It would be my best guess that the following comments regarding my previous post came from someone on the district's staff.
"I mean you seriously researched where the post came from?"
This is the information age. I would bet that most bloggers take advantage of the host of free blog-related services. Using the free service provided by Sitemeter.com, which is one of many that provide similar services, bloggers get a report of the number of visitors, along with their ISP addresses (AOL, Verizon, TRECA, etc.), page views, etc. This is important data for any serious blogger who wants to know what's being read; what is of interest to visitors and what is not. No serious research required, just a couple of mouse clicks and it's all readily available.
"I am also amazed how you cannot even have the audacity to research the use of young adult literature and its use within a classroom. Students everyday are dealing with a tougher issues than perhaps you dealt with in your day. And, rape is one of those issues. Statistics show that 1 out of 4 women will be raped between the ages of 15-19. Is this not a relevant topic? Do teens who face this violence not have a voice?
So if rape isn't a relevant topic or a relevant "narrator, than would you also state that "Beloved" is not a classic book that speaks towards this issue? Perhaps you should talk to Toni Morrison about its purpose in literature history. Have you read "Beloved"? Rape is an act of violence and unfortunately, it is often without a voice for the victim. Shouldn't all students have an opportunity to hear that voice?"
Olentangy's curriculum - the course of study - is contained in the board-approved maps. The maps define the outcomes and list the associated performance benchmarks. When I say board-approved, I really mean community-approved since the board acts on behalf of the community. The topics listed above are not part of the community-approved curriculum. They are what is commonly referred to as the hidden curriculum; the personal curriculum of those who believe that they know better than parents. Neither the board nor the community approved the learning objectives that Anonymous advocates.
"If teens to not have an opportunity to face these conflicts, “the adolescent will sink into confusion, unable to make decisions and choices, especially about vocation, sexual orientation, and his role in general.” That is why in (Eric) Erikson’s stage “Identity vs. Role” confusion stage of young adults, ages 12-18, is where teenager must achieve a sense of identity in occupation, sex roles, politics, and religion and the most important even is peer relationships."
OK, now you're scaring me.
The topics listed here are extremely sensitive. Who best to help a child make sense of the world; the English teacher or the child's parents? I say it's the parents, but some staff members believe that they are the ones who should be guiding children to adulthood, whether parents approve or not. This from staff members who say the reason they do not like parental notification is that "parents who would say no to these topics are the ones whose children need to be taught the very same topics." Sounds more like indoctrination than education.
Let me leave you with this excerpt:
"Is it better to keep our kids on a bubble to protect them from the "evil world" or to enlighten them and equip them with their own thoughts/ideas and help them to deal with them now versus sending them off to college to deal with such as SERIOUS issues later when their parents are not as aware???"
A very strange form of enlightenment; create false teen issues - crises - so that you can imprint your worldview on unsuspecting minds. As I have written previously, there are those who truly believe that without a unionized workforce inculcating children, nothing of value will ever be learned. Doesn't say much about the role of parents in raising children, but the enlightened few always believe they know better.
The three R's have been replaced with a form of enlightenment that should cause us all a lot of concern. Oh, and we pay teachers to indoctrinate district children into this world of Progressive, pop psycho-garbage.