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  • just a conservative girl 9:58 AM on 12/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reason 14,982 To Home School – “Boyd Bucks” & Bathroom Breaks 

    A first grader in Irving Texas wet his pants in school.  It probably isn’t all that unusual of occurence for first graders, they sometimes still have accidents.  But this little boy didn’t have an accident.  He didn’t have “Boyd Bucks” that allowed him to use the bathroom when he needed to go.   These “Boyd Bucks” are earned from the teacher as rewards for good behavior, and two are needed to use the facilities during an “unscheduled” bathroom break.

    Scheduled bathroom breaks?  Seriously?  What is this jail?  I mean a first grader sometimes will still have accidents even though they have developed bladder control.  I have worked retail on and off over the years as a way to make extra money, and even in that environment, I could use the lady’s room when I needed to.  I didn’t have to wait until it was scheduled.

    This is a first year teacher, who I guess is trying to show children that good behavior has benefits.  Well, yes it does.  But A. you shouldn’t be getting a “prize” for doing what you are supposed to be doing, and B. it shouldn’t include emptying your bladder when it is full.

    The poor boy made his way home that day and explained to his mother in tears why he wet pants.  I am sure that was a humiliating experience for him.  First he had to deal with walking around with urine in his clothing for the balance of the day, and he was, I am, sure embarrassed to explain this to his mother.  Most children at that age are very eager to be “big boy”.  Peeing in your pants is not seen as an activity that adults partake in.

    The mother comforted her son as best as she could, then went to have a little discussion with teacher.  The teacher then told her she would give her son an exception to the “Boyd Bucks” rules to use the bathroom.   After this incident she was still planning on charging children to pee.  The mother pushed the teacher and said that isn’t good enough and that all children should be allowed to use the bathroom when they have to go.

    Granted I am sure that many kids use the bathroom as an excuse to get out of doing some work, but generally speaking first graders are very eager to learn.  They are like sponges at that age, just absorbing everything around them.  So I doubt this a huge problem in the first grade, but I am willing to admit I could be wrong about that.  But another thing this teacher is not taking into account is the embarrassment she caused this little boy.  Do you think that other 6 and 7 year olds are not going to pick on him and call him pissy pants?

    I have experience with this topic, sadly.  When I was young I had to have three surgeries on my urinary track, I had many problems and not being able to hold it was a real issue for me.  You smell and your clothing doesn’t dry in a minute.  This little boy will be picked about something that was in the teacher’s control to prevent.

    The school administration has told the teacher that she can no longer use  the “Boyd Bucks”  system to use the bathroom.  But the system will continue.

    My question is what else do you need “Boyd Bucks” to do? The head spins just thinking about it.

     
    • Kerry 11:05 AM on 12/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am so glad I decided to homeschool. It’s incredibly hard sometimes, but after reading stories like this, it’s worth it.

    • Don 4:40 AM on 12/04/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I had something similar to this happen to me when I was in kindergarten. Instead of earned or scheduled times, if you went up to the teacher and asked and she decided not to answer, the student was supposed to go on to the bathroom. I had either forgotten this or not understood it and when she didn’t answer I sat down. As a result, I went in my pants and by the time I rode the bus home, I was soaked. My Mother went ballistic. It didn’t matter to her that the Kindergarten teacher was the Superintendent’s wife. She let that woman have it with both barrels and needless to say, from then on the teacher always answered the kids when they asked her a question.

      This just astounds me. I mean to have a person who is supposed to have all the training and schooling that a teaching position requires and to have them still do something this stupid is just amazing. This is exactly why my wife and I are going to try to send our youngest to a private school once we move to Florida. Here, in central Illinois where I live and in particularly the town we live in, the public school system has not seemed to have been struck with the far left hysteria. One time, one of the 2nd grade teachers in one of the grade schools here had a big to-do about Global Warming and the poor, poor polar bears. I wrote a letter to the editor debunking everything in the news article that the teacher stated as gospel. Then I listed my sources. This led to quite a few other folks writing in, not only to the newspaper, but the school as well and this “Global Warming” exercise was removed from the curriculum.

