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You Can't Have it Both Ways

by: Andrew Kujan

Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 04:31 PM EST

Matt Johnston over at Red Maryland is upset at the Montgomery County School Board for claiming they have the right to decide how children in the county's public schools learn about sex.  I agree that the board comes off sounding pompous in the WorldNetDaily article.  Then again, this is a WorldNetDaily article, which means it is written by conservative partisans, the type none too pleased with children learning about homosexuality in any positive way.

Either way, I don't understand Mr. Johnston's point.  I was under the impression that the school board was elected to determine educational policy for public schools.  What other purpose do they serve?  How does Mr. Johnston feel they should busy themselves? 

I assume that Mr. Johnston is a supporter of public schools, and in that case, he should consider running for the school board or at least supporting a candidate for the board that supports his views.  I believe he will have trouble finding a candidate who is willing to be elected to do absolutely nothing, but good luck.

I agree with Mr. Johnston that criticism should be encouraged, not ignored as the MOCO Board appears to be doing (see comments).  However, claiming that a county school board has no right to control the county curriculum makes no sense whatsoever.

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Criticism ignored (4.00 / 3)

Would you please point out how the MoCo School Board is ignoring criticism? Considering that the Citizens Advisory Committee has been meeting on sex-ed for over five years, (I've been a witness to many of those meetings), it is fair to say that the school board has bent over backwards to give everyone his and her say, and all the time in the world they cared to have to lobby and persuade. They utterly failed to do so. The people of Montgomery County want nothing to do with religious extremism.

And it is particularly important that this point is made clearly now with the passing yesterday of Marilyn Praisner, long-time school board member and County Councilmember. She is an icon who will be very sorely missed. She was a very conservative Democrat, but one with an open mind, analytically-honed and penetrating, yet welcoming to all. A model politician, a role model for all.  

Sorry Dana (0.00 / 0)
I did the responsible thing and added the strikethrough.  I certainly mean no disrespect to Marilyn Praisner, and I regret if my post made it seem otherwise.  Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your involvement here, as well as your work in Annapolis.

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