Monday, March 20, 2006


Opting Out of Opt Out

The Manhattan-Ogden school district has already opted out of the state board's inane, intelligent design inspired science curriculum. Other districts are being encouraged to do the same.

Now comes word that the Lawrence school district may opt out of the state board's newly enacted sex education opt-out policy.

Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman says the district is unlikely to change its own policy in response to the board’s recent vote to require parental permission before students take sex education courses, according to the Lawrence Journal World.

“The arguments they’re making are just voices in the dark,” Weseman said. “They’re just not issues.”

Word is that the state board doesn't plan to rest on its laurels. Now that they've merged science with theology and moved sex education out of the schools and into the the back seats of cars where it belongs, they plan to take up the problem of pornography in literature classes.
Conservative board member Bacon said he’d read some of the texts on the Blue Valley reading list. The list includes “Beloved” by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison and “Black Boy” by Richard Wright.

“I’m thinking, ‘Who in their right mind would want to force this on a child?’” Bacon said. “To me, it screams sexual harassment... "


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