In 1963 because of a case brought on by atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the Supreme Court removed the Bible from public schools. How have we progressed since then?
There was a time when insulting a teacher would get you a swat from the vice-principal. Today corporal punishment is forbidden and children are encouraged to turn their parents into the authorities if they decide to physically discipline them.
There was a time when children went to the school nurse because they felt bad. The nurse would take their temperature, comfort them, and notify their parents. Today in California, school nurses can take girls to get abortions without parental consent!
There was a time when kids could bring cough drops to school, but not candy. Today they can’t bring cough drops. Cough drops are drugs in today’s world.
There was a time when kids played cops and robbers at school. Today, five year olds are being suspended for pointing their index fingers at each other.
There was a time when children were expected to go to class, sit down, shut up, and pay attention. Today, a child can be disrespectful, swear at a teacher, and still stay in school.
There was a time when teachers really wanted to teach, and had the authority to correct bad behavior. Today, many teachers have no authority other than collecting a head count for income purposes.
There was a time when students were required to learn U.S. History, Civics, and the fundamental skills required to become a contributing member of society. Today, many students are pushed through to the next grade level, whether they learn the fundamentals or not.
There was a time when sex-education only provided students with an analysis of the reproductive system. Today, many schools want to teach various forms of sex education to preteens. At Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y. young girls were encouraged to learn the art of lesbian kissing. Some schools even think it is proper to instruct students how to apply a condom to a cucumber.
In California our legislature is currently debating a bill which will allow children to pick their gender regardless of their physiology. If a boy thinks himself to be a girl, he will be able to use the girl’s restroom and participate in activities designed for girls. Of course the girls will be able to use the boy’s restroom and engage in male activities as well.
There was a time when schools had Christmas programs, Christmas decorations, Christmas vacations and students were allowed to say Merry Christmas. Today, schools have winter breaks, holiday trees, and everyone is encouraged to say Happy Holidays. Students are warned never to mention Jesus Christ, or anything pertaining to Christianity. Valedictorians are constantly reminded not to include any religious language in their speeches.
What grade should we give our 50 year atheistic experiment? I would give it an “F”, but some schools even want to do away with letter grades because they can be damaging to the student’s self esteem. Our schools need a remedial course in morality and common sense. Maybe it is time to ask God to come back to school.