New Maryland law takes effect: TWEEN DATING The state’s board of education will be required to encourage county boards of education to include specific lessons on dating violence into the county boards’ health education curriculum.
This led to an interesting exchange lately on a forum mostly populated by very liberal moms or moms who just haven't woken up yet. An whereas I can see how tempting the "do it for the kids" mentality is, I think I am AM doing what I am doing for my kids and praying they become well adjusted individuals that can think for themselves and lead us into the future.
I think the topic of the law is the periphery of much larger problem. Aside from the blatant obvious fact the soon we they will need class on how to blow their noses (oh we already have that too thanks to H1N1), schools seem to think children won't need parents anymore....just a BOE and a county public school, to learn what the establishment thinks is important when they think it is important, like sex ed in elementary school.
Here are some of the exchanges:
"I don't know, personally I think 11 year olds need to think less about violence and dating and more about actual education "(conservative mommy, CM)
"Domestic/dating violence is such a serious thing, and with teens in a position where they don't know how to deal with it, I think adding a module to existing curriculum to start early telling kids what is and is not acceptable is an excellent thing. And yes, paren'ts /families will be trying to tell their kids this, but some families don't, and unfortunately, for some families, domestic violence is the norm. And for BOTH these cases, I think getting the right message across early/often is a great thing for the state to be doing" (Typical Liberal Response TLR)
Gosh the argument is tempting, evil conservative wants to deny her child an education on an important life subject, I mean who wants to have their 13 yo "raped" or "rape-raped" (thank you WHoopi) and if we don't teach them in school then it could happen!
But here are problems with this statement
"...and with teens in a position where they don't know how to deal with it....." where on earth did Hillary's village go.. I am all for support and that is what is lacking, REAL support for kids who need it, it does not take curriculum to whitewash with a broad stroke the minds of our children but it does take effort and insight beyond the union punch out and check out mentality to spot kids in trouble and extend a hand.
"I think adding a module to existing curriculum to start early telling kids what is and is not acceptable is an excellent thing." This is the same argument they use for sex education and teaching about homosexuality at this age too. And "adding a module to existing curriculum" when exactly are they going to teach math? What is the next life skill to add to the curriculum, does it NEED to be legislated? Can't the PTA or the local school board decide?
"parents/families will be trying to tell their kids this, but some families don't, and unfortunately, for some families, domestic violence is the norm. And for BOTH these cases, I think getting the right message across early/often is a great thing for the state to be doing" Where to begin? "Parent and families" will TRY...but what she means is the sate will do it better, implying we are not equipped to do this sort of educating of our children. "Some families don't", so if i CHOOSE not to discuss Rape with my 11 year old then no worries the school will get that for me though I do not WANT it. "For some families domestic violence is the norm"... thank goodness a module added to t he curriculum will save these kids...seriously the system is FAILING these kids because we have whitewashed the issue for our children in a vague one-size fits all approach that help people sleep better at night but accomplishes little. But its OK they will get everything they need in an approved sex ed class....Still trying to wrap my brain around that one.
"There are a lot of things that are serious things that I don't want my 11 year old to learn about. Rape, incest, murder, pedophilia, etc" (CM) WARNING WARNING... MOM ASSERTING PARENTAL RIGHTS
I can get this, I can specifically recall when my young mind was tinkered with in school on 2 occasions reading Animal Farm, an ugly insight to the human psyche that I was too young to really understand beyond the shear horror of the book. Seriously inappropriate in many ways,that effect me still today. But that is another conversation entirely:) There are much more insidious things going on schools today, the systematic removal of God from our culture, the blatant manipulation of our history, the Marxist socialist practices that teach children only the government can provide for them.
So I am a Parent, I am exercising my parental right....and the response du jour, especially since the Obama School Speech....wait for it....
"I guess you can opt him out then." (TLR)(...read....steeped in venom)
Because it is now a signal that you are a radical wacko if you OPT your child out, it is flung at us as an insult, we are denigrated for CHOOSING to be the voice our children hear these things from. It is no wonder more moms DON'T opt out. They are made to feel like lesser beings for WANTING to spare their children a lecture on this sort of junk. It is a typical tactic, I am an AstroTurf, tea bagging, domestic, right wing terrorist, brown shirt, fringe, racist after all.
So is it wrong to demand they TEACH MATH that is what we pay for ...not raising our children, that is MY job. Seriously MANY children don't get quality curriculum or homework help and grow up deficient at math, science, reading comprehension.... there is no law to increase math instruction (only one to dumb everyone own to the same level). This whole "kid's have get it from us they aren't getting it at home" excuse kind of ends there for me.
Parents are parents. Neglectful parents are still parents and we have the right to do that job or not period there is no need to "do my job" While they have our kids why not teach them SKILLS to move out of the neglectful parent mold,teach kids to be self sufficient, instead of molding them into victims for life?
But alas, schools continue to underperform in the subjects that DO make a difference. But this is not the scope of a public school...they want to "raise" your children and parents be damned which is why I AM opting out of letting my kids be raised by someone else to be a dutiful tax paying robot, adults who think everyone goes home with a trophy and everyone is a victim and needs the "gubment" to hold their hands through life....
So, I believe this is most appropriate....as I am a Patriot Mom !
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. .Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." [Samuel Adams]