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An Error in My “Sex and Lies in TN Textbooks” Article?

I did not intentionally mislead my readers, or intentionally misquote Candy Emerson in my recent post titled, “Sex and Lies in TN Textbooks,” as Williamson County Superintendent Mike Looney suggested when he told The Tennessean that “Some people are spreading false information claiming that Williamson County Schools use the book “It’s Perfectly Normal.” These individuals appear to be maliciously maligning WCW for personal or political gain.…”

I did not write the textbook story for personal or political gain. (Maybe some people go into public service for that reason. I do not know Mike Looney’s salary, but I heard it is over $ 200,000 and he just got a raise, when Williamson County is over 500 million in debt.)

I had wrong link. This is the correct link. Bottom of page, on right, 3rd reference book.

My attitude about public service, to quote John Adams is, “I never engaged in public affairs for my own interest, pleasure, envy, jealousy, avarice, or ambition, or even the desire of fame. If any of these had been my motive, my conduct would have been very different. In every considerable transaction of my public life, I have invariably acted according to my best judgment, and I can look up to God for the sincerity of my intentions.” (The 5000 Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen)

I’m running for office for my first time because I care about the world I’m going to leave to my children. The office I’m running for, commissioner of district 2, is one seat of 24, with no salary attached that I was aware of when I pulled papers. Someone told me it was $ 5000 a year after taxes. I don’t know if that’s true. I gain nothing financially or career wise, (politics is not my career), by examining what our children are being taught, except I sleep better at night, knowing I’ve “fought the good fight.” I think the public schools should teach the Bible along with Math, Science, English, and History, and not any kind of sex ed. I’ve been writing on conservative websites including Breitbart.com, WND.com, and PatriotUpdate.com for five years with no political aspirations.

I had the wrong link in my article. Here is the correct link. Bottom of page on right, 3rd reference book.

My understanding of the sexually inappropriate book, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” when it was shown to me at this gathering of concerned moms, and what I tried to convey in my post, was that; 1) It had been approved for use by teachers, because it is on their website, https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/SP681-C.pdf , 2) that it was not “required” reading or a texbook, but that it could be currently in school libraries, and most likely will be in the near future, because it is listed on the University of TN Extension Website as an approved resource for teachers who work with our children at 4-H and other agricultural endeavors, 3) The current implementation of Common Core is in the math/reading phase. Soon, Common Core will implement other subjects including sex education. So, it is highly likely that this sexually explicit book, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” or one just like it, will be at your child’s school in the near future. I’m sure the public school system will not be using the Bible’s view of sex ed and it’s message to “Flee Fornication” and save sex for after marriage, and to someone of the opposite sex.

Karen Bracken, expert on textbook matters, read the above paragraph and corrected my misunderstandings. She told me in an email today, “NOT SURE WHY YOU WOULD SAY IT WAS APPROVED BY THE TN STATE GOVERNMENT…I DO NOT BELIEVE UT EXTENSION IS PART OF THE TN STATE GOVERNEMNT…DID SOMEONE TELL YOU IT WAS PART OF THE TN STATE GOVERNMENT? THE OTHER STANDARDS COMING DOWN THE ROAD ARE NOT COMMON CORE. COMMON CORE IS MATH/ELA/LITERACY IN HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE AND OTHER TECHNICAL SUBJECTS. THE OTHER STANDARDS THAT MIGHT FOLLOW IN SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, ETC. ARE NOT COMMON CORE. COMMON CORE ARE STANDARDS NOT CURRICULUM…..STANDARDS DRIVE ASSESSMENT AND ASSESSMENT DRIVES CURRICULUM AND BUT COMMON CORE MATH/ELA ARE STANDARDS NOT CURRICULUM.”

A few years ago, the State of TN accepted federal money in exchange for promising to implement Common Core, a standard that wasn’t voted on, had never been tried, and hadn’t been seen yet. We are starting to get glimpses of what it actually is. (Remember Nancy Pelosi saying about Obamacare that ‘We must pass the bill, so we can know what’s in it’ ? Same logic for Common Core. Insane. (Or, purposefully deceptive.)

So, I’m not the only one confused about this issue. No one seems to be able to explain it to me clearly.

Since I’m a beginner political activist and Karen Bracken is an expert on this topic, I will now quote from two emails she sent to me yesterday.

Victoria,
Sorry it took me so long to get this to you but I have been bombarded with calls and emails. As soon as I hung up with you I got several calls.
Below is a PDF for parents from UT Extension. They do list It’s Perfectly Normal as a source in this document.
I have a copy of this book but I cannot verify its use in Tennessee schools. I have been given second hand stories of parents from TN that stated this book is in the schools. I do not know if they are using the book as a class room teaching resource or if the book is available in school libraries.

When I do my presentations on Common Core I bring this book with me because the National Sexuality Standards are strongly influenced by Planned Parenthood and It’s Perfectly Normal is written by Robie H. Harris who is associated with PP and PP endorses this book. So it is my ASSUMPTION it will be a recommended book for children 10 years and up when the National Sexuality Standards are implemented. But I have never seen a recommended reading list attached to the new Sexuality Standards yet.

Here is a blurb about Robie H. Harris: Ms. Harris is a member of PPFA’s National Board of Advocates, and Planned Parenthood people helped her write the book. After it was written, PP endorsed the book and even held book signing parties for Ms. Harris.

PPFA=Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Here is a document that came out from University of Tennessee Extension. They do work with our kids and 4-H and other agricultural endeavors. Some are disturbed over the fact that UT Extension would use this book as a resource.
https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/SP681-C.pdf

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” – Socrates
Karen Bracken
www.tnacc.net
www.americadontforget.com
“If education has become – as Common Core openly declares – preparation for work in a global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated. And the concerns about cost, and quality, and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds, and souls of American children.” Dr. Daniel Copeland – Hillsdale College Jun 2013.

Her latest email said,

“I have no doubt these books are in our schools we just don’t have any real hard proof.”

