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 correct link. (2nd reference on right).
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.
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.
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.
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” – Socrates
“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.”
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?