2/28/2006

Children of the Corn???

The title may be fantastical, but it may not be far from the truth.

Has anyone else noticed the consistent attack on public schools lately? There's constantly a scandal. Here in TN, nearly every other day, there is a new news report about sexual misconduct between teachers and students, and it crosses all lines. There's constant reports of misuse of funds and misuse of power and misuse of this, that, and the other. Fear is being built up over the schools.

Reports come in left and right about teachers teaching "inappropriate" subject matter or principals not letting kids pray at lunch or something else silly. Then you have the groups trying to shut down anything and everything that doesn't reflect something directly Christian in nature (not just religious...Christian). Gay-Straight Alliances...attacked as sex groups. Health education classes...attacked as teaching homosexuality and promiscuity. Biology classes...attacked for not teaching that the only way the world could have been created was in 7 days by a mysterious, omniscient, vengeful, male God!!!!

Now, we have this...Generation Joshua! Their goal is to "ignite a vision in young people to help America return to her Judeo-Christian foundations."

There are 31 chapters in the nation with the largest in East Tennessee (no surprise there!).

This group is actively engaged in the legislative and political process and growing their organization through youth and child involvement.

Fourteen-year-old President Bill Waldrep says his group is against abortion and same sex marriage. As a faith based organization, Generation Joshua promotes conservative viewpoints. 16 year old Kaity Proctor is taking a stand against separation of church and state.

"We took the church out of the state, but you've still got that thing of our founding fathers were Christians and they put God in the government and the way things have gone now, it's just gone almost," Kaity says.

Ah, yes, do one of two things: take kids out of public schools where there is free thought and open inquiry or dismantle and destroy public schools from the inside out by eliminating free thought and open inquiry.

What's the best way to do that when we know that the next generation is the most open-minded and tolerant but to raise up little hatemongering bigots from an early age?

1 Comments:

At 14:33, Blogger Sadie Baker said...

This is an issue I have been thinking about for a while.

I do believe we are in the middle of a Rightwing War on public education. It would suit them right down to the ground to see a system of prep schools for the rich, jail schools for the incorrigible, and Bible schools for everyone else.

 

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