Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Public Education: There They Go Again

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A mother has been forced to file a complaint with the US Department of Education because her children's middle school conducted an explicit sex survey without the parent's written consent.

Every parent should be aware of this. Here's what happened and how it happened.

Fitchburg Memorial Middle School in Massachusetts says they felt they "passive" parental consent, meaning they sent the consent form home with the kids and if parents didn't object, they gave the 10 and 11-year-old kids the explicit sex survey.

John Whitehead, with the Rutherford Institute says, "What the schools say is that [if] they don't receive the consent note back with the parents saying they can't do it, they go ahead and do it anyway."

Whitehead says, "I think kids will probably on the Internet and see what these things mean, so I think just asking these questions raises some things that children should not be thinking about."


He said, "If I ask these same questions in my neighborhood to local kids, the police would be at my door in 30 minutes, suspecting me to be a pedophile."

Indeed they would---and should.

Whitehead says that "presuming" parents have given their tacit permission violates the "Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment".

He is now going to propose a policy that will require the school to obtain written parental consent.

I have met John several times and have interviewed him on television. He is an excellent lawyer, a passionate Christian conservative and devoted father. I think he will be successful with the new policy.

This is a link to the story as it was reported by local media. One might conclude that John Whitehead or even the parent is the problem, not the school, the survey or the lack of parental consent.

The bigger issue, obviously, is that public education has, to a great degree, become a social laboratory for the far left secularist movement.

Parents, I cannot overstate the importance of your vigilance in regard to your child in public schools. I know they are getting out this week for the summer, but those with the agenda never take a break. They will welcome your kids back in September with their arms open.

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

Gary Randall

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