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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Could this happen in MO--schools providing condoms to students even if parents object?

Thanks to Hot Air for reporting on this dubious decision by a Massachusetts school district. The district is to supply students of all ages with condoms---even if the parents object. Click to read:


This is aimed primarily at fifth and sixth graders, but will be available to students as young as kindergarten age.

Call me crazy; call me paranoid. Indulge me for a moment. Think outside the box and down the road. Just what if this decision is not overturned in Massachusetts? What if the Department of Education thinks this is a great idea and mandates this be ordered in those states who signed on to the common core standards? What if the Department of Education feels its necessary to provide these condoms? The teaching of "safe sex" demands the participants use them. What if the districts of Missouri do not think this is a reasonable teaching device or practice they want to pass on to their students in health class? It won't matter what the districts want to put in place or not adopt. They will have no choice but to adopt the Federal standards.

By agreeing to sign on to the common core standards (many of which have not been determined), the Missouri State Board of Education has taken such possible decisions OUT OF THE DISTRICTS' PURVIEW.

Aren't common core standards great? Aren't you delighted our districts wouldn't have a say in such a mandate? I'm not saying this mandate will exist, but I implore you to keep your eyes open and get involved. Be a watchdog. IF IT CAN HAPPEN IN MASSACHUSETTS, IT CAN HAPPEN IN MISSOURI.

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