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I hope this clears up any misunderstanding. I hope the “sexually explicit” book didn’t distract from the rest of my article that proved Pearson Textbooks (“It’s Perfectly Normal” is not from Pearson) are full of errors, lies and propaganda. I am glad that this topic is now on everyone’s mind and lips. We need to protect our children from a government that is intent on indoctrination. It has happened in other countries and if we do not learn from the past, history will be repeated. (Go to ParentalRights.org)

I ran into School Board Superintendent Mike Looney at a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Franklin. I asked him why he supported Common Core. He said, “I don’t!” I said, “Then, why don’t you stop it from being implemented?” He said, “I can’t!” I said, “Well, it’s being stopped in Bradley County!” He said, “No, it’s not!” I said, “Yes, it is. I did a story on it.” He said, “They can’t stop it. It’s a state (mandate).”

Karen Bracken responds to the above paragraph about Looney, “BRADLEY COUNTY BOARD OF ED AND THE COUNTY COMMISSION DID NOT STOP COMMON CORE. THEY VOTED ON A RESOLUTION THAT COMMUNICATED CONCERNS WITH COMMON CORE, PARCC AND DATA COLLECTION. DR. LOONEY IS CORRECT, THE LEA CANNOT STOP COMMON CORE. THEY MERELY EXPRESSED THEIR CONCERN AND MADE IT OBVIOUS THEY DO NOT APPROVE OF COMMON CORE. IT IS A STRONG STATEMENT FOR A COUNTY TO MAKE AND IF GIVEN THE CHOICE I AM SURE BRADLEY COUNTY WOULD PULL OUT OF COMMON CORE BUT WE DO NOT HAVE LOCAL CONTROL IN TENNESSEE SO THEY MUST ABIDE BY THE STATE STANDARDS.”

Well, according to The Constitution, all of this is up to “we the people.” We can stop tyranny. The Constitution says, “We the people” are the government.

In a related story, the current Williamson County Schoolboard voted against parental rights and transparency! “The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, said he was baffled by a 9-3 Williamson County school board vote Monday to oppose his bill”…”a few board members couldn’t get behind (the) resolution proposed by Rep. Glen Casada, R-Thompson’s Station, that would require school boards to appoint a textbook review committee made up of people who reside in the school district”…”It’s pro-parent, pro-transparency, period,” he said.” Story here.

Why would the Williamson County School Board vote against that?

 
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  • MrRichPeoples

    Homosexuality is normal.

    • http://TedSlater.com/ Ted Slater

      There are five times more people with dyslexia than same-sex attraction. Would you say dyslexia is “normal”?

      • MrRichPeoples

        Which laws prevent dyslexic people from getting married?

        • Memphis Viking

          What does that have to do with them being normal?

        • concernedamericanTN66

          The question was about normality, not marriage.

          • kqs

            that said, let gay people marry.

          • concernedamericanTN66

            I don’t care if they marry. I just don’t want public schools teaching sexuality of any kind to my children.

          • kqs

            fine be that way.

          • 1HughAkston

            No, you don’t want them teaching that to anyone’s kids. If it was an issue w/your children, then you could simply opt out.

        • Lara Tucker

          There are laws that prevent Dyslexia from being recognized as a learning disability in Public Education. Dyslexia occurs in 1 in 5 people, so why can’t they receive instruction and curriculum based on their disability? I think it’s a MUCH bigger issue than sex education and who can and can’t get married…

      • News Across

        Define “normal.” I bet you can’t.

        My god but you tea billies are dumb. Try reading up on this topic in the DSM5. Try reading what the experts on “normal” have to say about it.

        • edc

          From what I’ve read in your post, even God has to ask you how the universe works, because you must be more intelligent than He is. When was His last Q & A session with you? I hope you straightened Him out on this “homosexuality thing”.

          • Rudy R.

            If there was a god he would hate you.edc.

          • edc

            There is a God and , not only does He love me, He also loves you. He hates no one, but He is a just and truthful God. He doesn’t send anyone to Hell, you do that yourself by rejecting what He has done for you on the cross.

          • Rudy R.

            I love you, so I’ll offer you a choice. Burn in hell or follow me.

            Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything important. Where once it used to be able, by its total command of a worldview, to prevent the emergence of rivals, it can now only impede and retard—or try to turn back—the measurable advances that we have made.

            Sometimes, true, it will artfully concede them. But this is to offer itself the choice between irrelevance and obstruction, impotence or outright reaction, and, given this choice, it is programmed to select the worse of the two.

            Meanwhile, confronted with undreamed-of vistas inside our own evolving cortex, in the farthest reaches of the known universe, and in proteins and acids which constitute our nature, religion offers either annihilation in the name of god, or else the false promise that if we take a knife to our foreskins, or pray in the right direction, or ingest pieces of wafer, we shall be “saved.”
            -C.H.

          • edc

            Oh, that God were as intelligent as you. We all have to meet Him someday, and I would rather meet Him as a friend than as His advisory. He still loves you and doing of good deeds( foreskins, direction, wafers) mean absolutely nothing. Only accepting, by faith, the shed blood of Jesus( death, burial and resurrection) can and will save you. “There is no other name given among men whereby we MUST be saved.”

      • Tara Anderson

        Yes, dyslexia is absolutely normal. Normal is not about prevalence. In fact, normal is quite difficult to define.

    • concernedamericanTN66

      No, it’s not. Just saying it doesn’t make it true. The facts are that the majority of human beings and animals are heterosexual. Only in recent years in the USA has the belief that it’s normal to be homosexual been forced on people because technology has made communication with the masses possible. The bullying associated with this view have also made the climate such that anyone who dares to oppose it are singled out for chastisement, so that now, most people just shut up or go along with it verbally to avoid being singled out and persecuted. What they truly believe remains hidden from view. What most people believe is that homosexuality is abnormal. Frankly, most people just wish people would keep their sex lives private and go about their business. Tolerance, yes…but forcing this on our children as normal crosses the line.

      • Rudy R.

