I only know that a state I visited and enjoyed, has now become the poster child for backward, dictatorial thinking. The voters of this state should not only be ashamed of themselves for voting for people who have no regard for individual rights, or for the public school systems right to choose what to teach, but they should begin a recall for every individual state congressperson who voted to override the governor’s veto to legislation that ALLOWS PARENTS to object to any school curriculum they disagree with! Yes, you read that correctly. So, say Tommy’s mom doesn’t think studying the history of Africa is justifiable, she can complain, and what? That part of school studies is discontinued?? And forget about the usual suspects within the curriculum, such as evolution, or sex ed, or reading who knows what benign book that will be deemed offensive. Wave goodbye to a rounded REAL education. Now it will be what a small group of a particular political party that determines what Tommy and Joe and Jean and Wilma learn. And it doesn’t matter what political party. It doesn’t matter if left or right. NO political leanings should play a role in what teachers teach. It’s that simple.
This goes way beyond one book being contested. Entire traditional studies are threatened here. If a parent doesn’t think his or her child should learn another language, will that mean that student is excused from an essential class? I hated math, downright despised it. But should my parents have had the right to disagree with it being taught to me? As much as my teen dreams would have applauded that idea, the old adult now abhors the concept of parents having power over my education.
But wait! The alternative? If a parent disagrees with a particular class, the SCHOOL system must CREATE an ALTERNATE class. OMG! It doesn’t matter if the parents are to pay for such a class, the time and energy the teacher and curriculum advisors will have to put into such ridiculous rigamarole, will take away from already under staffed classrooms, thereby depriving those children whose parents didn’t raise a stink. Where do these politicians find the rights to do this under founding fathers proclamations is beyond me. But they seem to think they have constitutional jurisdiction here. Or, maybe they believe they answer to a higher authority, which is completely out of bounds. There is nothing more destructive than fanatics, and apparently New Hampshire has just given a bunch of them carte blanche.
If I didn’t receive sex ed, I am not sure I would have ever understood how children are made–not from my shy and can I say it, ignorant parents, that’s certain! Science classes–I didn’t understand everything taught, but without it, I would probably have beliefs like Sherri Shepard on The View, thinking the world isn’t round! What if a parents thinks theatre is the devil’s playground? My entire reason for surviving that hell called high school would have been eliminated.
What were these voters in New Hampshire thinking?? And what about those who didn’t bother to vote in the ‘unimportant’ state congressional elections–this is what you reap when you don’t bother paying attention!! And where was the teachers union? The civil rights protectors? What the hell happened here!
I think you may be able to tell I’m over the top upset–there doesn’t seem to be any end to the stupidity we bring down upon ourselves.
Oh, and don’t be surprised if the next step is to abolish MANDATORY ATTENDANCE! Oh boy, cries those kids who have to be dragged to school to get their education–you know, around 100 per cent! I mean, at that age, who would willingly go into a building for 8 hours to sit and write and listen? And then be graded? And, little known fact. Teenagers, ARE NOT ADULTS! Their brains are still soft. Their cognitive abilities don’t crazy glue together until later–after the entire high school thing is done and over.
OK. So if parents are allowed to have a say, what about those parents who want their children to be taught the regular curriculum–do they now have to spar with parents who want only certain areas taught? Will there be constant curriculum wars in each school district? If only one parent complains and will pay for Nitwit to be taught the alphabet instead of English Lit–does the school have to provide a room for just one kid? An entire school year of teaching play-books written up and supplied to said Nitwit? And what about Doofus? His father doesn’t want him exposed to evolution. What is supposed to be taught instead? Does Doofus’ father have the right to demand a course in its place, like, uh, let me just throw out any old subject here–Creationism??? How complicated and ludicrous will this new law be? The havoc in the classroom seems infinite in nature. Say, there are 300 kids in one school. And each parents dislikes one class–do they get to create their own alternative, meaning 300 kids will at some point be studying something no one else is? It’s mind boggling! Ok, so that’s kind of extreme, and I don’t know how the school will determine an ‘alternate subject’ whether parents have a say over that or not. But you must admit, it makes for chaos to the max, if every fanatic has their say. Even if only a couple per school exist–turns things upside down.
I can happily say I have no one living in that state who will be deprived of a decent untampered education. I feel badly for those who do, for those families appalled by this new law, by those students who only want to get through to the other side, not play games with what subject they have to negotiate for each day. For the others, those who applaud this law, who will interfere with their local schools, as an American, I am ashamed of you, ashamed that this country once known for having some of the most innovative people in history, will now churn out restricted, limited, brain power, in the form of their offspring.
And yes, that means your offspring, Mr. You Know Who You Are, the one who began this nightmare to begin with. Your headline grabbing insanity has led to more insanity. If we are all lucky, the insane will be taken out of the classrooms, and put back where they belong, in nonentity land.
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