Mar 14, 2022·edited Mar 14, 2022Author

I generally don't have any objections to states passing their own curriculum laws (and I don't live in a state that neighbors Florida, and have to deal with the second order consequences), but this caught my eye:

"On the right, supporters of the bill claim that the law is needed to prevent teachers from grooming young children for sexual abuse."

Outside of Culture War Grift World, is this actually a problem that needs solving? Or is it just something a grifter came up with to justify why precisely this is needed. Are is there a demonstrated record of Florida teachers grooming children for sexual abuse?

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Mar 14, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr, David Thornton

I would argue that "getting fired up about a cultural problem that doesn't really exist" is exactly how we got Trump. Republicans are now in the business of outrage politics, because it works. Get people believing their way of life is threatened and they'll let you do anything you want to "fix" it.

In this case both sides of the aisle are being a bit ridiculous. It's a vague, poorly written bill, but the nickname it's been given is kind of over the top, imo. Republicans have always wanted the government out of our schools (they said), so this bill is just another sign that the party has departed from its alleged values.

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Mar 15, 2022·edited Mar 15, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr, David Thornton

Just as bad are the laws Congress passes that do not even define the law. What the laws mean is whatever the bureaucratic regulators and courts say. The best laws should define what is required rather than vaguely what is prohibited. Indoctrination by the school system does exist and is a problem. The solution is close monitoring of classrooms to make sure a required curriculum is taught. Any teachers caught proselytizing outside the approved curriculum should be fired.

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