        You are bitching about being singled out for chastisement?
        People like yourself single out homosexuals for chastisement all the time!

        How ironic…
        I bet I can guess your views on pretty much anything.

        • concernedamericanTN66

          I don’t single out homosexuals for chastisement EVER. I find it very hypocritical that those who have been the victims of discrimination and chastisement now use that as their main tactic to force others to change who they are and accept them. It’s the height of hypocrisy. How about just live your life, and I live mine, and what goes on in our bedrooms really doesn’t need to be broadcast to the world? There’s this almost manic push from the homosexual community to force acceptance, rather than tolerance. No one has to say your lifestyle is okay, just that you have a right to it, shouldn’t be bullied over it, and shouldn’t be discriminated for it. You don’t have to like my lifestyle either…just tolerate it and not discriminate or bully me. One last thing…who the hell are you to presume to “guess my views” on everything? You know nothing about me as a person…nothing. Take a look in the mirror stranger who has no idea who I am. You’re passing a blanket judgment on me…and I would guess you’ve got a big loud mouth about how wrong that is to do to people. Hypocrite much?!!

    • MikeyParks

      Homosexuality is not the norm, so it’s NOT normal. It’s natural in the sense that everything that exists is natural. Homosexuality is a genetic anomaly based on a mutation. You could say that homosexuals are mutants.

      • Rudy R.

        retard

        • MikeyParks

          A well thought out refutation of my position.

          • Rudy R.

            It was pretty childish huh…

  • Micah Chaney

    There is no “indoctrination” Victoria Jackson. The school isn’t the only voice our children hear…unless of course the parent is silent. AND ON THE OTHER HAND…the parent SHOULDN’T BE THE ONLY VOICE OUR CHILD HEARS…

    The world cannot grow, if we don’t expand our knowledge and our perspective, and we do that by engaging each other, understanding each other, and learning from each other. Learning, especially, to get along with those whose perspective is different from our own. Otherwise, we’d still be living in a fuedal society, where you and I would both be serfs.

    America, is the Land of Opportunity, but with opportunity comes responsibility and tolerance becomes necessary. Get off your high horse, and expand your perspective.

    • Memphis Viking

      Tolerating something and indoctrinating kids into believing it’s ok are two different things.

      • concernedamericanTN66

        Exactly!

        • Rudy R.

          Nobody likes you TN66..

          • concernedamericanTN66

            Aw, does Rudy troll pages like this because he needs everyone to like him? Sorry to disappoint you Rudy, but if people like you don’t like me, it’s all in a day’s work. Liberal trolls are always amusing to me.

    • Micah Chaney

      Guess what “Concerned” their parents and pastors probably ARE LYING TO THEM! Of all those quotes you just presented, which one is false? They’re all true. I’m sure you would take issue with the masturbation issue, but how about this…

      “That’s right son, masturbating can’t hurt you…but just because it doesn’t hurt you doesn’t mean it’s still not wrong or not a sin. You see in the bible, god says that man shall not spill his seed (or however the quote goes)…which means we shouldn’t masturbate.”

      “Just because something doesn’t hurt someone doesn’t mean it can’t still be a sin. A sin is when you disobey god, not when you hurt someone. Of course if you hurt someone, you’re disobeying god, which is why hurting someone is also a sin.”

      I don’t hate many things, but censorship is one thing I hate. Something comes along that you don’t like for your kids, that’s AWESOME…because now you have a chance to talk with your kids. That’s something parents don’t do enough of. They don’t talk to their kids.

  • Jane_Madison

    Victoria – thanks for your retraction. I know that this book is not being used in TN. Also, my peeps and I (www.textbookadvocates.com) had nothing to do with this book. It is not on our website and is not a book with which we have dealt in any way. I hope that people will know that this rumor must have been started by the people who are on the opposite side! Thanks! ~Claudia Henneberry

    • 1HughAkston

      That’s what the Kerry supporter said when the fake Nat’l Guard letter was proven a forgery.

      Congratulations on being the opposite side of the side of the same coin- False but Accurate!!

  • Jay Smith

    Both stupidity and homosexuality are natural. At the moment in the US we have far too much of one, like someone who has a problem explaining to children that some kids have two moms or two dads, or an issue with a book that does.

    • concernedamericanTN66

      You miss the point. Some of us want to teach our children what WE deem is normal and appropriate, not have some person in a public school force their views on our children. It’s still a free country, and you don’t have the right to force your views on sexuality on our children.

      • Jay D Belford

        If this REALLY is a free country, then why is conceredamericanTN69 complaining? She can teach her kids how to masturbate the way SHE learned how … then she can let her kids decide – since it’s a “free” country – how THEY want to masturbate. Easy-peasy !!

        • concernedamericanTN66

          Isn’t that what I said? Sexuality is taught at home, not at school? You can’t even do disgusting responses well.

      • Rudy R.

        If you don’t agree with it home school your children and you can dumb them down with your views.

        • concernedamericanTN66

          I don’t have to home school my children just because some liberal like you thinks I have to comply or leave. I have news for you Rudy, my children have a right to a public school education that is free from propaganda and forcing moral views on them. They are at school to learn academics, not social issues. The only dummies are the people like you who are stunningly misinformed about the liberties and rights of EVERYONE in this country, not just the people who agree with you.

  • Jane_Madison

    Actually, Jay Smith, NO child has 2 moms or 2 dads!!! They have 1 mom and 1 dad.

    • Concerned

      Some have to rationalize their ‘normal’.

    • bakerds

      Jane, plenty of children have 2 moms or 2 dads, or even more if they have lost a parent due to death or divorce. I’m sure you meant to make a point about birth parents, but even so, your statement is short-sighted and callous. peace…

      • Micah Chaney

        I’d add bigoted too.

  • tgi4givn

    Victoria, please research Senate Bill 3310. As long as it is in effect in Tennessee, Planned Parenthood will not be able to spread their sexually explicit propaganda in TN schools, Common Core or not….

