Abstinence is unrealistic and old fashioned

Such insight in a 27 year old is impressive.

The Matt Walsh Blog

From my inbox, an email from a high school student named Jeremy:

“Dear Matt, first I want to say I really like your blog. One of my teachers actually mentioned it in class once after you wrote something (she didn’t mention it in a good way lol) and I went and looked you up so I’ve been following you ever since. I know you get so much email so I don’t expect you to see this but in case you do I wanted to get your opinion about something. You write a lot about relationships and everything so I’m wondering if you think abstinence should be encouraged in school?

Reason I’m asking is because we are doing our sex ed lessons in health class now and the topic has come up. Yesterday my health teacher was talking about safe sex and someone mentioned abstinence and she said it wasn’t realistic…

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Moral Code For School Children

Moral Code For School Children

Published 1925 in Collier’s, the National Weekly

It’s a bit hard to read, so here is the text:

If I Want To Be a Happy, Useful Citizen I Must Have:

Courage and Hope

I must be brave—This means I must be brave enough and strong enough to control what I think, and what I say and what I do, and I must always be hopeful because hope is power for improvement.

Wisdom

I must act wisely—In school, at home, playing, working, reading or talking, I must learn how to choose the good, and how to avoid the bad.

Industry and Good Habits

I must make my character strong—My character is what I am, if not in the eyes of others, then in the eyes of my own conscience. Good thoughts in my mind will keep out bad thoughts. When I am busy doing good I shall have no time to do evil. I can build my character by training myself in good habits.

Knowledge and Usefulness

I must make my mind strong—The better I know myself, my fellows and the world about me, the happier and more useful I shall be. I must always welcome useful knowledge in school, at home, everywhere.

Truth and Honesty

I must be truthful and honest—I must know what is true in order to do More

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Public education – always a hot topic

Across North America major international players are reshaping public education behind the scenes to suit their own self-serving agendas, without regard for the wants of parents and the welfare of their children, and turning teachers into pawns. This video lecture documents how today’s educational system dumbs down kids deliberately, creating people who don’t think or ask any questions, but just follow orders.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=7398714418354815608&hl=en&fs=true

If you are not up for a video at this moment, go to the website of John Taylor Gatto (http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/index.htm). John Taylor Gatto is one of today’s most interesting writers on education. He has written many articles on the topic and is perhaps most well known for his book, Dumbing Us Down: The Invisible Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

As a former New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto has an “inside the trenches” perspective on education and his criticisms cannot be easily written off. Look into what he has to say about what he has learned about the educational system after more than 30 years of classroom experience. BTW, in his effort to inform as many people as possible, he has made his excellent book about the history of American education free online: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/index.htm.

the deliberate dumbing down of america – a free pdf

We complain about education, but did you know there was/is a plan for our educational system? Yep, around 1914 there was a change in the objectives of education and the roosters are finally coming home to roost. Don’t think that I am some crackpot mumbling some wild conspiracy, this one is actually very well documented, and if affects us all as either participants or parents of…

Here is the official link to a free pdf of the book “the deliberate dumbing down of america” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, who served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education. Read this and be educated.

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/

In case you find a whole book too much, you can read the transcript of a radio interview with her:

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/pages/reviews3.html

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