The Socialists are busy up in Hartford or, why Johnny can’t read

Driving honme a sense of democracy

Reader and fellow blogger Terry Cowgill sends along this example of the latest mischief state Democrats have foisted on our children. They won’t stop force-feeding their agenda down the throats of our children until all students think alike and think as they do. Or should I say, can’t think at all?

School curriculums must now include, in addition to Puerto Rican history and the dangers of joining gangs, the history and current status of the union movement in our country. Buried down there at number 12 is a brief mention of teaching reading, grammar and mathematics. Nice to know they give a token tip of the hat to what was once the basis and purpose of public education.

4.(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall

5 include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally

6 qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education;

7 health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and

8 development, nutrition, first aid, disease prevention, community and

9 consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including

10 youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which

11 may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident

12 prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar,

13 speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science; social

14 studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics,

15 geography, government and history, labor history and law, including

16 the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process and

17.existing legal protections in the workplace; and in addition, on at least

18 the secondary level, one or more world languages and vocational

19 education. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall

20 include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is

21 taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who

22 holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes

23 of this subsection, the “arts” means any form of visual or performing

24 arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and

25 theatre.

37 (d) The State Board of Education shall make available curriculum

38 materials and such other materials as may assist local and regional

39 boards of education in developing instructional programs pursuant to

40 this section. The State Board of Education, within available

41 appropriations and utilizing available resource materials, shall assist

42 and encourage local and regional boards of education to include: (1)

43 Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; (2) the historical

44 events surrounding the Great Famine in Ireland; (3) African-American

45 history; (4) Puerto Rican history; (5) Native American history; (6)

46 personal financial management; (7) labor history and law, including

47 the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process and

48 existing legal protections in the workplace;


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10 responses to “The Socialists are busy up in Hartford or, why Johnny can’t read

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    Sometimes our collective stupidity amazes me. It really does. Our ability to be blind to the obvious is staggering.
    People are different. And that is a good thing, I think. But “political correctness” forces us to ignore that. Who made “political correctness” the norm? Not me!! And I refuse to buy into it. It is just wrong and a denial of reality. That’s a good way to go through life, right? NOT!!
    All people are not created equal. That is my only problem with the Constitution. They should all, however, be granted equal opportunity.
    Are men and woman different? YES!! And that is a good thing. Why do people want to deny that? If I am in a burning building, and need someone to rescue me, I want a six foot three 220 pound Irish guy to carry me out. When I get to the hospital, I want a five foot four, big breasted babe of any nationality to nurse me back to health. Why is that racist?
    We preach “diversity” but then we want everyone to be the same. It makes no sense!! We deny reality, and try and make the denial reality. It makes no frigging sense.
    NYC cabdrivers smell. It is a fact. To say that is racist? To deny it is to make it reality? Women have more compassion than men. And they are softer and have parts I like to explore. Is that a bad thing? The Japs are more polite than we are. The Brits have bad teeth. The Pollack’s are really good bowlers. I could go on but I will stop.
    My point is that political correctness is not only wrong, it is dangerous. We try and treat Afghani’s like we treat each other. Yet they live in a society that is 700 A.D. They cut people’s heads off. They think it is moral to kill someone for burning a book. I have a problem with this. If that makes me racist, so be it.
    Anyhows, it’s raining and I am bored. You want to go to Foxwoods and steal some wampum from the Injuns?
    Your Pal,

  2. Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure we no longer require geography in our publuc school curriculum. My kids are pretty sharp and have good memories, but I am fairly certain they can’t find Washington D.C. on a map (forget about Syria or Greece). Yet one of them spent a long time in grade 4 learning the flowers of the northeastern states. Eventually I’ll just teach it to them, but this homeschooling thing is tough when they are at school 7 hours a day.

  3. Cos Cobber

    thanks for posting, i just vomited in my mouth. now, i think i do have to give more consideration to private school even though i am enjoying public school – thus far – in Cos Cob.

    maybe the republicans should just play ball too and load it with their curriculum preferences; i) reading; ii) writing; iii) arithmetic; iv) the advantages of capitalism; v) mass media manipulation on society; vi) while not perfect – america’s historical leadership for meritocracy; …etc

  4. Just you wait. School uniforms will soon sport the union label!

  5. CatoRenasci

    Not only do we need to get the federal government out of education altogether, we need to get the state government out of education altogether. Let each Town, city or unincorporated district provide it’s own schools (or not, as it chooses), with the curriculum it chooses, taught by teachers it chooses with qualifications and compensation it chooses.

    The closer the control of the schools is to the parents of the students and to those who pay for the schools, the more likely we’ll have schools that meet the needs of students and parents and society.

    Every child should have a right to the opportunity to get a good education, but the schools should not be required to babysit those who are disruptive.

  6. AJ

    A Kitchener father is angry at police after he was arrested at his child’s school and later strip-searched at the police station, all because his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in class.

    A 13-year-old kid attending a public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.

    A security thug at one school in California actually fractured the arm of one 16-year-old girl because she left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning up some cake that she had spilled.

  7. Greenwich Gal

    CatoRenasci –
    That is actually a terrible idea, having local governments in sole charge of education. That was actually the way it was many years ago and as you can imagine many Deep Southern communities thought it unnecessary to give a decent education to blacks as it was a “waste of resources” seeing as they would only be toiling in the fields later. Same for many of the manufacturing cities in GA, SC, NC. Many communities didn’t want to over educate the work force so they up and left the factory jobs.

    • Please point me to any improvement in our schools since the federal and state governments took over education. We could mandate equal allocation of resources to all schools in a community, if that’s the evil you want to see addressed, without handing over complete control to Washington and Hartford. And while he was just continuing and expanding a trend started 45 years ago, I blame Bush.

  8. Walt, you make perfect sense, to me anyway. I told you as much in another post. So please, Walt — Don’t change a hair for us. Not if you care for us. Stay rittre varentine, stay. ;-D

  9. Greenwich Gal

    CF – I think you would have to find improvements in a county by county basis. I do know that my grandmother, who was an educator, told me about her problems with the local school board in her Southern town in the 1950’s and 60’s and how they really did not want to “overeducate” the locals. They were only interested in providing the bare minimum. The average citizen’s kid was expected to grow up and work in the mills. Wealthy kids were sent to boarding schools for a competitive and superior education. It is a fact. Anybody with any money sent their children to private school. For the most part, things are different now due to new people moving in to these areas but there are still pockets of ignorance, oppression, backwardness.