  • Merit Weidman Kirkpatrick

    In our state, the extension offices are “educational extensions” of the state university system. Those programs are paid for with state and local tax dollars, as well as private donations from groups such as the United Way and employees are considered employees of our state. Therefore, if our extension office approved reading material, one could logically say that those materials are government approved. I would guess that TN ‘s extension program is that same, so you were not wrong to state that the books is “government approved” material intended for the education of children.

    • bakerds

      Most extension services are funded in part by the USDA through the land-grant university, making them a part of the federal and state governments.

  • Kat Benoit

    Who decides what’s normal? The parent that raise the child, not employees of the parents. Parents pay taxes that employ the Gov’t officials and now they want to tell us what to teach our children? Its insane. How is s ones sexuality better than another? The patent thats who! Its not up to anyone to teach my child homosexuality is normal. You choose what you do with your body you body does not choose it for you. Its a cognitive descision. How can you teach your child to have responsibility for their actions when you have ppl teaching then that their crotch rules what they do? My child has a brain and we are teaching her how to use it. Most ppl could care less what u do in yr bedroom, STOP forcing us to like it…Tolerance swings both ways. If you do not like my opinion, so what…Tolerate it……..

    • concernedamericanTN66

      Well said Kat!

      • News Across

        Pfffft….another tea billy nut-case, Thank goodness for elections! You tea billies are toast in November…and good riddance to ya!!

        • concernedamericanTN66

          You know, the name calling thing makes you appear to be intellectually incapable of debate. It makes you look like a bigot, pigeon-holing people with opposing views into some category…and yet I bet you’re a big mouth opponent of discrimination and pigeon-holing folks you agree with. Let me break some news to you…you don’t get to control those of us with opposing views. We get to vote, too. We have a say in how things go in this country, just like you do. Public schools serve the public and have to answer to all parents, not just the people who think like you do. We aren’t taking this oppressive crap from those of you who like to name call and whine anymore. Just a heads-up. We aren’t going anywhere.

    • News Across

      You are full of tea billy nonsense. Do you have any friends? I bet you don’t.

    • Tara Anderson

      Sometimes it is not possible for tolerance to swing both ways. Some parents want schools to stop teaching that homosexuality is normal, but what about children of same-sex couples? Leaving out discussion of homosexuality silences their experiences and makes them feel like their families are not valid. I could get on board with a neutral presentation of this information (eg, “all families are different.”), but some people would see the very mention of same-sex parents as normalizing. I am actually very interested to hear your thoughts on how we can all work to be more tolerant of people in schools, because it does seem very difficult to do.

  • concernedamericanTN66

    Schools should not be in the business of teaching sexuality, in my opinion. It should be taught at home. What is “normal” is determined by what the majority do, and what occurs in nature. In the history of mankind and in the animal world, normal has been a male and a female. Procreation and survival of the species can’t happen otherwise. It is only recently that same sex relationships are being touted as normal by a minority because technology makes it possible to spread a minority message to the masses and persuade them it’s “normal.” That doesn’t really make it normal. This aggressive push to force this belief on everyone doesn’t make it normal. I, for one, do not want my children being taught anything about sexuality in public school. I am stunned to learn there are National Sexuality Standards…and that books like this could be used with young children, by people with questionable qualifications to present this type of information to them. There better be a permission slip that goes home if this ever does come to pass, because forcing this kind of information on a captive audience of children violates teaching ethics and practices. My children will be taught the truth and tolerance, but not acceptance of something that our family does not deem as normal.

    • Joshua B.

      Agreed; well said! :)

      • News Across

        Pfffft…”well said”…lol…he/she said nothing at all. Its his/her empty, meaningless opinion.

        • Joshua B.

          If opinions are inherently meaningless, that includes yours as well. Quit trolling.

          • concernedamericanTN66

            LOL Joshua. ;-)

    • Rudy R.

      Their is homosexuality in the animal kingdom too.

      • concernedamericanTN66

        I’ve heard that argument before. However, homosexuality in the animal kingdom is a small percentage, just like it is with human animals. It still is not the norm. It’s a small minority. Frankly, I don’t care what anyone does in their bedroom, but I do care when you try to force an abnormal lifestyle on my children without my consent. Period. Sexuality is not the business of a public school to convey…it’s the business of families.

    • News Across

      Your opinion is empty and worthless. Please spare the rest of our nation your tea billy nonsense.

      Thank goodness for the ballot box! You tea billies are toast in Nov.

      • concernedamericanTN66

        Let us know when you have something relevant to say. The Tea Billy thing is starting to make you look like you can’t think of anything else to say. Need some help researching and gathering meaningful information for debate?

  • 1HughAkston

    Seems there’s a lot that Vickie doesn’t know….and a little she doesn’t pontificate about. Just what Williamson County needs, a transplant that’s asked none of the questions and has all of the answers.

    • concernedamericanTN66

      I would guess what you wrote describes most of the people who live here, too. I don’t expect someone to know everything or have all the answers. I expect someone who is engaged, willing to research and learn, willing to listen, and willing to do what it takes to improve things in our state and in our country. A lot of people have two cents to put in, but they don’t put themselves on the line to enact change.

      • 1HughAkston

        Most also don’t spread false gossip either. I also expect someone who wants to be a community leader to be engaged and takes the time to research and learn. Vickie just admitted she didn’t.

        • concernedamericanTN66

          Oh really? What world are you living in? Benghazi ring a bell? Our government, nationally and locally leaves a lot to be desired. At least Victoria took ownership for her mistake and broadcast her apology for all to see. I don’t see that coming from anyone in our corrupt federal gov’t.

          • 1HughAkston

            It’s OK that Vickie spread lies about the community she’s lived in for 5 minutes because………Benghazi??? Well that both makes sense and good perspective. Awesome point!!!

            If she’d falsely smeared an individual like this she’d be shelling out bucks for the libel suit right now. Just because someone claims the the same political stripe as you doesn’t absolve them of their responsibility not to spread lies. And no – she didn’t apologize for what she did. Go back and re-read, she’s blaming others for her own mistakes.

