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  Is American public education a form of child abuse?
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[COMMENT:   Please believe that these are not made-up fantasies.    E. Fox]
 

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD
 ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH...
 
SO WHY ARE CHRISTIAN CHILDREN --  STILL IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS?
  
April 2008
 
 
MARK STEYN ASKS THE RIGHT QUESTION!
 
Is American public education a form of child abuse? A week ago, the Washington Post’s Brigid Schulte reported on a student named Randy Castro who attends school in Woodbridge, Va. Last November at recess he slapped a classmate on her bottom. The teacher took him to the principal. School officials wrote up an incident report and then called the police...

Randy Castro is in the First Grade. But, at the ripe old age of six, he’s been declared a sex offender by Potomac View Elementary School. He’s guilty of sexual harassment, and the incident report will remain on his record for the rest of his schooldays — and maybe beyond....
 
Randy Castro was not apprehended until he was six, so who knows how long his reign of sexual terror lasted? Sixteen months ago, a school official in Texas accused a four-year-old of sexual harassment after the boy was observed pressing his face into the breasts of a teacher’s aide when he hugged her before boarding the school bus. Fortunately, the school took decisive action and suspended the sick freak. By the way, is that the first recorded use in the history of the English language of the phrase “accused a four-year-old of sexual harassment”? Well, it won’t be the last: In the state of Maryland last year, 16 kindergartners were suspended for sexual harassment, as were three pre-schoolers....
 
So who does get a little breast and butt action in American schools these days? Obviously not your four-year-old gropers and six-year-old predators: The system’s doing an admirable job of cracking down on those perverts. No, if you want to get up close and personal with body parts you’ve got to be a “school official.”
 
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit recently heard oral arguments in the case of Savana Redding. Back in 2003, Savana was an Eighth Grader at Safford Middle School in Safford, Arizona, when the vice principal, Kerry Wilson, “acting on a tip,” discovered a fellow student to have a handful of ibuprofen tablets in her pocket. The other girl said she got them from Savana, who denied it. She had no tablets in her own pockets or in her backpack.
 
Vice Principal Wilson, whose mind works in interesting ways, then decided that Savana might be hiding the ibuprofen in her cleavage or her crotch. So, without contacting the girl’s parents, he ordered a school official to strip-search Savana. She was obliged to expose her breasts and “her pelvic area.”
 
If Vice Principal Wilson were a four-year old pre-schooler who’d been involved in a stunt like that, he’d now be a registered sex offender for life. But fortunately he’s a “school official” so if he decides to apply search techniques associated with international narcotics traffic he pretty much has a free hand to do so. After all, ibuprofen is serious stuff. As Reason’s Jacob Sullum put it, “It’s a good thing the school took swift action, before anyone got unauthorized relief from menstrual cramps.”...
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZmU5NGIxZmZmODE4ZWJjOTE0NmM1ZTY3ZjRkNjQ1ZDI=
 
MARK, THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS OBVIOUSLY "YES"
 
ANTI-NAPPING 5 YEAR-OLDS KIDNAPPED AND CUFFED BY HIGHLY TRAINED EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS
 
March 10, 2008 -- The parents of two Bronx preschoolers are suing the city, charging that their kids were tossed out of class - and handcuffed by a school-safety officer - for refusing to take a nap.
 
Lawyer Scott Agulnick said Jaden Diaz and Christopher Brito - both then 4 and students at CS 211, The Bilingual School - told their parents that a substitute teacher took them and another boy to an empty classroom on Nov. 17, 2006, and left them there alone.
 
Soon, the lawyer said, the school-safety officer entered the room, cuffed the boys' wrists - and further terrified them by telling they that they would never see their parents again. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03102008/news/regionalnews/public_enemy_no_1_101271.htm
 
CAN YOU SAY "INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE?" THERE, I KNEW YOU COULD...
 
 
BEHOLD THE FRUIT OF INSTITUTIONALIZING CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
 
CHICAGO (AP)  At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group....
 
Among girls who admitted ever having sex, the rate was 40 percent. While some teens define sex as only intercourse, other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some infections.
 
For many, the numbers likely seem "overwhelming because you're talking about nearly half of the sexually experienced teens at any one time having evidence of an STD," said Dr. Margaret Blythe, an adolescent medicine specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on adolescence.
 
