I am not ready to give up on public schools because I have seen far more that is good than I have that which is bad. ​
   
  • Only one out of a thousand adults know the five freedoms codified in the First Amendment, but nearly all of the students in one eighth grade class knew them because their teacher taught them.
  • One teacher had a poster on her wall that stated: “We kneel for the fallen, but we stand for the flag.”
   
I reference on my homepage Messrs. Gunn, Skousen, Blumenfeld, and Newman, and Mrs. Iserbyt, all of whom espouse antagonism towards public education.  I can personally validate many of their concerns based on my ten years of substitute teaching experience, experience obtained in a wide variety of educational venues.
    
  • Most schools have the students recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school day.  After they have recited the Pledge, I frequently ask them what the words “pledge,” allegiance,” and “republic” mean, but almost none of the students knew.
  • I have been verbally chastised by an assistant principal of a high school for passing out pocket copies of the US Constitution to students who requested them.
  • I was sent a derogatory letter by a school district and told never to return to that specific school because I had the students read George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 ( https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091 ) while teaching Language Arts/History during Thanksgiving week at a high school.
  • I was reprimanded by a school district and told never to return to a specific middle school because I answered a student’s question about marriage by stating that God created marriage in the beginning as being between one man and one woman.
  • While campaigning for school board, I talked with a teacher who had a tee-shirt with the message: “C is for Che,” meaning Che Guevara.  Che Guevara was a mass-murdering Communist and racist  ( https://www.foxnews.com/politics/5-inconvenient-truths-about-che-guevara ).
  • I have seen a flag with Che Guevara’s portrait hung on the wall of a high school classroom in the Tri-Cities.
  • I have seen posters in support of Howard Zinn in both Richland and Kennewick.  Howard Zinn, now deceased, wrote one of the most popular history books: A People’s History of the United States. It is history like a “peoples’ republic” is a republic. As George Orwell said in his book 1984: “He who controls the present controls the past; he who controls the past controls the future.”  According to Wikipedia, Howard Zinn said that socialism in its full historical context was a popular, positive idea that got a bad name from its association with Soviet Communism.  Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist."  You can view an article about Howard Zinn at the following web address: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Zinn .  Stanford University professor Sam Wineburg has publicly criticized Zinn's research. Reviewing a critique by Wineburg, reviewer David Plotnikoff credits Wineburg for showing that "[A People's History] perpetrates the same errors of historical practice as the tomes it aimed to correct," for "Zinn's desire to cast a light on what he saw as historic injustice was a crusade built on secondary sources of questionable provenance, omission of exculpatory evidence, leading questions and shaky connections between evidence and conclusions," for which he provides many examples.
  • I administered an entry exam for ninth grade students at a high school.  The exam assessed whether the students knew their multiplication tables through the number 10.  Nearly half of the students flunked.
  • One student at a high school told me that he supported Bernie Sanders and asked me why I did not support Senator Sanders.  The student said: “Don’t you like free stuff?”  I replied: “Yes.  Why don’t you mow my lawn for free?”  The student had no concept of the responsibility of government to protect private property or the student’s responsibility to work for a living.
  • While administering a standardized test, I had to write in cursive on the board the following statement: “I have neither given nor received assistance on this test.”  The students were required to write this statement on their tests, and since they did not know how to write cursive, they copied my writing by drawing it on their test papers.
  • One high school has a Democratic Socialist club.  The difference between a Democratic Socialist and a Fascist is the fact that the Fascist wears a uniform.  Both political philosophies suppress private property and individual liberty guaranteed by the US Constitution.  Our schools should be fostering support of the US Constitution, not sponsoring clubs that seek to undermine our constitutional liberties.
  • Nearly every school has a “Gay-Straight Alliance” club.  The word “gay” is simply a euphemism for homosexual behavior, a behavior that is extremely unhealthy.  These clubs not only affirm the unhealthy behavior of homosexuality, but also glamorize sexual experimentation.
  • A “Gay-Straight Alliance” club in one high school showed the movie “Rent,” which glamorizes drug use and sexual experimentation.  You can read a review of the movie at the following web address: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_(film) .