Brokeback Public Education Dr. Michael L. Ford 16 March 2006 I have written so much critical of public education that the educators, retired and active, that I know must think I am the system’s sworn enemy. On the contrary I am concerned a system that is generally broke across America be repaired. Even where we have godly educators in the classroom, the restrictions that come down from Mount Olympus Washington makes for an almost impossible teaching situation to overcome. When we are looking at a new bundle of tax money about to be thrown at the problem, parents and taxpayers have a right to be concerned about emerging budget items, in which focus is more and more on "communications ability,” via increases in entertainment staging materials, in-school broadcast equipment, theater, etc. Before we teach children how to make sexually oriented movies in English classes shouldn’t we teach them to speak and write proper English? High School student, Brandon Flyte at West Linn High School, West Linn, Oregon, a young man with poor attendance and poorer grades produced a film for an English class assignment that included two boys in bed together. He showed this film in his Marine Biology class, which raises the question about what such a perverted film would have to do with marine biology? Many, many things have steadily been infused into schools to focus student attention and participation around things I really question the need for. A film loosely based on Hollywood morals and the pervert film “Brokeback Mountain” is one of them. It would not have been possible without the NEA backed emphasis on promoting “diversity,” situation ethics, and so forth. All in place of really educating young people, which is what the average person thinks they are paying taxes for. Brandon Flyte, who may be the next generation’s Larry Flynt, did get expelled, unexpelled, transferred to a junior college and untransferred in the wake of this scandal. Officials say Flyte will now graduate this spring if his grades and attendance record are acceptable. What do you want to bet that even if they are not, they will be? Pray for our schools and our children in them. At this writing the only thing that remains expelled from education is God.
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