Saturday, March 08, 2008

Going Back to Cali...NOT! California Exodus

Many of us have been aware for a long time of the battle for the hearts and minds of our children. While many more have chosen to ignore or deny it. Recent events in California should open even the blindest of eyes of those dwelling in the comfy land of "De Nial". Oh where shall I begin? Have you heard of SB777?

The issue is the state legislature's adoption of Senate Bill 777, which requires only positive portrayals of homosexual, bisexual, transgender and other alternative lifestyle choices.

"First, the law allowed public schools to voluntarily promote homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality. Then, the law required public schools to accept homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual teachers as role models for impressionable children. Now, the law has been changed to effectively require the positive portrayal of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality to six million children in California government-controlled schools," said Randy Thomasson

The law itself technically bans in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute, said.

There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.

"SB 777 will result in reverse discrimination against students with religious and traditional family values. These students have lost their voice as the direct result of Gov. Schwarzenegger's unbelievable decision. The terms 'mom and dad' or 'husband and wife' could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured," she said.

There is more, read it all here.
This is completely unacceptable to a vast number of California families. The answer to this is a campaign called The California Exodus. It is estimated that over 600,000 families will leave the govt. school system turning to homeschool and private Christian schools.

A rogue judge in California just this week decides that he is going to throw a monkey wrench into these plans. The court has ruled homeschooling in California illegal if not led by a certified teacher. There is so much chatter, I am still trying to dig through it all to find out the bottom line. The homeschooling community (which is diverse yet tight) is all a buzz. I am on several hs email lists for everything from curriculum reviews or support to policy policing. Everyone is talking about it and rallying together. This ruling will NOT stand. It is important that everyone who values their freedom to parent their own children without the intrusion of govt. come together on this, regardless of educational preferences.

Here is a good place to start- Please Sign this Petition to Support Homeschool Freedom in California. 127,599 signatures so far!

Homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the US at 7-12% each year. It now is a proven successful alternative to the traditional government compulsory form of education. Check out some of these statistics on homeschooling.

These issues of forced indoctrination, banning of alternatives all against and in the face of parents must be addressed and not passively accepted.

Parental rights are under attack in our nation, with the first threat originating from within the federal court system. As this story illustrates, a growing disregard for parental rights has been spreading within the courts of our nation.

Across the country, many judges are beginning to deny the vital role of parents in the lives of their children, instead inserting the government into a "parental" role in a child's life. This dangerous assertion is leading to the severance of the child-parent relationship in numerous instances across the nation—removals that cause unnecessary pain to both children and their parents.

A thirteen-year-old boy in Washington State was removed from his parents after he complained to school counselors that his parents took him to church too often. His school counselors had encouraged him to call Child Protective Services with his complaint, which led to his subsequent removal and placement in foster care. It was only after the parents agreed to a judge's requirement of less-frequent church attendance that they were able to recover their son.
more at Parental


lady amarant (simone) said...

Since Homosexuality, Transgenderism and other forms of gender variance are biologically determined, impressionable children would be in no danger of "turning", unless they themselves had that same difference in brain chemistry. The impression they might take away though is that people who are different are not automatically something to be feared and hated.

Indy Jane said...

Thank you for your comment, Simone. I don't think the parents of the impressionable children are concerned about their children "turning". Nor do parents who disagree with these alternative lifestyles teach their children to fear and hate those who are different.

That is not the point. It is not the role of the Courts to legislate these sorts of decisions or the role of the government to replace parents. In our form of government the minorities are protected but are not to overrule the wishes of the majority. Government schools (taxpayer supported) need to teach our children the 3Rs and not concern them about the sexuality of certain sectors of our society. It's out of bounds, BIG TIME.

If folks want their children to learn of such things they can open private liberal schools of their own or homeschool. But don't ask the govt. which is to be of the people, by the people, for the people to indoctrinate our children with such things contrary to our desires. They will learn of such things soon enough at a more appropriate maturity level at the PARENTS discretion.

Mike Stajduhar said...

I beg to differ. The issue of whether gender identity and sexual orientation are caused by environmental or biological factors is very much an open question. It seems likely to me that both play a substantial role.

To the extent that environmental factors are involved, it is perfectly reasonable for parents to want to limit their exposure to certain lifestyles and worldviews.

Mike Stajduhar said...

Just to be clear, it's Lady Amarant I'm disagreeing with. I wrote my response before Indy Jane posted hers but didn't post it right away. When I finally got around to putting it up I realized that Jane had provided a far better rebuttal than I ever could.

lady amarant (simone) said...

I hear what you guys are saying, and I agree. Schools should be teaching skills. Leave sex education, religious education and other socially sensitive subjects at home. However, gender variant people are subject to horrible discrimination and bigotry. Transgendered people, for example or more likely to die of a hate crime than all the other minorities combined. Insofar as that's the case, schools should be teaching tollerance and understanding. They don't have to force different sets of values on kids for them to say: "These people are different from you. You don't have to agree with them, You don't have to like them. But they deserve the same rights and respect as you would expect for yourself."

Anonymous said...

There was a case in Indiana where divorced parents, who were wiccan, were threatened with losing custody if the persisted in teaching their religion to their child. The judges orders have been overturned.

I am wondering, as long as we are sticking to the 3R's, what is the general opinion on religion(the 4th R?) in public schools? I do not like the idea of my child learning his religion at school(or by judicial fiat) any more than others here want their children learning about sexuality.