Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Can you trust the third-party any more than the first-party?

From the Olentangy School District news dispatch Board Approves Policy on Literature Selections:
Most of the information populating the document is from third-party external sources and reviews such as the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly or the National Secondary Library Association. Other information, such as the relationship to the district’s curriculum maps, will be linked to district resources.
The School Library Journal is whacked out. Really whacked out.

I would expect to find the miscreants from that journal lurking in alleys dressed in trench coats. Yet, there they are, right out on the frontline of public policy, looking downright respectable under their seemingly professional masthead.

There was a time - not that long ago - when peddling perverse material to children was an offense; if not a legal offense, certainly a moral one. Yet, now it appears that the world has flipped and the defenders of morals are the evil ones.

The miscreants run free as they slowly chip away at the foundations of society - family, church, etc., and their misdeeds are supported by the public school system. Why? Your guess is as good as mine (though I do have a couple of pretty good guesses.)

The Olentangy School District uses the School Library Journal in place of common sense. Why? Laziness, maybe. Some other reason? Possibly. Regardless, the district allows the nuts at the Journal to set age appropriateness for school reading lists. Wow.

A while ago, someone sent me a compilation of bizarre books along with excerpts and associated School Library Journal reviews and grade levels. Amazing stuff; most of which would bring down this blog if I posted them here.

Here is a sample posted on Amazon.com. Please note that this is one of the least offensive reviews I could find. And remember, the district uses the crazies at the Journal as their authoritative source for reasonableness. Hey, Olentangy! Is there even one adult under your roof?

from Its Perfectly Normal at Amazon - because you want your fourth grader reading this stuff, well they do anyway:
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-A wonderful guide for young adolescents setting sail on the stormy seas of puberty. Packed with the vital information they need to quell fears and make wise decisions, this "sex manual" uses of clever cartoons to enliven and expand the text. Frank yet playful, they portray a reassuring array of body types and ethnic groups and illuminate the richly informative, yet compact text, allowing readers to come away with a healthy respect for their bodies and a better understanding of the role that sexuality plays in the human experience. Birth control, abortion, and homosexuality are given an honest, evenhanded treatment, noting differing views and recommending further discussion with a trusted adult. The dangers of STDs, teen parenthood, and sexual abuse are examined. The inventive use of a bird and a bee that react to the topics throughout artfully contrasts the differing views of early and late bloomers. Like any book that depicts naked bodies and sexual activity, this one is sure to inspire a few giggles in the stacks and be likely to disappear. But what it offers in scope, currency, and a cheerfully engaging format is quite special. An ideal introduction to "coming of age."-Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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Anonymous said...

You have nothing to do with olentangy anymore, thank God. Find a new hobby.

Jim Fedako said...

"You have nothing to do with olentangy anymore ..."

Of course I do. Remember that my taxes make your nonsense possible. Return to basic education and fund the nonsense on your own dime.

Anonymous said...

Look, there are a lot of parents out there who WANT the schools to HELP them raise their children. Not all parents are like you and I. They don't take to parenting as they should. Apart from sterilizing a large chuck of our population I don’t see any way to keep these parents from requesting these services from the schools. Believe me, it would be a great day if we didn’t have to pay high taxes for schools that parent. But co-parenting is what a lot of people request when they send their kids off to school. I don’t want it, you don’t want it. But let’s face it; there are folks out there that can’t parent. I see their kids at Wal-Mart, the park, and even church. It drives me nuts how these kids will respond better to a stranger than their own parents.

Hey, I wish neighborhood streets were gravel. Can’t stand they have to pave them and I sure don’t like the fact I have to pay for everyone to have a paved street. I'd bet I have a better chance of getting my road returned to gravel before you
get schools to stop filling in for lack luster parents.

Good luck to both of us.

Anonymous said...

My favorite review from the SLJ, and it's also on their "Best Adult Books for High School Students" list.

Cook, K. L. The Girl from Charnelle: A Novel. Morrow. Tr $24.95. ISBN 0-06-082965-6.

The affair between a 16-year-old girl and her father’s poker buddy in a small Texas town, in 1960, is filled with suspense, tragedy, and heartache. An unforgettable coming-of-age story.

I would love to query that site for all instances of "coming-of-age story". The Lovely Bones is also referred to a "coming-of-age story" by the SLJ. Right.

Anonymous said...

We DON'T "pay high taxes for our schools to parent." We pay high taxes for our children to be EDUCATED. Unfortunately, several teachers don't understand what that word means. Several others may know what it means but would rather do anything OTHER than educate. If they are able to forgo valuable teaching time during the school day to "parent" our kids they will do it: time spent doing anything other than educating is time spent "facilitating minimum learning for every child." For some reason there was a misprint in the public version of the mission statement: that one reads "maximum" learning - just another faux pas our tax dollars paid for.

Anonymous said...

The analogy of "unpaved streets" to "un-parented children" is not a sound one. But then again, who said teachers are educated? Whether parents can or cannot parent has nothing to do with a teacher's role in the classroom. Teachers are not paid to "pick up the 'slack.'" I didn't read that stipulation in the contract the district signed with the teachers' union- and I read it very carefully. What I did read was that teachers are required to TEACH a specific # of hours and not one minute more or they have to be given comp time off by the district. We are not funding teachers to conduct parenting experiments with our children. Please re-read your contracts teachers and stop wasting those precious minutes doing anything but teaching according to state standards. Parenting 101 is NOT a state standard.

Jim Fedako said...

This comment is directed toward Anonymous from Marysville - whose comments I have not posted, not toward any other Anonymous who has posted to this page:

It is interesting, I have posted to this blog for a year and most topics do not create much of a stir. The exceptions, when I strongly question the nonsense that some adults "teach" children in the public schools.

In these instances, I get two types of responses: those who share my disgust; and those, such as yourself, who think that it is correct for an adult to use class time to put nonsense into the head of someone else's child. Shame on you.

It is really creepy that adults write these bizarre books for children, but it's even more creepy to know that other adults want the children of public schools to read the nonsense. Creepy!

And, it's creepy to know that you care so much about wanting this to continue that you monitor and send comments to my blog. Simply Creepy.