Illinois School Pushes Smut on Children as Young as 12 with Porn-Laden Book

Illinois School District 126, covering Alsip, Hazelgreen and Oak Lawn, has defended its choice to assign summer reading to 12- and 13-year-olds that is replete with harsh profanity and references to teen sex (even teen sex with adults).

Prairie Junior High School's required reading list for rising 8th graders gave children six books to choose from over the summer. Parents have complained that three of the six books contain adult content which is highly age-inappropriate. Those complaints, however, have fallen on deaf ears. At a recent school board meeting, school board members said they intend to continue assigning the books.

To add insult to injury, the school didn't even have the courtesy to warn these kids — or their parents — about the adult content within the assigned reading. And parents are understandably furious. If one of my daughters came to me at twelve having been assigned this smut, I'd be ticked-off too.

Whatever happened to classics like Ivanhoe or Up From Slavery? Sure, some of them may even contain limited profanity and adult content, but there's a big difference. The profane content in Fat Kids isn't sporadic. It's pervasive and gratuitous. The book has 110 pages containing the F-word and other profanities, and there are multiple crude sexual references.

With all the objectionable material children are subjected to on the internet, on television and in theatres, it's outrageous that educators, who are charged with helping to mold the minds of these 12- and 13-year-olds, would willingly — if not eagerly — contribute to their moral degradation by pushing this kind of vulgarity on them. It amounts to educational malpractice, and School District 126 should have its mouth washed out with soap.

I telephoned Robert Berger, superintendent of schools for District 126, fully expecting him to assure me that this foolishness would be remedied. But instead, his response was defiant, defensive and arrogant.

Berger refused to answer me when I asked him several times if District 126 believed that such mature content was appropriate for children. (I wonder; if it's so appropriate, then why wouldn't he defend it?)

I asked Berger if one could infer that the district found the material appropriate since it was assigned to children. He quipped, "Infer whatever you want to."

No one's calling for a book burning here, but c'mon, these are just kids. Does District 126 have any standards of decency at all?

Unfortunately the actions of District 126 are symptomatic of a metastasizing moral malady within our larger system of public education. Kids in public schools across the country are constantly inundated with material which promotes profanity, homosexuality, promiscuity and abortion.

The Agenda is pushed and the curriculum set by leftist groups like the National Education Association (NEA), the ACLU and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Even the American Library Association (ALA) gave Fat Kids its "Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature." The book also received a rave review from America's largest homosexual activist literary organization, Lambda Literary Foundation.

By constantly lowering the bar on decency, educators are intentionally playing a game of ideological limbo with our children's moral well-being as they seek to create little moral relativists in their own iconoclastic self-image. And they're robbing kids of great reading like Oliver Twist, Treasure Island and many others in the process.

How low will they go?

By the looks of things in Alsip, Illinois, they're not going to bottom out anytime soon.

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  • Guest

    God loves you.

    Are they even high enough on the food chain to have developed an 'iconoclastic self-image'?

    What . are . we . thinking?

    What . are . our . goals?

    Is our training (in lieu of real education) that puerile that supposed college graduates are this stupid? Do they really think that demeaned and demoralized young impressionable minds are less likely to cause another Columbine? Less likely to end up with broken hearts and STDs, gratis those 'adults' they should have sex with?

    My daughter rejected her children's school reading programs, in bulk. She informed them that they needn't give her children any grade in reading, that she will grade their reading matter. (You have to know my daughter — a living reincarnation of Pope Leo's assured graces before Attila's arrogance. The so-called educators seem to know not to tread on her; she is involved enough at every level, administrator, principal, counelors and teachers, for them to know that she is bright, careful and formidable. They know, too, that she will defend them [and has defended them] against any who are wrong, including her own kids. She is a born debater and logician, like her Mom; scrupulously fair and honest; not enough ego not to be humble when proven wrong. Any who know her knows she purrs like a kitten and attacks like a tiger; and, usually in defense of whom she loves.

    Like her Mom before her, she reminds me very much of Mother Angelica. :)

    Remember, I love you, too

    Reminding that we are all on the same side — His,

    Pristinus Sapienter (wljewell @catholicexchange.com or … yahoo.com)

  • Guest

    Unbelievable!

  • Guest

    So, even the unarguably amoral Hollywood crowd can at least give out ratings for movies in which the "f" word and sexual scenes result in a warning that the content isn't for children. And many theaters will not sell tickets to "R" (or worse) rated movies to children under 17. But a school district sees no problem in assigning vulgar and inappropriate material to 12-year olds? Give me a break. Is it time for book ratings so these educrats will have some objective guidelines for inappropriate content? Doesn't appear that they can tell the difference themselves.

     

    "The Catholic Church frames the Christian life as one in which you must exercise virtue—not because virtue saves you, but because that's the way God's grace gets manifested." Dr. Francis J. Beckwith

  • Guest

    We must take educating our children into our own hands. I used to think home schoolers were completely whacked nut jobs destined to keep their children in a bubble away from reality. I am now a whacked nut job myself and loving it!

    As the youngest of nine going through public schools I spent a good amount of time being told I was an accident, that my parents were stupid, and that I was personally responsible for the depletion of the worlds natural resources — THIS WAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO! It has only gotten that much worse.

    I realize everyone cannot home school but if more people considered it the sheer numbers would have to make the Liberals reconsider their shameless tactics. I actually envy my own kids though I know my experiences were allowed for a reason — they will never know what it feels like to have a teacher tell the class you should have been dealt with before you arrived! (aborted!)

    The mindset, the agenda, the money, and the PC clout are all behind the NEA – one way to mess with their plan is not to give them your kid. I pray daily for those, who like me for 13 years, had no choice but to listen to their nasty comments about my family and the joys and freedom of abortion.

    My family did, however, come across what we called CIHs (Christian in Hiding) — those were teachers who did not support the PC stuff and went out of their way to be kind to us kids. God bless them!!! May they know how many days they made bearable by their kindness! KMc 

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    A good Christian lawyer may take a case like this pro-bono. Otherwise, it's important to support school choice.

  • Guest

    You know, this is all very good that this case has been brought to light, but it happens all the time in schools all over.  Even in "Catholic" schools. Wake up parents!

     Homeschooling now for 24th year.

  • Guest

    KMc, the problem is, even if significant numbers of people pull their children out of public schools to home school, the school still gets their tax money, so I doubt they will care.  In fact I imagine they will be happy to see the voices of criticism go away.  I am Catholic, but I'm glad I live in the Bible belt.  I can't see anyone tolerating this foolishness in the South.

  • Guest

    Literature like this makes me wonder about how many teachers were arrested for inappropriate relationships in District 126.  Likely NONE since the superintendant condones exposing children to adult-child sexual activity in such a manner.

    I also am glad to be a Catholic living in the Bible belt.  While I know we are not immune from such abuses, it seems that they are less prolific.

  • Guest

    I wouldn't get too cozy in the Bible belt. The larger cities are certainly moving away from traditional Christian values. Our state (NC) is considering changes to it's sex education program (making it a sexuality education program — scary).  I'm sure NC is not the only state to consider these "subtle" changes with less than subtle outcomes. We cannot afford NOT to be diligent no matter where we live.

     

    "The Catholic Church frames the Christian life as one in which you must exercise virtue—not because virtue saves you, but because that's the way God's grace gets manifested." Dr. Francis J. Beckwith

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