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We all want our children to know the dangers of some of the choices they might make. We tell them not to run out in the street, so that they will not get run over by a car. We tell them not to play with guns, because they might accidentally discharge the weapon, and be hurt or killed. We tell them not to do drugs or drink alcohol, because it is harmful to their bodies and it could kill them. We tell them not to get behind the wheel of a car, if they have consumed a substance that would impair their abilities, so that they will not hurt themselves or someone else.

These are all important lessons that need to be taught, no argument there whatsoever. But children need to be approached in an honest and open way. They need to have these issues brought to their attention in a well-thought out and organized manner. The way to teach is not via scare tactics and careless lies that dismantle a child’s trust in you.

A school in California decided, that terrorizing students with blatant lies that some of their classmates/friends had been killed in car wrecks, was the way to go in teaching avoidance of DUI (driving under the influence) incidents. Another great example as to why it is best to keep your children at home to educate them, instead of handing them off to whatever unknown joker with a personal agenda or bizarre plan that happens to be waiting for them.

Continue reading below and you will see the nightmare that they put these teenagers through. I, for one, am glad that my children will not be subjected to deception and trickery under the guise of the “educational process”.

This news story can be found here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25123570/

Here is the article:

Calif. school defends DWI shock tactics
Students were told classmates had died in car wrecks — they hadn’t

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – On a Monday morning last month, highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School to announce some horrible news: Several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend.

Classmates wept. Some became hysterical.

A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax — a scared-straight exercise designed by school officials to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving.

As seniors prepare for graduation parties Friday, school officials in the largely prosperous San Diego suburb are defending themselves against allegations they went too far.

At school assemblies, some students held up posters that read: “Death is real. Don’t play with our emotions.”

‘They got the shock they wanted’
Michelle de Gracia, 16, was in physics class when an officer announced that her missing classmate David, a popular basketball player, had died instantly after being rear-ended by a drunken driver. She said she felt nauseated but was too stunned to cry.

“They got the shock they wanted,” she said.

Some of her classmates became extremely upset, prompting the teacher to tell them immediately it was all staged.

“People started yelling at the teacher,” she said. “It was pretty hectic.”

Others, including many who heard the news of the 26 deaths between classes, were left in the dark until the missing students reappeared hours later.

“You feel betrayed by your teachers and administrators, these people you trust,” said 15-year-old Carolyn Magos. “But then I felt selfish for feeling that way, because, I mean, if it saves one life, it’s worth it.”

‘We wanted them to be traumatized’
Officials at the 3,100-student school officials defended the program.

“They were traumatized, but we wanted them to be traumatized,” said guidance counselor Lori Tauber, who helped organize the shocking exercise and got dozens of students to participate. “That’s how they get the message.”

The plan was to tell the truth to the students at an assembly later in the day. But word that it was all a hoax began to spread before the gathering. Tauber said some counselors and administrators revealed the truth to calm some students who had become upset.

Oceanside Schools Superintendent Larry Perondi said he fielded only a few calls from parents, while the PTA chapter said it had not heard any complaints. Perondi said the program would be revised, but he would not say how. And he said he was glad that students seemed to have gotten the message.

“We did this in earnest,” he said. “This was not done to be a prankster.”

 

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How would you like to be lied to about what your children are learning at their school today? I imagine not many would vote a big resounding “Yes, please!” to that question. However, parents in Jackson, Mississippi were told that this week their children’s studies would relate to preparing for standardized testing.

 In reality, the 6th graders at Chastain Middle School were asked to vote who of their classmates would be most likely to basically “not succeed”, with specific targeted questions. Questions with embarassing, inappropriate, alienating results that were publically displayed in the classroom. Even at their young age the children involved had more sense than their teacher, in that they initially declined to participate, but were forced to in the end.

Parents, there is no legitimate reason for this assignment, and no excuse for this deception. We must not be fooled into thinking that a stranger with their own motives and agendas can educate our children more honestly and effectively than we can. There are a myriad of value systems out there. Do you want to play russian roulette with your children’s lives in determining whether the values they learn are healthy and appropriate? Mark my words, experiences like this one are very far-reaching, and children, like the little sponges they are will soak it ALL up.

Please keep or bring your children home, so that they can learn in the security and protection of a loving environment. Where they don’t have to be stunted by the institutional process. Where they can flourish and be all that God intends for them to be! You can read specifics about this matter below.

The source for this article can be found here:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=64280

The story continues below:

School ‘stonewalls’ over pregnancy poll
Parents erupt after children also ranked for AIDS, death

Posted: May 15, 2008
12:00 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Chastain Middle School in Jackson, Miss.

Parents whose children attend a Mississippi school embroiled in controversy after a science teacher had 6th-graders vote on who was most likely to become pregnant – or be dead – by age 19 say officials now are stonewalling them.

Parent Curtis Lyons wants to see the assignment given his daughter, but is being told he won’t be allowed to review it.

“I have a right to see that assignment,” he told WND today, “but I’ve been refused.”

The controversy erupted when a science teacher at Chastain Middle School in Jackson, Miss., asked 6th-graders to vote from among themselves who was the most likely to be pregnant, infected with HIV, or dead by the age of 19.

The students initially refused to vote, but the teacher overruled them. The 6th-graders then were horrified to see their names listed on a chalkboard, ranked in lists for everyone to see.

Parents like Lyons, whose 12-year-old daughter was voted among those most likely to be pregnant, were outraged. Lyons’ concerns were heightened when he sought to see the assignments his daughter’s class was given, and he discovered the school had confiscated them.

“My daughter told me the first page listed percentages of African Americans that drop out, get pregnant, get HIV, or die before adulthood. The second page listed names of students within the class and then instructed the children to vote who was most likely to fulfill the statistics on page 1. I have asked the school repeatedly to see the actual assignment,” said Lyons, “but the school hasn’t yet told me when, or even if, I’ll get to see it.”

Parents are scratching their heads over the purpose of the assignment, too. Informed by a school publication that the week’s curriculum would focus on preparing for statewide standardized tests, parents told WND that they don’t understand why the teacher in this predominantly black school would ask children to surmise who would become statistical fodder.

WND asked the same question and was told by a school official that the issue had become “a personnel matter” and that all questions would have to be “shuffled up the system” to wait for response approved by the district’s legal counsel.

Eventually, WND was told, “The assignment was designed to be an exercise in statistics.”

Parents are still waiting for meaningful answers, and their children are struggling with the consequences.

“My daughter used to come home from school and run to the mirror to put on her lip gloss,” said Lyons. “She told my wife yesterday that she doesn’t want to wear lip gloss anymore, concerned about why the students in her class voted for her. She’s 12; she should be able to enjoy lip gloss without worrying about how people look at her.

“I’m concerned about the students who were voted most likely to be dead, too,” he said. “Some of them may have parents who died young; it’s a real possibility in our community. How is that going to affect them? Some of them may get in a situation that threatens their safety, and are they going to remember that their peers expected them to die anyway?”

Other parents who did not want to be identified confirmed to WND that their children will be going to counseling, or will be transferring to another school.

A school official told Lyons there always are counselors at the school and they would help students “should the need arise.”

As for the parents, Lyons wants to make sure they aren’t kept in the dark. He’s invited the community to an informational meeting later this week.

“Many of the parents were at work when this happened,” he said. “I was able to go the superintendent and file the complaint, and so I can disseminate that information to parents, some of whom may still not know what has happened.”

 

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