But the study highlights what many doctors who treat teens see every day, Blythe said.
 
Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's division of STD prevention, said the results are the first to examine the combined national prevalence of common sexually transmitted diseases among adolescent girls. He said they likely reflect current prevalence rates...
 
The CDC's Dr. Kevin Fenton said given that STDs can cause infertility and cervical cancer in women, "screening, vaccination and other prevention strategies for sexually active women are among our highest public health priorities." ...
 
Four common diseases were examined - human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and affected 18 percent of girls studied; chlamydia, which affected 4 percent; trichomoniasis, 2.5 percent; and herpes simplex virus, 2 percent.
Blythe said the results are similar to previous studies examining rates of those diseases individually.
 
Chlamydia and trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics. The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under age 25. It also recommends the three-dose HPV vaccine for girls aged 11-12 years, and catch-up shots for females aged 13 to 26...
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar recommendations.
Douglas said screening tests are underused in part because many teens don't think they're at risk, but also, some doctors mistakenly think, '"Sexually transmitted diseases don't happen to the kinds of patients I see."'
 
Blythe said some doctors also are reluctant to discuss STDs with teen patients or offer screening because of confidentiality concerns, knowing parents would have to be told of the results.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports confidential teen screening, she said.
http://cbs4.com/health/teen.girls.std.2.674427.html
 
The Guttmacher Institute claims that by age 25 roughly 50% of young adults will have contracted an STD.
 
SPEAKING OF THE "NEW SEXUAL MORALITY" OUR HIGHLY TRAINED EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS ARE IMBUING OUR CHILDREN WITH...
 
 Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.
 
"I've seen everything from your basic striptease to sexual acts being performed," said Reynoldsburg police Detective Brian Marvin, a member of the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force of Central Ohio. "You name it, they will do it at their home under this perceived anonymity."...
 
Candice Kelsey, a teacher from California, said some teenage girls think they have to be provocative to get boys' attention. As a result, they will send photos they hope their parents never see.
 
"This happens a lot," said Kelsey, author of Generation MySpace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence. "It crosses every racial socio-economic group. Christian kids are doing it. Jewish kids are doing it."....Mark Raiff, a principal at Columbus' Olentangy Liberty High School, said they don't see anything wrong with it," he said. "It leaves me speechless."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351171,00.html
 
Any questions about why 50% of young people are likely to end up with various loathesome diseases?
 
FORTUNATELY GOVERNMENT SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE KEEPING THEIR EYES ON THE IMPORTANT THINGS...
 
Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student.
Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.
 
The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a district-wide school wellness policy, said school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.
Shelli Sheridan, Michael's mother, said he is a top student with no previous disciplinary problems.
 
 
AREN'T YOU GLAD WE ARE "INVESTING" ROUGHLY $600 BILLION A YEAR ON INSTITUTIONALIZING CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS?
 
(P.S. I'm not including revenues from the school cookie, candy, or bake sales that are held as a result of the severe underfunding of our highly trained education professionals and their friends)
 
American students’ math achievement is “at a mediocre level” compared with that of their peers worldwide, according to a new report by a federal panel, which recommended that schools focus on key skills that prepare students to learn algebra....
 
The report cited a number of troubling international comparisons, including a 2007 assessment finding that 15-year-olds in the United States ranked 25th among their peers in 30 developed nations in math literacy and problem solving.
 
Fractions are especially troublesome for Americans, the report found. It pointed to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, standardized exams known as the nation’s report card, which found that almost half the eighth graders tested could not solve a word problem that required dividing fractions. Panel members said the failure to master fractions was for American students the greatest obstacle to learning algebra.
 
Just as “plastics” was the catchword in the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” the catchword for math teachers today should be “fractions,” said Francis Fennell, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
 
After hearing testimony and comments from hundreds of organizations and individuals, and sifting through a broad array of 16,000 research publications, the panelists shaped their report around recent research on how children learn.
For example, the report found it is important for students to master their basic math facts well enough that their recall becomes automatic, stored in their long-term memory, leaving room in their working memory to take in new math processes.
“For all content areas, practice allows students to achieve automaticity of basic skills — the fast, accurate and effortless processing of content information — which frees up working memory for more complex aspects of problem solving,” the report said.
 