    • theraineyview 3:59 PM on 12/04/2012 Permalink | Reply

      If a church or parent had done this it would be all over the media.

  • just a conservative girl 10:38 PM on 01/18/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reason 15,893 to Home School 

    The NEA among others have come out with new guidelines for teaching sex education to our children.  While the report doesn’t specifically say this, I doubt that this will be opt-in.

    Lets begin with what will be taught to your 5-7 year-olds:

    They should be able to properly name both male and female anatomy, they should be able to talk about all different types of families, and show respect for these families.  They also need to be able to talk about and demonstrate how media influences how boys and girls think and act.

    7-10 year-olds:

    They should be able to define sexual orientation, and be able to name parents or adults that can help them understand sexual orientation.

    Apparently, the worry is that right now, only about 3.1 hours is spent talking to elementary school children about HIV/Aids, pregnancy, and STD prevention.  Silly me, I didn’t think I needed to talk to a five-year old about STD prevention.  I am so out of it.

    Here is one of my favorites:

    By completion of the eighth grade, the report says, students should be able to “[d]ifferentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” “[e]xplain the range of gender roles,” and “[d]efine emergency contraception and its use.”

    Upon completion of middle school, students should be able to “[a]nalyze external influences that have an impact on one’s attitudes about gender, sexual orientation and gender identity”; “[a]ccess accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”; “[c]ommunicate respectfully with and about people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations”; “[e]xplain the health benefits, risks and effectiveness rates of various methods of contraception, including abstinence and condoms”; and “[d]escribe the steps to using a condom correctly.”

    I am not naive enough to think that kids don’t have questions about sex or are not tempted to experiment.  Their bodies are changing and many kids hit puberty in the eighth grade and they start to have sexual feelings.  I get that.  I also get that kids are much more advanced in many areas then I was at that age.  But I will tell you, the very last thing I wanted to talk about, let alone participate in at that age was the down and dirty details of sex.  I was horrified whenever anyone brought it up.  I wasn’t ready at that age, plain and simple.  I get that not all kids will be like that, but there will be children who are just not ready for these types of conversations and to force it upon them is abusive.

    And by the time they graduate from high school students should be expected to “[d]efine emergency contraception and describe its mechanism of action” and “[a]ssess the skills and resources needed to become a parent.”

    Also included in the guidelines are the following: “Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of abstinence and other contraceptive methods, including condoms”; “Access medically-accurate information and resources about emergency contraception”; “Compare and contrast the laws relating to pregnancy, adoption, abortion and parenting”; and “Describe potential impacts of power differences (e.g., age, status or position) within sexual relationships.”

    Well, at least they are willing to talk about adoption over abortion and abstinence.  I guess I should take some comfort in that.  But never fear, the NEA, in all of its infinite wisdom, has partnered with Planned Parenthood and GLSEN to help write these guidelines.  Thank heavens, they contacted the experts in giving our children moral guidance.  /sarc.

    You can read the report here to get a gander at the glossary they provide.  Ooh, can’t wait.   Bedtime reading.

     
  • just a conservative girl 4:05 PM on 10/24/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Reason #14,965 to Home School 

    It seems that New York City has decided it needs to do something about the levels of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies.  While the horse has long left that barn, in their infinite wisdom, they have decided to require sex ed to all public school students.  Students will get one semester in six or seventh grade and again at nine or tenth grade.  While I feel that it is important to talk to your children about sex and the dangers of pregnancy and STD’s, it is the graphic nature of these discussions that are very objectionable.


    * Kids ages 11 and 12 sort “risk cards” to rate the safety of various activities, including “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant,’’ mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex and anal sex

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    We are going to be teaching 11 year olds about anal sex?  That is considered a good idea?  While I fully understand kids are by nature curious, this is not something that a stranger should be talking to our children about.  


    But, it gets better.  The high schoolers will be involved in pseudo field trips that include:

    * High-school students go to stores and jot down condom brands, prices and features such as lubrication.

