So, I wonder sometimes how crazy the world is going to get. Don't you?
Last night I heard a news story about a teacher who is known to have abused the children in her special needs class. There were witnesses to her hitting and encouraging other children to hit a student. There was emotionally abusive language. And, I'm sure there were children who feared to go to school. Yet, the last comment made by the reporter was: "She will be reassigned in the fall." Um, what? And the parents, albeit with sadness and fear, are still sending their child off on the school bus every morning. Huh?
It is the opinion of this concerned and tax-paying parent that abusive teachers should be banned from teaching. End of story. And, if that is not happening, parents need to really reconsider sending their children off to school. If they cannot homeschool or find an alternate method, they should at least be protesting and fighting a system that would allow "reassignment."
When I was growing up (oh so long ago), it seemed that schools were at least trying to work in concert with parents to help PROTECT the children in their care. But, these days, I hear more about teachers molesting kids, or having affairs with kids, or selling drugs to kids than I do about scholastic achievement or Teachers of the Year. Schools aren't always [I am certainly not indicting ALL schools] protecting students' bodies. And they really aren't protecting their minds -- their innocence or their emotions.
The agenda seems to have changed drastically. Here is a letter I recently sent off to a local public school regarding a show they put on. You can glean the details and see what I mean! [I have slightly changed the wording for better reading here. The attachment alluded to can be found here: http://www.westsidestory.com/site/level2/lyrics/krupke.html ]
Dear Principal of a local Public High School:
I recently attended a performance of the choirs and string orchestra of your school. Last May, your students put on “The Show Must Go On!”
This was the first time I had attended a high school performance in some time. I was very surprised by what I saw. The overall focus of the show seemed not to be so much on the singing (I could tell because the kids sang very softly and did not enunciate clearly enough to be heard and understood) as on the “performing.” Much of the performing included dancing and a few costumes that I personally found overly-sensual.
High-schoolers are generally aged around fourteen to seventeen. At those ages, sexual behavior of any kind is illegal (not to say “immoral”). I had to wonder why sexual behavior is being promoted in high school music productions? I saw a whole group of young girls allowing a whole group of young boys the opportunity to run their hands down their arms and sides. (There is a way to give the appearance of stroking without actually stroking – it is called “acting.” These students did not learn the difference!) I saw girls jiggle their “assets.” I saw girls and boys paired off at every turn. And, even more surprisingly, I saw boys with boys and girls with girls being paired off in hugging embraces, throughout the show. I had heard that homosexuality was rampant in schools these days, but I did not realize it was being so blatantly promoted (not “tolerated” – but, “promoted”) by the administration. Homosexuality is a sexual act, just like any other sexual act. It is illegal for minors. So, I wonder why it would be encouraged as a part of your music curriculum?
The song choice included a number from West Side Story called “Gee, Officer Krupke.” I had to wonder, why that particular song? It does have a fun beat, but have you read the lyrics? I have enclosed a copy for you. It is disrespectful to parents (calls Dad a “bastard”) police, and all forms of authority, and uses bad language (SOB, damn, and “Krup you” is a thinly veiled “F.U.”). It seemed unnecessarily provocative. If we don’t want our children to act in these ways, I wonder why we promote them as fun in our school plays?
I was offended off and on throughout the entire show. I hope that you will reconsider what you allow and don’t allow on stage in future productions. I hope that you will encourage your teaching staff and your students to focus on the music and the acting, rather than the sexual agenda.
Thanks for listening.