Thursday, August 11, 2005

None of your business

That's what public school officials are telling parents when they ask questions like:

Do you intend to talk about adult sexuality to my kindergartener?
Why won't you notify me if you plan to discuss sexuality?
Who gets to decide when and what my child is exposed to regarding adult sexuality?

One parent refused to leave the school unless he was given answers...and was arrested. He spent the night in jail and is scheduled to go on trial.
Parker is contesting the charge. Why? After his arraignment, he stated, "I'm just trying to be a good dad." During a May 11 appearance on the FOX News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Parker expanded on this statement, saying that he wanted his son "to play on the swing set and make mud pies. I don't want him thinking about same-sex unions in kindergarten."

Parker's attorney, Jeffrey Denner, points to a larger issue -- "the role of family and what kind of encroachments government can make into children's and people's lives."

Otherwise stated, schools are usurping the parental role of teaching personal values to children. They are not acting as educators but as guardians, "in loco parentis" (in the place of a parent). Some schools clearly consider this function to be their right, even over parental objections. Thus, Estabrook defends its "right" to teach Parker's son to accept same-sex marriages.

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