Marybeth Hicks

Barely enough time has passed for bologna sandwiches to begin rotting in school lockers, yet the 2011-2012 school year is shaping up to be one of the stinkiest ever, if we’re measuring in episodes of putrid political correctness and radicalism.


A group in Brookline, Massachusetts is working to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from its school district on the grounds that reciting it is “un-American” and also might promote bullying of students who refuse to say it;

A student in Fort Worth, Texas, was suspended for expressing privately to another student, unrelated to the content of the German class in which they were, that his Christian beliefs taught him that homosexuality is wrong. The teacher, overhearing the private comment, sent the student to the principal’s office for disciplinary action – not for holding a side conversation during class, but for opposing homosexuality;

A mother in the Sierra Sands Unified School District in California learned from her kindergarten and third-grade daughters that a male employee of the school cafeteria came to work attired in make-up and a tank top, revealing a bra with exposed straps. The District claimed, “its hands were tied” because, while the attire in question would not be permitted for students, it could not limit a transvestite from dressing in drag for work even if such behavior disrupts the learning environment.

Meanwhile, parents in California work to overturn SB48, the bill signed into law in July by Gov. Jerry Brown that requires schools in that state to teach history and social studies lessons that celebrate the accomplishments of LGBT individuals and require that homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism be presented to California school children exclusively in a positive light.

Before the school year even began, a Monroe Township Schools in Williamstown, New Jersey, apologized to parents for placing books on its summer required reading list that included graphic descriptions of lesbian sex and a homosexual orgy, as well as recreational drug use. A committee of teachers, administrators and librarians came up with the summer reading list, which was then approved by the school board, implying educators endorsed the content of the books.

New this year, New York City’s public school students will sit through mandatory comprehensive sexuality education classes, including specific “age appropriate” information about sexual behavior, contraception, LBGT issues, gender identity, and sexual questioning. The district decides what is “age appropriate.” Parents who object to the material must opt out of the course for their children, assuming they get proper notification of when such material will be presented.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).