By Laurie Higgins -
East Prairie School in Skokie, Illinois finds itself in the eye of a storm or at least a tempest in a tea pot. I would love to see more public schools caught in such tempests of their own making. Public school administrators tend to respond to only three things:
- Loss of funds
- A huge community outcry
- Bad press—particularly national press
That’s why pro-family organizations need to publish more exposés of school issues, using the names of teachers who are exploiting their taxpayer-subsidized jobs to promote their non-factual moral and political beliefs through their classroom comments, curricular and supplemental resources, and activities. But I digress.
A fourth-grade teacher in Skokie distributed an assignment recently that was purportedly intended merely to explain the functions of government. Sounds reasonable enough. The problem is that the assignment compares the functions of government to the functions of family. Perhaps the teacher didn’t think through the ideological implications of the questions posed in the assignment, in which case he or she deserves a measure of tolerance. And perhaps in the future other teachers will learn from this teacher’s mistake.
Here are the questions that ten year-olds were asked:
- How does your family keep you safe?
- How does the government keep its citizens safe?
- How does your family keep you healthy?
- How does the government keep its citizens healthy?
- How does your family help you learn and become educated?
- How does the government help its citizens learn and become educated?
- What kind of rules does your family have for you?
- What kind of rules does government have for its citizens?
- How does your family punish you when you break the rules?
- How does government punish citizens who break the law?
This assignment reminds many that our government is becoming an unbecoming family composed of Uncle Sam, Big Brother, Nanny, and Mommy and Daddy, all rolled into one colossal icky ball of goo from which it’s difficult to extricate oneself.