While all of us are focused on the Texas School Board insanity, it's really important to remember it's not limited to Texas. There are a lot of "off the cliff" school districts, boards and administrators out there. Norfolk, Virginia is a shining example.
Oakwood Elementary's principal was placed on administrative leave Friday as school officials investigated why life like, 4-inch-long plastic fetus dolls were given to dozens of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.
On Thursday, the school staffer thought to be responsible for handing out the dolls was placed on leave.
I read this twice to be sure I wasn't imagining it. Seriously? I cannot imagine my reaction as a parent to my child coming home with such an atrocity.
Even though the article didn't mention it specifically, I would be willing to bet the students receiving these "gifts" were girls, not boys, too. That's what we need...to intimidate and indoctrinate the girls at a young age while giving boys a pass. Good job, Virginia.
This followed a blast aimed at the very same school by the ACLU for the principal's invitation to students and teachers alike to participate in prayer and Bible study.
Both of these incidents point to shameless efforts on the part of the extreme religious right to indoctrinate children rather than educate them.
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