Michael Aron sent an article from the Washington Times about the Lexington, Mass. parents who had a strong reaction to the reading of King & King at the local elementary school. The parents - two straight couples - are now plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit where they accuse several parties, including the teacher who read the story, of violating the 'opt-out' statute. This Bay State law states, "Every city, town, regional school district or vocational school district implementing or maintaining curriculum which primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues shall adopt a policy ensuring parental guardian notification. Such policy shall afford parents or guardians the flexibility to exempt their children from any portion of said curriculum through written notification to the school principal."
It's always a treat to see the powerful, arrogant Massachusetts educational establishment being held accountable by concerned parents. The accompanying media circus helps keeps the spotlight shining. However, this is David Parker's second public dispute with this school system. One hopes that the self-described 'devout Christian' will do some soul-searching this summer about the appropriateness of leaving his young son in the daily care of people he has strong moral disagreements with on a frequent basis.
Janine Cate's post is a sobering reminder that controversial storybooks are merely the tip of the iceberg.