Thursday, May 05, 2011

How Much Should Teachers Teach?

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State Senator Stacey Campfield is answering this question----one that many parents across the nation are asking.

Campfield has sponsored a bill---SB 0049, in the Tennessee Senate that would amend Tennessee code to read, "No public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality."

I visited with Senator Campfield yesterday. He told me his bill will likely be voted on today.

As you can imagine, he has been vigorously attacked by those who oppose him and the bill. His bill has been dubbed the "don't say gay bill." And much worse. His legislative record shows he is neither bigoted or homophobic, but that matters little to those with the agenda.

He told me he is concerned about the "fence sitters" in the Senate. He said they come to me and say they agree, but are hesitant to take a public position with a "yes" vote because of fear. Barring that, he feels the bill has a good chance to pass.

So what is he saying?

He said, "Gary, I firmly believe that families, not public education, should decide what, when and how children are introduced to the controversial subject of homosexuality."

He told me, "Teachers should not decide for every family and every child what they think is right and what time they think is proper to introduce it to a child. ...I just think that's going too far."

Noting that schools are falling behind with their original mandate of teaching "math, science, English, history---the bare basics," he said, "schools should not 'be trying to teach our kids their social philosophy.'"

Well said. And true.

While he did not say this to me, I noticed he has told some adversarial interviews, like Alan Colmes and others that, "In spite of what educators say, teachers are spreading the' gospel of gay' in classrooms around the state."

I would add, "around the country."

Beyond this bill he said, "I hope lawmakers in other states will take note and review how public education is assuming a roll that families---parents, should rightfully hold and be emboldened to take a stand for what is right, morally."

We have those in the Washington State Legislature who would whole heartedly agree with the Senator from Tennessee---I know they would, however, in our case they are not in the majority. In fact, I believe Washington State leads the country in the number of openly homosexual legislators.

And they are active on every front, attempting to redefine marriage, re-engineer the family and rewrite 5000 year old social norms that have served every successful society.

Parents, please take responsibility in your children's education. And God save and protect the kids.

Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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