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Just so we are clear on the kind of thing we’re up against.

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Trump chose Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Scott hates the EPA and has been a vocal opponent of the EPA. Scott doesn’t believe in climate change. Scott is a huge supporter of and in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry.

 
Trump chose Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. Betsy doesn’t like public schools and has worked to defund them in Michigan. Detroit schools are the lowest performing among big city schools in the country, and over the last 15 years the entire state of Michigan has declined when it comes to student performance, based in part on defunding and the deregulation of charter schools under Betsy.

 
Trump named Pablo Escobar to the post of Drug Czar. Pablo is a Columbian drug overlord who trafficked mainly in cocaine and was responsible for thousands of murders. Also, he’s dead.

 
That last one was fake news. But the first two are real. Be vigilant. These are not normal times.

Ray-Moore1By Travis Gettys

A Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor wants to replace public schooling with church-run schools, but he admits it would be a difficult process that could take years.

Ray Moore, a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries, sketched out his plan for dismantling public education in the U.S. on Wednesday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show.

He has encouraged Christian families to withdraw their children from public schools and educate them at home or enroll them in religious schools, and he believes the tipping point would occur at about 25 percent to 35 percent of the total K-12 population.

“Then the states would then negotiate, perhaps taking out of their constitution platform, or the provision, that says the state had to ande_022505-Creationism_lrprovide education, and it would gradually be handed over to churches, families, and private associations,” Moore said. “That’s the way it was for the first 200 years of American history.”

He said non-religious schools, which he has called “the Pharaoh’s schools,” posed an existential threat to Christians.

Moore has previously claimed that 40 percent of public school students turn away from the church by the end of elementary school and 80 percent by the end of high school.

“We’ve got to go back to the original biblical model, which is Christian education and home education, and go back to the original American model. I think we do that, it would follow my theme of my campaign, which is: What once was, can be again” Moore said, rhyming the last word with “rain.”

Many Republicans are opposed to government-funded education, including another lieutenant governor candidate in this election cycle.

Texas Republican Dan Patrick told the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch on Thursday that public schools in his state indoctrinate children with anti-American, left-wing, and environmental propaganda.

He compared his model for education to Henry Ford’s mass production of automobiles, saying the private market had a solution to every problem.

images-267“The scriptures teach this model, this is a biblical model, we don’t see anything in the Bible about state education, and it’s done as an outreach of the Christian community,” Moore said.

He dismissed concerns about diversity, suggesting that non-Christians could attend “private-free market schools.”

“We’d have a lot of those who don’t want to be in religious schools, but when you’ve got 70 percent of the population in South Carolina still in a Christian denomination – we’re the majority, and we are being abused, coerced, and imposed upon by these pagan atheistic public schools, and it’s just got to stop,” Moore said.

 

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Posted: September 9, 2013 in education, parenting

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Posted: September 8, 2013 in education

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By Stephen Foster, Jr.

sex-edLong one of the most conservative states  in the nation, Oklahoma is one state that has steadfastly refused to implement comprehensive sex education that includes contraception. Instead, Republicans in the state have advocated for abstinence-only plans that have been proven not to work time and time again. And because of that epic failure, one school district is defying the GOP.

In a move that is certain to draw the ire of the Christian Right, the Tulsa Public School district is ditching abstinence-only programs and will begin teaching comprehensive sex education to 7th, 9th, and 11th grade. And why is Tulsa doing this, you ask? Because abstinence-only is a total failure that has resulted in the state having the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, resulting in nearly half of all impregnated teens not graduating from high school. This, in turn, hurts Tulsa and the state because these young women don’t have the education they need to get good paying jobs which causes a higher need for welfare.

According to the Tax Foundation, Oklahoma ranks 15th in the nation in the amount of federal dollars it receives compares to what it pays in taxes. For every dollar Oklahoma sends to Washington DC in taxes, the red state gets $1.36. That makes Oklahoma a welfare state, and it only gets worse as more teenagers are forced to drop out of school because of an unwanted pregnancy. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has spent millions on abstinence-only programs over the years. Such programs have failed miserably and only contribute to Oklahoma’s status as a welfare state.

Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Steve Mayfield told Tulsa’s Channel 9 News:

Forty-four percent of students who become pregnant or who are married at that age fail to graduate from high school, and that’s something that affects them for the rest of their life.

Many of these teens end up being single mothers who lack the resources and education to get a well-paying job that helps them sexedu2raise their child. About a quarter of young unmarried mothers end up in poverty, and poverty is itself a cause of teen pregnancy. It’s a vicious cycle that Republicans don’t seem to care about. But educators in Tulsa seek to end it by actually teaching sex education that really does work.

Oklahoma Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Director Kim Schultz concurs with Mayfield and applauds the district’s switch.

We really view the teen pregnancy prevention program as a drop out prevention program,” Schulzt said. “This is really going to help students stay in school, finish school, go onto college, get good jobs, make Tulsa a better place to live. I think, ignoring the issue is something we don’t have the luxury of doing any longer.

When he spoke to the Tulsa World, Mayfield said that as far as he knows, Oklahoma schools have always taught abstinence-only and have never taught students how to properly protect themselves from HIV, STDs, or unwanted pregnancies.

I can’t remember it ever being a topic in TPS – even embedded in a biology class or something before,” Mayfield said. “I’ve read the entire curriculum, and the first priority is abstinence. The key to this that I really like is it shows you the HIV and disease rates. Kids don’t think in those terms, but they need to.

 

Study after study proves that abstinence-only doesn’t work to lower teen pregnancy rates and the spread of HIV. Statistics show that conservative states that rely solely on abstinence-only programs have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. That includes Oklahoma. Furthermore, when states implement comprehensive sex education in their schools, the teen pregnancy rate tumbles accordingly, like it did in California this year.

Abstinence-only programs also cause higher abortion rates, which is something that Republicans don’t want to hear, but it’s true. When teen girls don’t have a clue how to protect themselves when they have sex, they end up with an unwanted pregnancy which leads to more abortions. If teens were to learn about contraception in school and have easier access to it, they can prevent unwanted pregnancies, thus preventing the very abortions that conservatives claim to despise. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reveals  that when women have free access to contraception, unwanted pregnancies and the abortion rate plummets.

Clearly, Tulsa Public Schools is taking action to halt the rising teen pregnancy rate in Oklahoma. The question is, will Republicans follow suit and replace abstinence-only programs with comprehensive sex ed or will they stand in the way…as usual.

So, what do you think?  Why the correlation?  This goes beyond this graphic, but why are the most religious states also the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates, and the poorest states, and the most politically conservative states, and the states receiving the most in welfare and other government aid?  What is the connection?

Could it be that abstinence-only education leads to more pregnancy?  Or that religious guilt as a way of dealing with sexuality doesn’t equip young people to deal with their sexuality in a healthy way?

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