Monday, April 24, 2006

A tale of two 2nd grade classrooms

More examples of the left-wing bias in our nation's public schools. First, a 2nd grade teacher in Massachussetts (no kidding...) decided that homosexuality is an appropriate subject for 7- and 8-year-olds:
Teacher reads 2nd-graders story about 'gay' wedding

While two parents in Lexington, Mass., are upset about the fact their second-grade son was read a fantasy book in school about two princes getting married, what makes them even more angry is the fact the boy's teacher said because same-sex marriage is legal in their state there is no way a mother or father can opt out a child from such experiences.

"We are outraged," parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin told the local Article 8 Alliance. "This is a highly charged social issue. Why are they introducing it in the second grade? And we cannot present our family's point of view to our children if they don't tell us what they're saying to them."

According to a statement from the traditional-values organization, March 24 the Wirthlins' second-grade son came home from Estabrook Elementary School and repeated to his mother the story read to him earlier that day about men getting married to each other. His teacher had read the book "King and King" to the class, in which a prince doesn't want to marry any princesses, but instead falls in love with a princess' brother and marries him in a big palace wedding.

The Wirthlins say they immediately contacted the teacher, Heather Kramer, who acknowledged she had read the book to the class and admitted that it was not part of the curriculum.

It was explained to the couple that since same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, discussion of the matter is fair game -- parents do not have to be informed before or after the issue is presented. Kramer reportedly told the Wirthlins that the theme of the day was "weddings" and the teacher wanted to present all points of view on the subject.

Well, guess what? Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is legal, too, but that didn't stop officials in another school from violating another 2nd grader's rights:
School officials ban second-grader from distributing Easter candy containing religious messages

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Alliance Defense Fund is stepping in to defend the constitutional rights of a second-grade student who was prevented from distributing Easter candy with religious messages to his classmates.

“Schools should not be treating religious speech as second-class speech,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Delia van Loenen. “For school officials to tell a second-grade boy that he is not allowed to pass out Easter candy to his classmates because it contains a religious message is a blatant violation of his constitutional rights.”

The boy’s mother contacted ADF for assistance on behalf of her son. Van Loenen sent a letter to the school informing them of the boy’s First Amendment rights, but so far the school has not responded.

And liberals often wonder why more and more people are choosing to homeschool their kids.


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