School Daze III

Gene Lalor | April 19, 2011 

   Reading, writing, and arithmetic have long been passe’ in America’s schools, their place supplanted by political correctness, the inculcation of self esteem, and a quest for diversity and societal innovations.  After all, who needs learning when more pressing indoctrination is involved? 

Some examples of schools, school administrations, and teachers who have gone off the deep end:

GAY HISTORY: California, the vanguard of change in America, is considering mandating the teaching of “gay history” in its schools, making that study the equivalent of already mandated studies of “contributions to the state and nation of women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor.” (

Precisely what contributions the teaching of “gay history” is expected to make for Californian kids is unclear.  How best to utilize gerbils?  The proper use of sex toys?  How not to get caught in public?  Who knows?

Ostensibly, the proposed legislation is intended to soothe the psyches and mitigate bullying of gay kids but, if anything, the mass of straight kids will rebel against the forced study and acceptance of homosexuality. 

California can mandate all it wants.  Californian kids will still tell the state to shove it. 

FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL:  Teacher unions have gotten a lot of press lately, principally in Wisconsin where they trashed the state Capitol building in Madison in their protest campaign against Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to rein in their and other public unions’ exorbitant salaries and bennies.  California teachers have now out-radicalized their Wisconsin counterparts. 

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has passed a resolution advocating freedom for a convicted cop-killer on the basis that, “the continued unjust incarceration of Mumia Abu-Jamal represents a threat to the civil rights of all people.”

Black Panther Abu-Jamal has been sitting on Death Row for almost 30 years.  Convicted on the basis of eyewitness testimony, ballistic tests, and being apprehended with the murder weapon on the charge of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, Abu-Jamal has become a darling of the CFT predicated on little else but his racist, radical views. 

His jury, which he helped select, deliberated all of 3 hours before finding him guilty and he has appealed his conviction repeatedly all to no avail.  Neither those facts nor the eyewitnesses, ballistics, or jailhouse confessions of guilt had any bearing on the CFT’s demand for his release.

As Daniel J. Flynn wrote in his excellent analysis of Abu-Jamal’s crime and the CFT’s action, “The people who passed this resolution teach your children.  That’s even scarier than a free Mumia:”            

EAT OR STARVE: The principal of Chicago’s Little Village Academy public school, Elsa Carmona, had a unique idea on school lunches.  According to the Chicago Tribune, she announced that her students had a choice; they could either eat the cafeteria food or “go hungry.” 

An article by Bill O’Reilly, “School Lunch Madness,” exposed the dictatorial, “nanny state” principal and her usurpation of parental rights.

Carmona felt that the food some moronic parents allowed their kids to eat was garbage and she would rectify that: ”It’s about . . . the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke.”  At $2.25 per, or $11.25 a week, and considering the typical quality of cafeteria grub, it’s hard to say whether the kids would be better off eating garbage. 

In any event, Carmona retracted her edict after an uproar and said she had been misquoted by the Trib.  

As O’Reilly concluded, “In America, we allow freedom of choice.  And while kids can’t choose their parents and vice-versa, when it comes to choosing the meal plan, parents should rule:”

PUBESCENCE INTERRUPTUS: From the other side of the pond in England, which has led leading the permissive, progressive, freedom charge along with the Netherlands, comes this school-related pubescent innovation: Kids as young as 12 can receive hormonal injections to suppress their sexual development by inhibiting the body’s manufacture of testosterone or estrogen.   

The government wants transgender wannabes to be certain–at 12!–that they would rather be, shall we say, different than what they are, that girls should be sure their penis envy isn’t just a passing fancy and boys be sure they don’t want theirs anymore. 

The former policy was to wait until kids diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, GID, were 16 or so but, “Supporters say that the [new] ‘window’ prevents a great deal of mental and physical anguish caused by the maturing of sex organs, facial hair growth and changes in the voice.”  However, “critics argue it only prolongs the agony and can prevent people ‘growing out’ of any feelings of confusion.” 

The British government overruled the naysayers in favor of younguns who are “keen” on the treatment–at 12, 13, 14, and 15.

The drugs prescribed for the kids will ”stunt the development of sexual organs so less surgery will be required if someone chooses to permanently change their gender at a later date.” (  In other words, less chopping or digging will be necessary to re-render their genders. 

It’s unclear how much thought went into the long-term health dangers or into the maturity levels of pre-pubescents–or of their parents who must give consent for the treatment.  In the not so distant past, children their age were more interested in playing with Barbie dolls and soccer balls than with their privates.


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