Long, Long Ago

Sometime near the middle of the last century I was sent by my parents into the cruel world to study at the gubmint schools. My task was to learn to read, do mathematical procedures, write a decent sentence, maybe learn a little scientific stuff like the periodic table. How many of you said, “What’s a periodic table?”? I learned that in third grade, see here.

Things went fine for a few years then I had a little trouble with one of my teachers. Apparently the “progressive” gubmint schools had decided that I needed to know how to speak a foreign language. I didn’t agree and a melee ensued. That was unacceptable and I was sent to the office and my parents were called. I knew I would be ok once my parents got there. Not so. They sided with the teacher without question. They didn’t even want to know what was going on they just wanted me to straighten out and do my school work. Period.

A lot of people now are asking what happened to that? Why are kids so unruly now? You hear some of the older people telling how it was when they were in school and how none of this was tolerated. You didn’t come to school dressed like a bum, you didn’t cuss at the teacher, you were always in class on time with your tools to do the days work. On and on and on like that they go questioning why it can’t be that way now.

But then there is the other side of the coin that asks what are they teaching my kids now? Why do they need the school to tell them how to use a condom? Why are they giving out condoms? I don’t want my kid to learn about homos. What is this metric crap? No union propaganda for my kids. And on it goes into infinity. It seems every time you turn around they are exposing your kids to something else you object to. Where does it end?

Do you think there is a connection here? Or do you think the kids should just sit there and listen to this crap and you will take care of it at the PTA meeting. Oh. You’ve never been to a PTA meeting? What about a school board meeting? Have you ever run for the school board? You don’t have to have kids to be on the school board. Were you aware of that?

Well. It looks like we’ve stumbled on a few flies in the ointment here. If you’re not involved in the school board process, who is? What about the PTA? Do they even have one anymore? Maybe you should start one. Is there a law for that kind of thing? Do you really care? You see, here’s the thing, I never used that second language. Not even once. Until next time, screw environmentalists.

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