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California Schools Focus on the Basics…Not!!

California schools are often criticized for being at the bottom of the heap when it comes to academic achievement and in preparing their students in the basics of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. In fact, when even the major newspapers in the state get around to reporting on their ineptitude, you know you’ve reached critical mass in acknowledging a failing school system.

For example, the SFGate reported in March, 2010:

California remained at the bottom of the barrel in national test scores for reading, sharing last place with Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., according to the Nation’s Report Card released Wednesday.

and,

On average, California students perform at a basic level, but score lower than their national peers across virtually every socioeconomic demographic.

Not to be outdone, with regards to California’s performance on math tests, the Orange Country Register reported in October, 2009, that

Only students in Mississippi, Alabama and Washington, D.C. had lower scores on the tests, commonly referred to as the “nation’s report card.”

Now one would think that with this kind of news, California school boards would be focused on ensuring that their school’s curriculum is myopically focused on the basics.

Well, one would be wrong.

According to the Bay Citizen, what really needs to addressed in Bay Area schools is…portraying gays in a positive light. You read that correctly. Portraying gays in a positive light is so vital to the education of grade schoolers and high schoolers in California that Rep. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has decided to introduce a bill in the California Assembly mandating that gays be portrayed in a ‘positive light’ in all curriculum at all levels.

Now understand, I’m not in favor of gays being portrayed in a negative light in school curricula; I just happen to believe that school’s especially ones failing as epically as the ones in California might actually want to focus on inculcating educational basics rather than inserting themselves into what is an issue of private morality (in fact, isn’t that what gay activists have been telling us for years? That this is all about what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom?)

So, perhaps instead of focusing on days like this:

The atmosphere is altogether different at Mission High… where Gay Pride Month is celebrated exuberantly with schoolwide assemblies. There is a large drag show each year, in which the principal is usually the star. Bowman thinks it is appropriate to teach gay history. “Right here, in the classroom, is totally where it needs to start,” she said.

perhaps we might want days where the principal stars as a promoter of the basic skills of math and English

Or take elementary schools in Alameda:

In Alameda, a group of parents sued the school district in 2009 after discovering that their children were reading “And Tango Makes Three” — a book about two male penguins raising a young penguin — as a part of a pro-tolerance lesson.

Do first and second graders really need to have sexuality introduced into their lessons? At the ages of five, six and seven?

I have a suggestion for the bankrupt, both financially and morally, California school system: maybe if you spent more time drilling educational basics, and less time trying to socially engineer students as young as five, your test scores wouldn’t be in the basement of the entire country.

 

 

eburke
Constitutional conservative living in the frozen tundra. American first, conservative second, and Precinct Committeeman because I got tired of ColdWarrior hassling me about it (which, btw, led me to being elected as GOP County Chair, to my Congressional District Central Committee and to the state Central Committee). Fervent believer that if we followed the Tenth Amendment more, we'd be hassled by the government a lot less.

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  1. All to true. And it’s not just ‘gay history’ they waste time on.

    My 12 year old has been trying to convince me that AGW is real and we, (meaning me as the head-of-house), simply MUST do more to help.

    • What chafes my hinder is that for umpteen years, gay rights activists have be prattling about how what they do in the privacy of their own bedroom is no one’s business.

      Well, here’s a news flash: then keep it in the privacy of your own bedroom.

      And as for the AGW propaganda, and all the other ‘social ills’ that they find to teach in school, it’s no wonder our kids don’t know how to read, write and add. We’re too busy teaching them how to be ‘socially conscious’

      • Bingo. So the trend to ‘defund’ at the national level needs to trickle down to the local level. e.g., “Guess what, Bolshevik State University? The budget for bringing Tom Friedman, a non-climatologist, to campus to speak on Global Warming, is exactly Zero Dollars this year. Sincerely, The Taxpayers.”

  2. The same local politics we harp about, Precinct level, also includes School Boards. More parents who want their children to be able to execute the basics, memorize multiplication tables, actually learn to read and possess a vocabulary need to get on the school boards. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Nos must.

  3. Grrr… California schools and the approved curriculum vs the required “TEST” which has nothing to do with the approved curriculum.
    Idiots!

    And don’t get me started on “Whole Language”. It didn’t work with normal kids and I can vouch it really didn’t work for a dyslexic child.

    Both my children are going to have their children in private school when it is time.

    The ongoing moral corruption is a subject on its own.

  1. All to true. And it’s not just ‘gay history’ they waste time on.

    My 12 year old has been trying to convince me that AGW is real and we, (meaning me as the head-of-house), simply MUST do more to help.

    • What chafes my hinder is that for umpteen years, gay rights activists have be prattling about how what they do in the privacy of their own bedroom is no one’s business.

      Well, here’s a news flash: then keep it in the privacy of your own bedroom.

      And as for the AGW propaganda, and all the other ‘social ills’ that they find to teach in school, it’s no wonder our kids don’t know how to read, write and add. We’re too busy teaching them how to be ‘socially conscious’

      • Bingo. So the trend to ‘defund’ at the national level needs to trickle down to the local level. e.g., “Guess what, Bolshevik State University? The budget for bringing Tom Friedman, a non-climatologist, to campus to speak on Global Warming, is exactly Zero Dollars this year. Sincerely, The Taxpayers.”

  2. The same local politics we harp about, Precinct level, also includes School Boards. More parents who want their children to be able to execute the basics, memorize multiplication tables, actually learn to read and possess a vocabulary need to get on the school boards. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Nos must.

  3. Grrr… California schools and the approved curriculum vs the required “TEST” which has nothing to do with the approved curriculum.
    Idiots!

    And don’t get me started on “Whole Language”. It didn’t work with normal kids and I can vouch it really didn’t work for a dyslexic child.

    Both my children are going to have their children in private school when it is time.

    The ongoing moral corruption is a subject on its own.

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