Tuesday, May 03, 2005

"We did not say what we said. Honest!"

I love it when a week willed political figure takes a stand, and when public opinion turns on them they bend like a tree in a storm. It seems that Maryland has a school system that bent faster then most.
May 2 11:24 AM
School officials say parents in Montgomery County, Md. won't be allowed to sit in on the new sex education classes.

According to The Washington Times the school system feels the parents' presence would have a "chilling effect on the educational process."

If you're in a classroom and want to have a frank discussion among your peers, county schools spokesman Brian Edwards said you can't do that with your friend's mother sitting in the corner.
It seems that a lot of parents are rather upset that their children are being taught sex education with this new program. Here are a few tidbits of this super sex-ed program.
November, the Montgomery County school board approved a health curriculum that incorporated changes in the eighth and 10th grades. Health lessons were redesigned to allow teachers to discuss homosexuality with eighth-grade students. Before the change, teachers could respond to questions but not initiate a conversation about the topic. Changes at the 10th-grade level included the addition of a seven-minute video that discusses abstinence and condoms and includes a segment during which a woman uses a cucumber to demonstrate how to put on a condom.
Now this program has optional parts, and being optional some parents wanted to sit in and see if they want to remove their children. Thats when the school shut the door in their faces.

Well as the wind blows the school system has backed down and said they did not say what they said.
May. 2, 2005 - 5:03 PM
Parents who want to sit in on some new sex education classes can do so now in Montgomery County.
School spokesman Brian Edwards says a published report released Monday was not quite right. Principals may limit the number of classroom visitors based on available space, but no parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the class will be denied an opportunity to see it.

Edwards says individual school principals will decide how long an adult can view the class, based on how many adults want to attend.
The second a school says a parent cannot view and see what their children are learning and watching people should get fired. No school has that power and if they think they do it is time to string some public officials to the nearest tree.

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