Protect your kids in Guilford County Schools
October 22, 2012 19 Comments
During recent years, parents have been concerned about safety issues in the Guilford County Schools system– and with good reason. The school board and administration simply are not committed to maintaining a safe educational environment.
But another issue has apparently surfaced.
Some parents choose affirmatively to send their kids to public schools. And some really have no choice. But all parents should be able to feel confident that the school system is not undermining their kids’ morals.
I am told that the system’s IB program has required reading that includes a book called “A Handmaid’s Tale.” This book has numerous sexual references and graphic passages. It repeatedly depicts promiscuity and multiple partner sexuality. It contains cultural messages regarding sexuality and relationships that are potentially harmful to adolescents during their formative years.
The book also glorifies drug use and dwells on suicide. There is considerable profanity found throughout the book– which also contains unfavorable depictions of Christianity.
(I am also advised of a couple of other inappropriate titles that are on the GCS required reading lists.)
It is certainly possible for GCS administrators and teachers to assume that IB students are intellectually mature; and should therefore be able to handle mature content. However, we cannot make the assumption that these teens are mature from the standpoint of relationships, their developing sexuality, and overall worldview.
The Guilford County Schools system has been ruled by liberals since its inception. Democratic gerrymandering gave the school board precisely the same district lines the Board of County Commissioners has had. This means that the school board has been dominated by individuals who harbor a liberal Democratic perspective.
Cultural relativism, secular liberalism, and sexual liberationism will therefore animate the philosophy that key players bring to the system.
Consider, for instance, the fact that the school board chairman– a practicing attorney– recently helped represent former Senator John Edwards with his legal troubles. It is somehow a bit unseemly that the person guiding the ship at the school system was involved representing such a sordid case. But that is what we have in Guilford County.
If parents want a change, they will need to demand it. And they will need to get the school board redistricted so that a better reflection of Guilford County residents is represented on the board.
One thing voters can do this particular election season is to throw school board member Sandra Alexander out of office, and instead to elect Pat Tillman to the school board’s at-large seat.
In the meantime, parents who are able to do so should seek alternatives to the public school system in Guilford County.
Dr. Joe Guarino is a Guardian columnist.