Character Education Gone AwryBy
Alas! So soon has this train run off the track. What would seem obvious is not proving to be fact.
And here Dr. Morton is as dead on target as a person can be. The "character education resources" he touts are indeed exciting, as you will most probably agree if you read a bit further. They are capable of inducing as much adrenaline flow as a coiled poisonous reptile.
According to the schedule of events sent out, the opening keynote session will be entrusted to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It is well that we take a quick look at the resources they have to offer:
Christians of many denominations have long struggled with the "traditional" view that homosexuality is somehow a sin, or "incompatible" with their faith, vs. the modern understanding of sexual orientation, and the need to treat gay and lesbian worshippers with dignity and inclusion.And the article goes on. Please take time to read it for yourself. Another of the stories featured on the front page, under the title "Tolerance in the News" is that of Phyllis and Del Martin. A few extracted bon mots will capture the essence of this story:
Lyon and Martin were the first same-sex couple in the nation to be issued a government-sanctioned marriage ...You should read this entire article for yourself.
Here, then, is some of the "exciting character information" that will be made available to teachers for transmission to their students. Naturally, when we hear "character education" we assume that the term means good character education. But here, in a Brave-New-World inversion of meaning, we have bad character education. And conducted at taxpayer expense!
Can this most ill advised program be stopped? I don't know, but as good citizens it's incumbent upon us to try. We can't just sit silently, twiddling our thumbs, while the Montgomery bureaucrats use our money for such nefarious purposes. (By the way, I thought they were short of money. Remember: Erstwhile Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson said he may have to cut schools to four days a week!) I suggest this:
First of all, forward this dreadful message to your list. Then e-mail Dr. Morton as well as all members of the State Board of Education. Point out to them how wrong this is, and ask that the whole program be cancelled, or that the part of the Southern Poverty Law Center be scrubbed and replaced with a program that represents good character, not bad. Why not, for example, put Eagle Forum or the Christian Coalition on the agenda?
But, please, don't be a good person who does nothing.
4 Apr 04