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.
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. â€œRight here, in the classroom, is totally where it needs to start,â€ 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 â€œAnd Tango Makes Threeâ€ â€” a book about two male penguins raising a young penguin â€” 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.