Sunday, May 26, 2013
Right Wing Radicalism in Schools
If you have children in schools in Ohio, you should take notice of what kind of policies are being pushed in some districts.
....The Springboro Community City School District officials is considering a policy (PDF) that would encourage students to “think critically” about “controversial” issues like evolution, abortion, climate change, UN Agenda 21 and sustainable development. The policy directs teachers to fully explore “all sides” of these issues....
....The proposal presumably requires teachers to bring up creationism during discussions of evolution and conservative conspiracy theories regarding the United Nations when discussing environmental initiatives.
“This policy appears to explicitly permit the teaching of creationism because ‘evolution’ is on the ‘controversial issues’ list and equal facts for the opposing viewpoint means classroom time spent on the religious theory of intelligent design (or creation science),” ACLU legal director James L. Hardiman explained in a letter (PDF) to the school board. “It has been firmly established that this practice is unconstitutional, in violation of the Establishment Clause.”
Plunderbund had recent news about Kelly Kohls, Springboro School Board President and member of the Warren County Tea Party. Read the post at Plunderbund here.
If you'd like to voice your opposition to this takeover of education by right wing radicals, you may contact the Springboro School Board member by email (AllBoardofEducationMembers@springboro.org), telephone ( (937) 748-3960), or FAX
( (937) 748-3956). You might even want to make an appearance at the next Springboro School Board Meeting on June 6, 2013. As a parent, you might not want your school district to be involved in a protracted legal case when they are challenged on the constitutionality of teaching creationism and "conservative conspiracy theories" to your children.