          • concernedamericanTN66

            You said “most” don’t spread false gossip. I pointed out that at the highest levels of our gov’t, MANY DO. I’d be more concerned about the lying going on in our federal gov’t before I worry about a stupid county commissioner election. You seem awfully threatened by someone who’s only been here five minutes. Hmm…

          • 1HughAkston

            I live in this community, so yes, I am concerned about keeping liars out of local office. I also have children in this school district and I don’t appreciate a carpetbagger libeling it with her lies.

            This IS a local issue, so why do you keep bringing up federal issues?

  • Troubleshooter

    Victoria, my youngest son, who will be 21 in September, was a student at Poplar Grove Elementary in Franklin TN. At that time, Poplar Grove was rated as one of the best public elementary schools in the nation. He loved the Second grade, but he began to complain to me about the classes, the teachers, and the materials in his third grade year. He brought home a book which he had been told was required reading and that he would have to take a test and give a report on. The book was a glorification of “different kinds of families”, and how one was just as good as another. It included some very inappropriate and sexually suggestive statements about families with “two Daddies” and families with “two Mommies”. He said it made him feel yucky when he read it. I read it, and after I read it, I told him that it made me feel yucky too, and that I was so proud of him for telling me that something or someone at school had made him do something that made him feel bad inside. Victoria, I have never been a person who places much value on the gentle approach to confronting monsters. I went to the school, and made myself very unwelcome in their office, but I did have the presence of mind to keep my actions within what is legal. I did however, make every teacher and every office staff person aware of the fact that should my son come home again feeling mentally and emotionally offended by ANYTHING he was forced to read or do by staff at that school, that they would find out how really unreasonable I could be. My point in this is to give you some timeline reference for how long this vile sickness has been growing in Williamson County. As I stated in an earlier post about Williamson County Schools and how badly the Democrats have screwed up Tennessee, I wish you good luck in your efforts to initiate moral Triage in the Williamson County School Systems. You must certainly know that it is trickle-down from the U.S. Department of Ed and it’s illicit romance with the Socialist Teacher’s Unions.

  • RaeAnna Goss

    I’m thankful that you are bringing it to attention so that things like this will stir the pot and get people engaged to know what’s going on! It may or may not be in the schools (hopefully not!) but since this has been discussed in social media I think many parents will be on high alert for what’s coming down the pike.

  • Fred3204

    Again let’s look at the facts. First, Victoria is new to our community and has no kids in the school system. Second, she lied about mayor Anderson raising taxes multiple times. She lied about Bradley county opting out of common core. She puts out an article about a book that she has no idea if it is even in any our schools. She and Julie west complain about parent input on text books yet neither showed up when they were open for review. She wants the Bible taught in our schools but who’s interpretation? I guarantee her views differ from mine. She may not be in this for the money but she is in it for the attention.

  • Sara

    Keep up the good work. You’re right. Common Core are just standards in Math and ELA because that’s as far as they’ve gotten, but the curricula and tests that are Common Core aligned are filled with propaganda and inappropriate sexual garbage, and that’s where we are headed.

    • Mister

      The curricula is determined by local school boards–not CC. If the tests are filled with propaganda and sexual garbage, prove it. Sounds like you’re against this because you don’t like change. I agree that inappropriate things don’t need to be shown to our kids but I honestly don’t think that by setting standards–not setting curricula, CC does this.

  • Mister

    I know this is going to fall of deaf ears but here goes. Common Core is not a ‘Federal Government’ program. Various business leaders, Bill Gates and others, concerned about America’s declining educational test scores compared to other nations, have tried to come up with a series of minimum standards.

    That’s right, ‘standards’. Something that can be measured–to see how well our students are doing. It doesn’t mandate curriculum, textbooks or anything like that. And here’s another tidbit of info you may not of heard: The legislatures of 45 states (so they’re not all lefties) have approved these ‘standards’.

    You care to guess why? Are they are being duped by Obama and the federal thought police? Or could it be that they realize that the local school boards still have control over what they teach their children, what they read, and who teaches them–CC only serves to gauge how well they stack up against the rest of the country. Maybe they realize Gates and his buddies aren’t selling anything.

    Now teachers hate the idea. Why not?-it puts the onus on them. Where I live in TN a new teacher with a masters starts out at nearly 40 thousand a year (minus holidays, spring, fall, and part of the summer off) and get a thousand dollar raise every year. Do you get a 3% raise every year?

    Do you get a pension of half your salary for the rest of your life? Or do you have to contribute to a 401k that may or may not go up in value?

    So you can keep spouting the conspiracy theories all you want but the main opponents of CC are the teachers who don’t want to be held accountable for the work they do, the Obama haters who want to blame him for everything under the sun, and people like you Victoria who see a conspiracy in every single thing she sees.

    • derek sibert

      40K isn’t crap.

      • Mister

        Yep, but after 30 years they’re making around 60 or so and retire with a lifetime pension that guarantees them 30 k a year for life. Not bad for a job with a lot of time off. And 40 thousand in probably more than 80 percent of the people in this country make–without a raise every year.

  • RedMeatState

    the Problem is the Public Schools System. the textbooks are only a symptom.

    • 1HughAkston

      Yeah, education sucks – glad you were able to avoid it

  • Poindexter

    So on top of totally bolluxing up the textbook story, Ms. Jackson writes:
    “‘Well, it’s being stopped in Bradley County!” He said, “No, it’s not!” I said, “Yes, it is. I did a story on it.'” … and then proceeds to quote someone who shows definitively that her story on Bradley County stopping Common Core was, in fact, completely bolloxed too!
    Here’s a suggestion: Don’t believe any of the nonsense Ms. Jackson writes in here and DEFINITELY don’t elect her to public office.
    Maybe her bow is on too tight?

  • Lamont Cranston

    Victoria Jackson is lying, anti-American trash. I used to think her dumb blonde act on Saturday Night Live was an act, but clearly she ain’t acting. If she were an honest person, she wouldn’t use a 30 year old photograph at the top of her blog.

