Thursday, June 12, 2008
From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth about America's Public Schools by Steve Baldwin and Karen Holgate
The American public school system, once the envy of the world, is now a sinkhole of political correctness, ineptitude and violence, yet its administrators demand - and receive - far more funding per child than do higher performing private and religious schools.
In From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth about America's Public Schools, you'll experience today's public schools as never before, through the voices of parents, students and dedicated teachers left stranded in the system, the same voices that school administrators are determined to stifle.
Lavishly armed with your tax dollars, government at every level encourages mass social experimentation on our kids - success optional. In From Crayons to Condoms, you'll discover...
* The lesbian gym teacher who hands out a paper called "101 Ways To Do It Without Going All The Way" in every class.
* The "Inventive Spelling" curriculum which demands of parents that they "avoid giving in to our natural desire to correct the mistakes" because it's "harmful to the children"
* The required courses in "death education" that actually encourage teen depression and suicide.
* The math classes in which students are told to write down how they "feel" about math problems...as opposed to learning fractions, algebra and multiplication tables.
Today's public schools are not just rife with bizarre, inaccurate textbooks and failed teaching practices - they encourage classroom activities that produce dangerous, even deadly, results.
Can our schools be saved? Yes, say the authors, but only if parents are ready to fight for their children every step of the way. The stories in From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth about America's Public Schools are sure to horrify and energize anyone concerned about today's kids, and our nation's future.
As Chairman of the California State Assembly Education Committee, Steven Baldwin initiated a series of hearings that demonstrated how fads, failed methodologies and political correctness have devastated the California public school system, the nation's largest - and one of the worst.
The co-author of "The Real Secret War," Mr. Baldwin has appeared on numerous talk shows including Larry King Live, and has written articles published in the Regent University Law Review, Washington Times and Human Events. Mr. Baldwin is currently the Executive Director of the Council for National Policy (CNP).
Karen Holgate became an educational activist after joining the fight against hardcore pornography. During public speaking engagements, she began hearing from parents concerned about the sex education curricula being promoted in the public school system.
Mrs. Holgate's articles and policy reports have appeared in publications including the Congressional Quarterly, Investors Business Daily, the Washington Times, and Insight Magazine. She has been interviewed by local and national radio shows, and has appeared on CBS, NBC and Fox news shows.
What are some of the steps parents can take to stop the brainwashing going on in our school systems and what can be done immediately to counteract the effects of the brainwashing kids are getting in our public school systems? Here's what the authors have to say:
The parents need to organize a parents group which would have the ability to monitor what is going on at the school. No, I'm not referring to the PTA, a group which was co-opted by the education establishment decades ago. I'm referring to a real parents group that would meet regularly, get its members on school committees, attend all school board meetings, review textbooks and maintain an informational website that other parents can access. Such a group would go far toward getting rid of some of the more outrageous abuses we have found in the schools.
If a parent is not willing to do this, then they need to consider pulling their child out of the public school system. As for the brainwashing, well, the best thing to do is to speak to your child about the controversial issues and make sure they are not getting a version that is clearly one-sided. For example, I speak to my boys about the health hazards of the homosexual lifestyle and the long history of violence by Muslims, both subjects they will not likely hear in their public schools.
The FROM CRAYONS TO CONDOMS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '08 will officially begin on June 1, 2008 and continue all month long. If you would like to follow Steven and Karen's tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in June. Leave a comment at any of their blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of their tour! One lucky winner will be announced on their tour page on June 30!
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