    * Teens research a route from school to a clinic that provides birth control and STD tests, and write down its confidentiality policy.

    Just what I want, my teen being ordered to shop for condoms and a good route to a clinic that will give my child birth control pills without my consent.  But I would have to say the topper is:

    * Teens are referred to resources such as Columbia University’s Web site Go Ask Alice, which explores topics like “doggie-style” and other positions, “sadomasochistic sex play,” phone sex, oral sex with braces, fetishes, porn stars, vibrators and bestiality

    .Today on Go Ask Alice, the topics include oral sex and non latex condoms and easing orgasms for women.  Just the things I would want my teenager daughter to learn from someone who doesn’t love her or know her as well as her mom does.  The department of Ed says that they are stressing that abstinence is the only way to avoid STD’s pregnancy.  That seems pretty obvious to me from the workbooks!!  A Child psychologist is concerned about the teaching methods that are going to be used:

    “Kids are being told to either abstain or use condoms — that both are responsible, healthy choices,” said child and adolescent psychiatrist Miriam Grossman, author of “You’re Teaching My Child What?”
    The DOE “relies on latex,” she said.
    But Grossman argues that the books minimize the dangers that pregnancy can still occur with condom use, and that viruses such as herpes and HPV live on body parts not covered by a condom.

    Parents will be allowed to opt their child out on the prevention part of the course, but the part that they learn what “doggie style” is, is mandatory.  Well yee ha, ride ‘em cowboy.  


    Lovely.

    H/T to The Other McCain  

     
    • SignPainterGuy 7:23 PM on 10/24/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have to wonder how I made it through life without the advantages of all this PC and oh-so-well-meaning nanny state education. I barely remember High Screwel sex-ed; it wasn`t much more than simple drawings of the various parts and pieces and basic mechanics of the process and the admonition that, IF we were going to have sex, use a condom !
      My education at home was truly minimal as well. I was 12ish, visiting my Grandparents at the farm. I stayed at the barn all I could or somewhere outside. One day, two of my Uncles and a vet. showed up and led a cow into a narrow stall. I witnessed an artificial insemination. I thought it was cool as whiz and more than a little bit gross ! After it was over and we all walked back to the house, Mom was waiting at the yard gate and dragged me off to a private place. She said Grandma had demanded that Mom hurry down to the barn and get me before I saw what was going on; I had no business seeing THAT ! Mom told her that I`d learn eventually and she`d talk to me later. Well, here it came ! “Do you know what they were doing ?” “Yeah, they made the cow pregnant.” “OK then.”
      That is the extent of my “official and home” sex-ed.

      • just a conservative girl 3:19 PM on 10/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know how old you are, but that is sad. It is a difficult topic, but one that has to be broached with our children. Very few, if any, parents are able to pull off knowing where they are every minute of every day. But I do think that most parents have gotten better about discussing these topics. Maybe kicking and screaming, but talking nonetheless. I just don’t like the school system discussing these topics. I should get to decide what my child is ready to hear, not some nameless board of people that I have never met.

        • SignPainterGuy 5:14 PM on 10/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

          Born in `53, Class of `71, I still see the “parts and pieces” and the basic process of procreation to be a normal and acceptable study in Biology class. It`s the nuances of “making love” in a married situation that should be taught at home or a parent approved, supervised “sex-ed class” (do those actually exist ?)

          My Daughter was just 6 I think when she witnessed a cat giving birth in a yard flower bed. We all made a mad dash for a box and towels just in time for #2 of 5. My Daughter got a big chunk of her ed. right then. The next big step came on the farm when she was 9ish. My uncle got a call from a neighbor alerting him that his pregnant cow was in distress. I`ll never forget her eyes when she saw the calf`s feet protruding as my uncle led the cow to the barn stall and then watched as he and I winched the breach-birth calf into the world. I`d “helped” when our Daughter was born, one of the most exciting and special times of my life, but the birth of the calf, while Miss Big Eyes watched, was indescribable ! A shared moment I`ll never forget !

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