    • Poopdeck

      Sadly, I think she’s heard what your saying a thousand times. I even posted the same statement awhile back. But it doesn’t get through to her. The power of her cable TV is just too great.

  • Poindexter

    Shorter Victoria Jackson–“I know it’s true because I wrote about it…Oh, it’s not true after all? …The Constitution says, “We the people” are the government.”

  • Poopdeck

    Victoria Jackson is one of those people who have (correctly) identified faults with the Democratic Party and many liberals, and then is manipulated by conservative media (or social pressure from friends/family) to think Republicans and conservatives are somehow better.

    Then we end up with a world where cops treat all crimes the same (instead of focusing on predatory crimes). Because after all, like Victoria’s heroes say, “the law is the law!”.

    And we end up in a world where companies like BlackwaterUSA can lobby to start unnecessary wars, and then charge the taxpayers for the privilege.

    And we end up in a world where men like Kenneth Lay and his employees create mafia-like rackets around certain markets….. and they get away with it with the friendships of guys like the President (Bush) and Congressmen (like Tom DeLay) who actually aid and abet such criminal enterprises until such criminal enterprises become so greedy they go over-the-top on their crimes and practically beg to get caught in the end. After having caused hundreds of thousands of people and small businesses to go bankrupt.

    And we end up in a world where we deny narcotic medicine to people who seriously need it. Such as the terminally ill who are in pain. We end up becoming more concerned with “stopping crime” (AKA drug use) than alleviating suffering.

    We end up in a stupid world where Authoritarianism infects all decisions, and bad guys get away with murder because the conservative politicians are chasing the pill sellers and marijuana sellers.

    People like Victoria are only interested in the freedoms they personally have an interest in. Other things, in their minds, should be banned. Which creates unnecessary suffering and dilutes the Law so much that bad guys go free.

    The programs and ideas proposed by Republicans in Congress cost many times over the programs and ideas proposed by Democrats in Congress.

    Bill Clinton was the most fiscally prudent president in all of our lifetimes. And Barack Obama and George Bush have been the most fiscally wasteful. Reagan was no innocent either here. He diverted Forest Service money over to the DEA. Gee, that did a lot of good, didn’t it?

    Maybe in their minds, they hate nature because all this is transitory and Jesus is gonna save them from this illusion. But when they start legislating, they create a world with a hell of a lot more suffering.

  • lonebear

    i personally think the super is lying. If this book is associated with Common Core regardless of if it is their particular school then it either will be or is being crammed down kids throats and go get em. Common Core exists to re write history and to program your kids

    • 1HughAkston

      What is the Superintendent lying about exactly?

      • lonebear

        Mind you this is not the only article I have read on this so my opinion is from multi sources. When this super/school says this is not in their curriculum and not connected to CC, that is crap. CC has an agenda. As previously stated re writing history and programming our kids is part of it. If someone says otherwise including you they are wrong. Do some deep digging and when you see where all this really comes from you will understand. That book ended up in the mix for a reason albeit a sinister one.

        • News Across

          Blah blah blah blah…all you have is meaningless, empty, wild-eyed crazy tea billy conspiracy theories and tea billy nonsense.

          Thank goodness we have an election coming up in November and We the People can kick the tea billy majority in the House to the curb.

          See ya at the ballot box because me and the dems will be coming out in droves to vote.

          • lonebear

            Well you could not be further from the truth but ok. You did make one point that was good though, you remind me how utterly predictable all you mean spirited liberals are. You have no class at all and can be counted on to be as crass and low slung as a human can be and still stand upright

          • NoCrud

            Liberals are a spitpot full of low cunning. And it’s their strong point.

          • lonebear

            That pretty much nails it. It might not be so bad were it not for the fact that if elected a crass mouth and 15 year old beeatch behavior is the best they have to bring to the table. Scary. I guess some restraint, poise and dignity would be asking too much.

          • 1HughAkston

            classy

          • Rudy R.

            Liberals are mean spirited? How can you say that while your kind hate everything you don’t understand? I bet you hate immigrants, any kind of help for the poor, and those crazy kids with their rock and roll music!

          • lonebear

            You don’t even know what my kind is and if you read for yourself I am not the one that started the nasty in this conversation

        • 1HughAkston

          ” When this super/school says this is not in their curriculum and not connected to CC”

          So you’re saying the book is in their curriculum? So even though everyone else has backed down from that statement – you still believe it?

          Which part of CC do you think it’s connected to then? Math or English, as these are the only two subjects covered under CC.

          • lonebear

            I am saying that just because his current statement is that it is not in their current curriculum does not mean it does not exist within CC and the belief that the basic readin writin and rithmatic etc… is all CC is about is not true. CC has an agenda.

          • 1HughAkston

            Except it’s not in CC. That’s a provable fact. In your zeal to most righteously indignant, you make yourself into quite the ignorant jackass and fuel the stereotype of the angry ignoramus.

            There’s plenty in CC to be actually upset about – outright lies made up by Vickie isn’t one of them.

          • lonebear

            I am afraid if you dug deeper you would see otherwise and the “stereotype” is a choice in perception on the part of the responders. I am not the person looking like a low class ignorant jackass. It is all of you who’s best act is to start name calling and slinging insults.

          • 1HughAkston

            Calling someone a liar is both name calling and slinging insults. Doing so w/out having facts to back you up does indeed make you out to be an angry ignoramus. I’m sorry if that stings, but the truth does that sometimes.

          • lonebear

            Calling someone a liar and saying they are wrong are 2 different things. Being wrong can and often does mean being misguided. I was more directly trying to say that the actual truth has been well buried. If the truth “stings” sorry for that too. For the sake of people who are really trying to protect their kids I have taken part in this “talk” because although my senses told me otherwise I rather thought you were probably looking more for an opportunity to scratch your eye teeth than to worry about your kids or anyone else’s. Now would you really like to seek the truth about CC or are you just out for a pissin contest?

