|Patriots meeting on sex ed brought community together|
Tuesday night, April 8, there was a well-attended meeting of the Northwoods Patriots, a group of which I am a member. We invited a guest speaker, Julianne Appling from Wisconsin Family Action, to talk about the human growth and development class offered by most Wisconsin schools.
This was the result of a recent controversy with respect to a take-home assignment at Northland Pines High School which some parents felt was age inappropriate and did not adequately address all available choices.Top school officials were in attendance, including the district administrator, Northland Pines High School principal, president of the school board and teachers. The guest speaker was extremely knowledgeable and informative, and while her personal view was not necessarily shared by all the people in attendance, she was clear when expressing facts versus her opinion.
As it turns out, our high school does fall short of certain statutory requirements, which the school officials who spoke expressed an eagerness to rectify.
With respect to the aforementioned assignment, the school officials were receptive to the feedback and pledged to effect modifications, including sending such sensitive assignments to parents in advance, allowing an opportunity for feedback and to prepare their child, or to opt-out their child from the assignment or class.
What I feel the subtext of this meeting was is this. Tuesday evening was a commendable example of “civics in action.” Everyone in attendance was respectful, polite, considerate, nonconfrontatinal and ready to find a common ground to the benefit of the children, and I believe to the ultimate benefit of our community.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the Northwoods Patriots for organizing this event and inviting the informative Ms. Appling to speak, and also to the various school officials, who by attending showed their understanding that they serve the citizens and to us that they sincerely wish to do so.
Tuesday evening we came together as a community and I am proud of this.
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:46 AM|