Coloring "Yes" And "No" In Virginia Public SchoolsNov 24, 2009
The Bible is an acceptable source for young people to look to for greater educational understanding? Yes! Educating young people in sexual abstinence and securing their physical health as well as emotional and relational well being as a result. No!
These answers colorfully highlight the great juxtaposition of worldviews that currently are playing out in America today. However, don’t think for a moment, as many in the punditry class stress, that the "Yes" answer is a red state exclusive, while the "No" answer is a blue state domain. Both answers were given right here in The Old Dominion recently by people elected to guide the education of our children.
On Tuesday, November 10, the Chesterfield County School Board voted unanimously to allow county high schools, as one supporter said, "to teach the Bible as an elective from an academic perspective."
On the other hand, on Tuesday, November 17, (as we wrote here), the Richmond Times- Dispatch reported this about a Henrico County high school:
The scheduling of an abstinence-only speaker today at Douglas Freeman High School has drawn protests from some teachers, an abortion-rights organization, and a gay and lesbian education network. (The speaker's engagement was upheld by the principle and school district, thankfully.)
Simply put, this isn’t a red versus blue thing. These issues are the very seasonably unfashionable colors of black and white. Some in our commonwealth are working to stay the forces of secular progressivism and others are looking to promote it. Two questions face each of us:
Am I managing to see the actual worldview that the children in my public school district are being taught?
Am I encouraging those leaders who stand up for truth in spite of the criticism?
If your children attend public schools, please take some time to uncover what dominant worldview they are being taught. Find out what they are being told Yes! and No! to. From that color spectrum, the answers will quickly emerge from a hazy purple to a very poignant "Yes" or "No."