          • 1HughAkston

            Except you didn’t say the Superintendent was wrong (he wasn’t – he was factually correct), you said he was lying. Here is your direct quote:

            “i personally think the super is lying.”

            So you accuse someone of lying about something they’re telling the truth about. You get upset about being called on it, then lie about having called the name. My goodness, no wonder you aren’t offended by Vickie’s fabrications – it’s your same blueprint!!!!

            As for looking out for people’s children – Do your kids even go to WCS??? Mine do and quite frankly – I’m perfectly capable of looking out for them without fabricators like you and Vickie chiming in and slandering their schools with your lies.

          • lonebear

            You scored %100 only you get points off for twisting. I didn’t call him liar. I said I personally think he is lying. I am sure he is because that is what he has been told to do which is not his fault. I am sure he has bills to pay and kids to feed too. My children are grown and both got really good educations and have great careers and now their kids are almost grown and none of them needed CC or “It’s Perfectly Normal” Their sex education came from home where it needs to come from. They went to school, did their homework and were expected to behave like civilized humans instead of brain dead , knuckle draggin, foul mouthed, disrespectful, where’s my check and I will vote for anyone fools. If you really value your kids DON”T FALL for the good of CC. You are among those who have fallen for the great lie and it is a lie that is going to cost you big when you wake up and realize the life you have in this country will make Ukraine and Venezuela look good. It is your lies that hurt people. Now why don’t you go practice learning how to show some class instead of your ass

          • 1HughAkston

            “I didn’t call him liar. I said I personally think he is lying.”

            Riiiiiiight. Next tell me it depends on what your definition of “is” is.

            Hey guess what, my kids don’t need this book either. Which is why they’re NOT getting this book at home OR in their school despite the big lie by Vickie and swallowed in whole by you.

            And as for CC – I don’t support it. But you didn’t ask, just made false assumptions again…..though I guess you could always accuse me of lying about that (not to be confused w/being a liar – big difference right?) That’s immaterial though as my differences with CC are based in fact. And the fact is – this isn’t a CC book despite what you and the 90 y/o loon with the bow in her hair think.

          • lonebear

            Goodnight Cl ass Act have fun raising those stellar kiddies

          • 1HughAkston

            So all your lies have been called out, so it’s down to the name calling and mocking my children who you have no idea about?

            What a wonderful Christian woman you are.

          • lonebear

            No it is down to you had a choice between a conversation and a pissin contest Cl ass act and you haven’t shut up yet so I assume you plan on keepin on with it. You are the one callin the shots.

          • 1HughAkston

            if labeling people liars (oh wait, they’re just lying – not a iiar) for making factually accurate statement and mocking the children of those who call you on it is your definition of a conversation, then you need to some serious inner evaluation and a lot of praying to be changed.

          • lonebear

            A conversation is where 2 or more people openly share information and ideas in order to further their mutual understanding of a given subject. You had a choice between that and a pissin contest which is what you chose Cl ass Act. Again you are the one calling the shots. You keep slinging it. I keep slinging it back. It is like the guy said. It is all you have.

          • 1HughAkston

            Wait what information is being shared? Vickie lied and when called on it, admitted (somewhat) it was all lies but blamed others for it.

            You then chimed in w/well I still think he’s lying, even though everything is true. That’s the definition of a fanatic by the way – one who can neither change the topic or their mind.

            Then when you got called on it, you started using profanities and mocking children you’ve never met. You are a horrible dishonest human being and should be ashamed of yourself, but clearly lack the character to be remorseful. It’s people like you that allow the MSM to negatively stereotype conservatives like me as shallow, close-minded and hateful because it’s what you clearly are.

          • lonebear

            There is no information being shared because you are still conducting a pissin contest Cl ass Act

          • 1HughAkston

            and you are still being an ignorant bitch….is what I’d say if I wanted to stoop to your level, but I won’t

          • lonebear

            Thank you for the pointed illustration of why your name is Cl ass Act

          • 1HughAkston

            and for why you have no qualms of admiring a liar, being one who replicates those same tactics w/out shame

          • pearl87

            Quoting Willie the Slick? Wow, even libtards know their hero is a complete liar. BTW, it doesn’t matter if it’s part of CC, it IS in aligned with the goals of CC, and it is endorsed by PP.

          • lonebear
          • NoCrud

            All you have is questions??? Is that it? What is your agenda? Do you read here only to criticize? Where will you go next? Are you for real??? Really?

          • 1HughAkston

            So you’re OK w/the lies, just not questions challenging the lies.

            What a true patriot you are!

  • Rudy R.

    Victoria J. is just a media whore crock of s***

  • News Across

    My God, but you are stupid!!
    Are you embarrassed to be you? You should be embarrassed.

  • hippysuperstar

    “I think the public schools should teach the Bible”

    Really? What if the children are of a different religion? They should have to study the Bible? I guess you don’t believe in freedom of religion, or the Constitution for that matter.

    • News Across

      Thank goodness We the People can kick these incredibly dumb tea billies to the curb in Nov!

    • RedMeatState

      Thomas Jefferson himself would call you a fool and an idiot.

      • pearl87

        Peewee Herman would call you a god.

  • bakerds

    Ms. Jackson — Don’t let your passion get in the way of truth. Always, always, always fact-check. If you can’t prove it without spin, don’t write about it, talk about it, or breathe it. Your credibility is the only thing you’ve got — and it can be lost very fast. We live in a world where politicians can’t be trusted. I’d hate to think that the minute you put in your political cap that you, too, would fit the stereotype. peace…

  • News Across

    Hey Jackson, please get some professional help for your mental illness. Homophobia is a serious mental health problem and you definitely need help. Also, just come out of the closet Jackson…you will feel a whole lot better when you do and so will your girlfriend.

  • News Across

    Not only are her assertions completely wrong (no such book is used in WCS), but Jackson is dissing a book she has neither read nor even seen.

    That is almost the textbook definition of “dumb.” Worse yet, Jacksons wild-eyed tea billy claims are highly irresponsible. Anyone who would vote for that scumbag Jackson should have their head examined.

