Perkins is Against Indoctrination. Except When He Isn’t.

You may have heard the story of a teacher in North Carolina who read the book King and King, a fairy tale about a gay couple, to his third grade class. He resigned after a public freak out. Tony Perkins, of course, thinks this is just proof that schools now indoctrinate instead of teach.

Hours after he read the story to his class, Efland-Cheeks’s principal called Currie and asked for a meeting the next morning. Three parents had filed formal complaints, and within weeks, started a movement to remove the book from Orange County Schools completely. “When I read the story,” Currie admitted, “the reaction of parents didn’t come into my mind.” And that’s exactly the problem. If parents are going to entrust the moral and academic training of their children to government schools, then they need to be involved in what’s being taught. In this case, Currie took it upon himself to bypass families and introduce a controversial subject to eight-year-olds without even warning school officials.

As a result, 200 people turned out at a district meeting to demand the book be taken out of district classrooms. Twice, the committees voted to keep it. And while parents didn’t succeed in ousting King and King, they did manage to get a heads-up about what books are being taught. Under a new directive, teachers are required to submit a list of books teachers intend to read to students.

Fortunately in this case, school administrators were responsive to parents’ concerns. As David Parker will tell you, that’s not always the case. Back in 2004, he and his wife objected to the same book being read to his elementary school-aged son, and he was hauled off to jail for his objections! Like a growing number of moms and dads, the Parkers realized that it was time to consider other alternatives to public schools.

At some point, we have to step back and ask the question, “What is the purpose of school?” When did it stop being about the education of children and start becoming about political indoctrination?

Yes, yes, Tony Perkins is totally against the schools indoctrinating people. That’s why he supports mandatory Bible reading and recitation of government-composed prayer in schools. Because he’s so against indoctrination and stuff.

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  • John Pieret

    That’s why he supports mandatory Bible reading and recitation of government-composed prayer in schools

    But that’s just teaching them the TRUTH©. That teacher was trying to teach a LIE that gays are not icky!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    David Parker was not hauled off to jail for his objections. He was arrested because of the way he objected. When he didn’t get his way he refused to leave and was finally arrested for trespassing. Before his arrest he was told how he could appeal the ruling of the school board, but decided to not do that and instead hold a personal sit in.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Back in 2004, he and his wife objected to the same book being read to his elementary school-aged son…

    And by “the same book” they mean “‘Who’s in a Family?’, which is a different book”. (see “Dad on trial over

    homosexual book”, WND)

     

    …and he was hauled off to jail for his objections!

    He was! Who will stand up for his right to not cede the microphone when asked, not step aside when asked and not leave a public meeting when asked after demanding that he be allowed to pull his kid from classes that teach things with which he disagrees?

     

    Like a growing number of moms and dads, the Parkers realized that it was time to consider other alternatives to public schools…

    Especially after he lost in court. Even though he was the plaintiff in that case, he’s the real victim. Also, Freedom.

  • whheydt

    Re: markmckee @ #2…

    That was my guess without doing any research, that it was a matter of how not what.

  • brewlord

    Does Perkins think that third graders are unaware of gay people?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    When I was a third grader I was unaware of gay people. Then again, that was during the Dark Ages.

  • Onamission5

    @6:

    I was not unaware, but that is mostly because my parents had already explained to me, at the tender age of four, why I was not allowed to play with some of the neighbor children in their own home. I could play with them at my house, or in the woods, or on the outskirts of their property, but I was not allowed to pass the front fence on their property. Lesbians moms, you see. I don’t know which of us was sadder when, after disobeying and playing with the neighbor kids in their yard, I had to tell the nice lady that I couldn’t come into her home for milk and cookies– me, who had hurt an adult’s feelings and had to stay outside in the hot sun, or the nice lady who let four year old me eat my milk and cookies in her yard, alone, while the rest of the kids enjoyed shade and company, because my parents were bigots against her family.

    You can bet I remembered that experience when I began to understand myself as bisexual a dozen or so years later.