in our schools? Can someone give me information on this?
42 posted on 02/28/2002 4:33:27 PM PST by bettina0
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To: steve50
Don't bother to talk to the judge. Just get your kid out of there. Student handbooks get larger and larger every year. Parents would have to attend many seminars (or have a lawyer go over the handbook with a fine-tooth comb) to understand all the ramifications of the various petty rules and regulations. Sometimes, it's just easier (and safer for your child) to pick up and leave than to subject your child to the whims of an idiotic school administrator hell-bent on "zero tolerance." When choosing a school for your child, perhaps you should ask how many children were "referred to the judge"? If it's more than just a few, the school has a "major" crime problem. Do you want your child in that type of atmosphere?
43 posted on 02/28/2002 4:46:43 PM PST by bettina0
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To: OldFriend
Parents pay the bills. Why should they be intimidated? If all of them got together and told the school that their children's thoughts are their own, that would be the end of it.
44 posted on 02/28/2002 4:52:22 PM PST by bettina0
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To: steve50
You are 100% correct. When I was in high school, we had a pull-out "gifted" program that met once a week, and we would be assigned group problems to solve: ending famine and pollution, that sort of thing. Obviously the teachers thought they were steering us toward being the enlightened saviors of the world, although in retrospect their approach was laughably crude and simple-minded.

I have often noticed that the field of "gifted education" tends to attract a certain type of adult, exemplified by the teacher on Malcolm in the Middle.

45 posted on 02/28/2002 4:59:23 PM PST by Ultima Thule
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To: Dick Bachert
Best post I've read in awhile.....Nice job.
46 posted on 03/01/2002 11:44:01 AM PST by Osage Orange
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To: Osage Orange
Thank you for the kind words.
47 posted on 03/01/2002 9:32:16 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Stand Watch Listen
The Public Schools are Indoctrination Camps.

The Overall Themes that they present include:
1) Multiculturalism
2) Environmentalism
3) Secular Humanism
4) Historical Revisionism
5) Junk Science
6) Adult-Themed Sexuality
7) Dumbed-Downed Math & English

48 posted on 04/05/2002 11:21:16 AM PST by FreedomFriend
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