I’m sorry. I just don’t get it.
Being a home educator and mother of two, I have often been asked the question: “Why do you homeschool?”
But I’ve come to the conclusion that the question most begging to be asked is: “Why do you public school?”
It’s a legitimate question, especially in light of the recent news out of Maryland. According to news reports, the Board of Education in Montgomery County wants to show all 10th-grade students a video ironically dubbed “Protect Yourself” in which a young woman shows students how to put a condom on a cucumber while giving helpful tips.
Not only is the video an outrage, but it has been both produced and paid for by the taxpayers through the Montgomery County Public School system. A grass-roots action group called Citizens for Responsible Curriculum is to be commended for efforts to counter this insanity, which bears a frightening resemblance to the downward slide of our movie ratings systems. Today’s PG ratings resemble what R used to be. Evidently, parents are growing more complacent and comfortable with what sex-ed purveyors peddle before innocent eyes. While the very idea of public sex-ed itself once offended, now it takes more raw sexual content to get the same result.
Consider this quote from CRC’s website:
The CRC was surprised at the graphic content of this video that the school system itself created. We question the judgment of the MCPS Board of Education’s decision to include oral and anal sex in the video when the Surgeon General of the United States has said: “Condoms provide some protection, but anal intercourse is simply too dangerous to practice.” Parents need to consider the language and concepts included in this video in order to make an informed decision about allowing their child to view it.
While I applaud Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum in fighting this outrageous move, I don’t know why they’re surprised. What shocks me the most is the fact that parents continue placing their kids in public schools.
It hits like a brick between the eyes when you understand CRC’s questioning of the school board’s decision to include oral and anal sex in the video and then their request for parents to make an informed decision about whether their child should view the video or not.
Although I’m sure the CRC agrees that any type of sex is inappropriate for teenagers, there is a perceptible implication in their statement expecting that many parents will not object to their children viewing a sex-ed video as long as it leaves out anal and oral sex.
Think about that. The very fact that public schools continue to be big business says that most parents either see no problem with their children viewing such trash, or that they cling to the false notion that schools are wonderful institutions of learning. The question must be asked of every parent continuing to place a child in the government school system: Why do you continue trying to work within a broken, failed, corrupt system aiming to undermine your every parenting effort? Isn’t it time we stopped working to mend a hopelessly broken system and simply look to alternative education methods?
Studies now indicate that your child’s school is failing academically and morally. It does not matter if your child’s fourth grade teacher is a kindhearted Christian or not. She cannot speak the truth about these issues without getting disciplined, fired or being dealt a lawsuit. It doesn’t matter if your child is an honor student. He or she is still being fed immoral and historically incorrect garbage.
Like the frog slowly being heated to death in the pan, have we American parents grown so accustomed to the concepts of sex education that we now barely blink knowing our children are being instructed in intercourse?
The CRC is warning parents about graphic content, including anal and oral sex. How much worse is it going to get before you make the decision to pull you child out of the system? Do you think the time will never come when drama presentations will be utilized? Don’t kid yourself. The public school system is being used to feed the financial coffers of pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood through these sex-ed courses.
Could it be that we as parents have grown so lazy in teaching our own children moral standards that we actually desire that the public schools do our job for us? And are we so na?ve as to think that if abstinence education is included as part of the sordid “do-it” sex ed, that our children will do the right thing?
It’s way past time to wake up and take action. I’m not necessarily talking about joining groups fighting the system, although they have their place. I’m talking about pulling your child out. Don’t fool yourself into thinking your child won’t be negatively affected by the system. Studies are showing that most Christian public schooled children are losing their faith, not gaining converts, within the system.
Twenty years ago it may have been a challenge to home educate, but today there is huge support – academically, through curricula choices, and emotionally, through support groups for any parent considering homeschooling. Grandparents now home educate their grandchildren. Single mothers are accomplishing it. Take the blinders off. Stop making excuses. Teaching and evangelizing your own children is a prime responsibility, and there will never be a better time to do it than now.
Callie Woodlief is a freelance writer and professional homemaker who home-educated two children who are now political activists as adults. Her work has been featured in several online publications. Woodlief is currently working on a book promoting child advocacy.