*****Agendas in the classroom
*****Linda Bowles

There was a time, let's call them the good old days, when parents could
send their little children off to school with full confidence they would be
in good hands.

Sadly, the good old days are gone.

It is appropriate that most of the criticism of government schools deals
with academic failure. But that is only half the wretched story. Contrary
to what many parents think, most of those responsible for the education of
our children are not socially and politically neutral. They are ideologues
with an agenda.

While a good case could be made to say we are on the verge of being overrun
by an avalanche of academic ignorance, it would not be accurate to say our
kids are graduating empty-headed. Perhaps it' s time for another updated
review of some of the important things our children are learning in
government school classrooms.

While Johnny and Jill may not be learning how to read, they are learning that:

Teachers are underpaid, God is irrelevant, big business is ruining the
environment, the Bible says driving an SUV is a sin, rewards should be
based on need rather than performance, bisexual individuals are under the
command of unstable genes, the Alamo was a great Mexican victory, society
rather than the individual is responsible for crime, saving the sucker fish
is more important than saving farmers, teachers' pay should be doubled, a
diversity of cultures and languages is America's strength, Thomas Jefferson
was a racist, 2 plus 2 equals whatever, competition is destructive, the
right to be wrong makes wrong right, the Boy Scouts are a hate group,
Ronald Reagan is responsible for the disappearance of the dinosaurs, the
Catholic Church is a hate group, defending yourself promotes violence, the
government is the source from which all blessings flow, Southern Baptists
are a hate group, high taxes are good for America, equality is more
important than excellence.

And they are learning that carbon dioxide is poisoning the world, cops hate
black people, putting a condom on a cucumber is child's play, the Salvation
Army is a hate group, the Constitution is obsolete, God is a homophobe,
porpoises are smarter than people, the Constitution requires the government
to censor religious speech, taxes are the same as charitable contributions,
boys and girls are exactly the same except girls are better, the toleration
of evil is a virtue, moral discernment is a hate crime, cutting taxes is
like stealing from poor people, American Indians would not have polluted
the environment even if they had known how, George Washington was a racist,
rich people enjoy stomping on poor people, the condom is mightier than the

They are further being taught that Christopher Columbus infected the
natives with syphilis, one person's opinion is as good as any other, the
American Constitution was written by racists and sexists, Ronald Reagan is
responsible for the spread of AIDS, teachers should be paid as much as NFL
quarterbacks, sex between consenting children is inevitable, all sexual
orientations are created equal, religious people are bigots, in the
beginning there was a big explosion, a family is any collection of oddballs
living under one roof, the right to kill babies is in the Constitution, it
is un-American to have more than someone else does, the only hope of the
world is for workers everywhere to unite, and it is the constitutional
responsibility of government to provide jobs, housing, clothing, condoms,
hot lunches, living wages, family leave, child care and Band-Aids to all

It is little wonder that more and more parents are frightened and
frustrated as they watch their children grow away from them and become like
strangers, full of -- strange ideas.

It is time to face the wretched reality that the American classroom has
been appropriated by liberal ideologues. Their goal is to strip away all
vestiges of religion, and fill the vulnerable psyches of children with the
secular mind-sets, ideas and philosophies that will resonate with a
hedonistic and socialistic society.

One answer to the problem of education in America is school choice. A
better answer is complete privatization, with a high wall of separation
between state and education. This will subject schools to that tried and
true, all-American, marketplace competition, which demands results,
instills discipline and accountability, relentlessly drives toward
excellence, and puts customers (parents and children) first.

It is time to return to parents control over the education and "upbringing"
of their own children. When and by what authority did the government take
charge of the children? Whose children are they, anyway? And why, in the
land of the free and the brave, has it become necessary to ask such a question?