  • News Across

    What an idiot…and I used to think it was just an act…lol.

    • pearl87

      No one could ever get fooled by you…lol

  • shesbrainless

    No way is Victoria actually writing this.

  • derek sibert

    What do you call parents who teach abstinence? Grandparents.

  • livefreeordie

    Man, there sure are a lot of jack asses leaving comments! There is no such thing as a tea bully. That is not what the tea party is about, so anyone who says they are a member and acts that way is acting on their own, not representing the HONEST, MORAL, CONCERNED members of the Tea Party. If it weren’t for them standing up for the Constitution, what organizations would be doing it? And by the way, commenters, what the hell are YOU DOING to help?

    • Rudy R.

      Shut up, nobody likes you.

      • pearl87

        Stay in your basement, fatso, and keep away from normal people or you’re gonna get arrested.

    • pearl87

      Don’t shut up. I like you and I agree with you. The liberal trolls have been paid overtime to spew venom against Victoria Jackson. This is how they try to create the impression that their twisted views and opinions are ascendant among the people. But they are liars and losers.

  • Rudy R.

    Victoria J. is just a media whore…She actually is as dumb as the characters she played on SNL 100 years ago. Thank goodness her career is dead now.

  • jeffsters

    “I hope this clears up any misunderstanding” In the end I think you just told us all you really have no idea what’s up with this book!

  • 1HughAkston

    I love the the title of her article is a question mark rather then a period.

    A mistake??? Well everything I said was unverified, false, and libelous. But let’s not get hasty and call it a mistake.

    She’s the mirror image of the same people she’s railing against. Opposite side of the same lunatic coin.

  • K. Q. Duane

    Despite the other ridiculous “controversy”, your curriculum concept is right on the money. More God and less sex. If academia truly wanted to produce excellent adults this should be a practical decision based on common sense but unfortunately female-led academia is notoriously short on common sense and overwhelmingly obsessed with teaching political correctness even if it is at the expense of a stellar education.

  • Tara Anderson

    I’m very confused about why people are assuming that this book is being taught in classrooms. It was used as a reference — a SOURCE for RESEARCH — on a pamphlet giving kids basic information about sex. The pamphlet even distinguishes between sources for further reading and the sources used as references for the article. The creator of the pamphlet is a researcher in adolescent development (psychology), NOT education. It is a huge jump from “someone used this book as a reference” to “this is a public school textbook.” Notice that no one is stepping forward to say that they have seen any evidence of the book being taught to classrooms full of children in ANY state.

    That being said, this is a book and it does exist. I’ve seen it. I’ve read it. I appreciate that it talks frankly to children about their bodies and treats them like competent beings. I have friends who own this book and used to talk about sex with their children (usually around age 11). They were very happy to learn that a book like this, that aligns with their morals and values, exists. Including such a book on a recommended reading list or in a library collection serves a very real need in a community. I would also support books on a reading list or in a library that promote abstinence or “biblical” marriage, because we all need access to resources that fit our unique situations.

  • pearl87

    Anyone who wonders why these things are happening over the objections of the people, it is that we the people have allowed our elected public servants to believe they are our masters. The only answer is to stop listening to the background noise of the liberal left, who consistently tell us we have no power to resist their agenda. The perverted, deranged relativist TARA ANDERSON, below, and those like her, who think that it is their mission, and their right, to lecture us on what is “appropriate”, all the while condemning Christians for presuming to have standards which contradict their pronouncements.

    Notice how TARA ANDERSON excoriates Victoria Jackson for her misstep in implying that the pornographic children’s sex guide, entitled “It’s Perfectly Normal”, was in use in classrooms. Ms. Anderson makes it ABUNDANTLY clear that it is NOT “taught to classrooms full of children of ANY state.”

    Yet, the hypocrisy is palpable in her next paragraph as she then asserts how good and proper it would be IF IT WERE in classrooms. The agenda of the left to corrupt the minds of our children is transparent and evil in the extreme. Victoria Jackson did us all a favor to alert us to depths of their depravity. No one can seriously defend this filth to parents of real children and THEY KNOW IT THEMSELVES. TARA ANDERSON is nothing but a frustrated degenerate, like all those who want to steal the innocence of children in order to make themselves feel less debased.

  • Tom Goffnett

    YOU CANNOT give just a little bit. It is like modesty, you teach your children to stay covered up at all times so when they are naked they are uncomfortable and will shut the door and prevent people from seeing them. It is a safeguard because you CANNOT trust people. Teachers should not talk about santa claus, the easter bunny, Buddha, sex, murder, rock and roll, drugs etc. You don’t send your children to school to be parented. Parents parent their children and if they don’t, that is their call. Teachers can talk to the parents and let them know that their child is behind or might be held back, and again, that is on the parent — it is none of YOUR business, learn to mind YOUR business.

    Do not give your parenting to other people, that is nothing short of disturbing. Why do you want a stranger teaching your child about a condom? Why would you allow that? Why is it wrong for your 30 year old neighbor to tell your 16 year old about condoms but it is perfectly fine if that same 30 year old is a school teacher? What if that school teacher is teaching because he likes young girls? You people that respond with, “our teachers are trustworthy” are completely unaware of human nature. Everyone says everything is alright so long as everyone is saying everything is alright. Everything is not alright. Adults shouldn’t even say sex in schools. Sex Ed should be abolished. Drug education should be abolished. Remove all the indoctrination and stick with the basics.

  • MDEducator

    WRONG! Common Core has no plans to extend beyond Math and Reading Standards. Certainly not into Sex Ed. It’s called FACT CHECKING.

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    JESUS is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE!

    “No man has the RIGHT to REWRITE the GOD’S WORD!”

    1) http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/02/21/common-core-pornography/?show-at-comment=515808#comment-515808

    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=NAgzE6s0fuQ

    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=NAgzE6s0fuQ#t=35

    4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAgzE6s0fuQ

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