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School superintendent: OK to ignore parents

Paul Ash, the superintendent for the Lexington School District in Lexington, Mass., is annoyed that parents are so fussy. Mr. Ash has a very high view of himself and his role as the top “education” official in his little section of the universe. Mr. Ash needs to be humbled.

This week, the Boston Globe reported on the Joseph Estabrook School – which resides in the Lexington District. A teacher from the school decided to – without parental notice, not to mention consent – read a book to the class that put ideas of two men being sexually involved with each other and call it “marriage.”

Now, most 7-year-olds have trouble identifying their naval, much less the more necessarily discerning task of whether or not they should substitute the radical activist view of sexual behavior (if it feels good do it – men, dogs, family members – as much as you want with as many as you want) in place of God’s sanctioned view of sexual behavior (one man, one wife, lifetime monogamy.)

According to the Thursday’s edition of the Globe, parents were furious:

“My son is only 7 years old,” said Lexington parent Robin Wirthlin. “By presenting this kind of issue at such a young age, they’re trying to indoctrinate our children. They’re intentionally presenting this as a norm, and it’s not a value that our family supports.”

But the parent’s anger didn’t seem to worry Mr. Ash.

Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash said Estabrook has no legal obligation to notify parents about the book. “We couldn’t run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed,” he said. “Lexington is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal.”

Message to the parents?


I hadn’t quite realized just how arrogant public educators had become. But one thing is certain: Mr. Ash needs a dose of reality. The school superintendent, just like every other public servant, has a job at the pleasure of the voters. In his case, it is his job to listen to the concerns of the community whose children he educates. But he apparently doesn’t care and obviously believes his actions will have little consequence.

I would love to disappoint him. Mr. Ash’s view of public education is typical. He believes that the school district and its mandatory attendance regulations serve to give him a comfy employment until he decides to cash in his pension and retire. Liberals always feel this way about public funds. They believe they are entitled to do whatever they jolly well please with your money – and that you should have no say in it.

The danger in allowing Mr. Ash to get away with this is that it sets a precedent that will be difficult to undo.

It is obvious that Ash believes that parents who have moral, faith-based, or religious objections to a homosexual reading list with 7-year-olds are useless. He apparently believes they are unworthy to be listened to. They are unimportant. Why?

Because they disagree with him.

The parents of Lexington should not have to face this man and his satanic arrogance by themselves. Evil can seem to be a powerful thing, and it is in the numbers of many righteous that it can be turned back.

Here’s Paul Ash’s e-mail address: [email protected]. His phone number at the school is (781) 861-2550.

Please: Let him know with reasoned, articulate viewpoints that help him understand his arrogance and how he went too far.

Paul Ash is not alone in his arrogant ignorance of faith-based people. His casual way of dismissing concerns related to deeply held beliefs is frightening considering that America self-identifies 80 percent as a population that calls itself “Christian,” and 90 percent that believes in God. While he may believe he is mainstream, what he must be made to understand is that it is “we the people” who are.

Mr. Ash may believe that parents are useless. Let’s advise him differently, beginning now.

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