Suburban parents smugly think that their schools are different because they compare them with inner-city schools such as those of New York, Richmond, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, or Detroit. But, when the Japanese, Indians, Finns, Swiss, and many others look at your school district, they see "Detroit".  And when they look at your government educated children, they see....
 
MORE EVIDENCE THAT SODOMITES ARE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE...
     
Councillors in the Netherlands have agreed to allow gay sex in the public area of an Amsterdam park.
 
Gay men having sex in the city's famous Vondelpark will be permitted as part of a set of new rules of conduct for the country's best-known park.
 
"Why should we try to impose something that is actually impossible to impose, which also causes little bother for others and for a certain group actually means much pleasure?", said Paul van Grieken, an Alderman in the Oud-Zuid district of the city.
 
The park's rose garden has become a well known spot for gay men looking for sex.
 
Mr van Grieken stresses that tolerance to "cruising" gays, aimed at protecting homosexuals from violence, will have "strict rules attached."
 
"Thus, condoms must always be cleared away, it must never take place in the neighbourhood of children's playgrounds and the sex must be restricted to the evening and night-time," he told The Telegraph.
 
The new park rules have the blessing of the Dutch police, who have urged all Dutch parks to follow Amsterdam's lead.
 
The park, which draws hundreds of visitors, families, skaters and joggers over the summer will be fining those whose dogs are allowed to run around the Vondelpark off the leash.
 
Well, I'm glad that they at least don't let dogs run off-leash in the park. It might be embarrassing.
 
"THE SUBURBAN SCHOOLS RELIEF ACT"
 
The Bush administration said Tuesday it is willing to soften its long-held stance that every failing school, whether it fails marginally or miserably, be treated the same.
Under a plan unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, states would be allowed to differentiate how they label — and punish — schools, based on the degree to which a school fails to meet No Child Left Behind standards...
 
Some educators and policy makers praised Spellings' proposal. But Michael Petrilli, who served in the Education Department in Bush's first term and now works for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, likened it to a "suburban schools relief act."
"This proposal creates a real risk that we could step back from the pressure currently on suburban schools to close the achievement gap and get all students up to proficiency," said Petrilli, vice president of the conservative think tank.
 
The "tough as nails" Bush administration compromised with The Hero of Chappaquiddick to get No Child Left Behind passed - an "accountability in exchange for more money" trade-off. Now our highly trained education professionals are demonstrating yet again that no one can hold them "accountable" - but they will keep the money, thank you very much, and get more. Aren't we lucky to have such strong conservative leadership in Washington, D.C....
 
NO, SCHWARZENNEGGER IS NOT SERIOUS - NO ONE TOUCHES OUR HIGHLY TRAINED EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS' MONEY...
 
California's perennial debate over how much it is and should be spending on its largest-in-the-nation public school system has escalated sharply this year as the state faces a whopping budget deficit and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes – whether seriously or not is uncertain – to take a big bite out of the schools' money to close it.
 
The educational establishment and its allies in the Democratic leadership of the Legislature are howling about the governor's proposal that school spending be whacked by $4.8 billion from what the constitution otherwise would require it to be through the 2008-09 fiscal year....
 
In the midst of this Sturm und Drang, the Census Bureau on Tuesday issued an extremely detailed accounting of what states (and the District of Columbia) are spending on their schools. It undercuts the mantras being chanted by both of the Capitol's warring political factions.
 
Unlike other statistical compilations about school spending, the Census Bureau's report is based on hard numbers, is as up-to-date as such data can be (2005-06 fiscal year) and, most important, includes financing from all sources and spending on all categories, rather than the selective figures being batted around by others.
 
The Census Bureau report strongly refutes the oft-cited "fact" that California is near the bottom in per-pupil school spending. The national average was $9,138 in 2005-06. California was at $8,486, with New York the highest at $14,884 and Utah the lowest at $5,437 – one of 22 states, in fact, that fell below California's level.
In terms of school revenues, California was 25th among the states at $10,264 per pupil, just under the national average.
 
By the way, I wonder how California government schools manage to scape by on roughly $250,000 per year per classroom...
 
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