A New Report – Sexual Harassment Rampant In Public SchoolsMonday, November 7th, 2011
A report put together by the American Association of University Women just came out this morning. If your children go to public schools, you’re not going to like what you’re about to read. Nonetheless, you need to read this.
The report immediately attracted mass attention from CNN, NBC, and other major news entities, and that’s good. People need to know about this.
The report is entitled Crossing the Line – Sexual Harassment At School.
The report deals with sexual harassment in public schools. It deals with the harassment of students. The survey asked almost 2,000 students, grades 7-12, if they had experienced sexual harassment in school.
48% of students questioned said that they HAD experienced sexual harassment in school – in the past school year!
They claimed to have been sexually harassed in numerous ways. Much of the harassment was verbal, taking the form of nasty jokes and comments, rumors and innuendo. And though some of you are mumbling “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, you are not an impressionable, fragile child. Students claimed to have received sexual comments in texts, emails, and directly.
It gets worse. 56% of all girls said they’d been harassed at one time, and 40% of all boys. 67% of all students queried said that they had been sexually harassed at some time. The report further made clear that very little of the harassment gets reported to adults. We’ll get into why, shortly. These acts have damaged lives, according to the survey. 22% of those girls who were sexually harassed in school, and 14% of the boys, claimed to have trouble sleeping.
How bad is this? Many kids claimed they expect it – that it’s a normal part of their school day.
This is simply the result of a single survey – and it does not delve into sexual harassment perpetrated by teachers against students.
In 2004, a report actually commissioned by the Department of Education stated that between 6%-10% of public school children had been sexually harassed or abused by teachers and/or other school employees! That would be between 4-5 MILLION abuses, given the current population of public schools. That’s a lot of children, and the report is not from some half-baked fringe group – it’s the Department of Education, ratting on itself!
Did you hear about that report? Anyone read that report? Nope. Teachers unions and their friends in government shut it down very quickly. The report was prepared by a Hofstra University Professor, and the woman who prepared it said the actual number of abuse cases could be quite higher.
I personally have no way to verify the numbers in either report, but obviously if they are even remotely close to correct, well, you do not want your children in a public school. What we do know in that between 2007-2010, over 2,000 separate sexual abuse complaints were filed by students and their families against public school employees. And the majority of teachers and public school employees are let off the hook by the courts. After all, who’s going to believe a child over a teacher? And don’t think that repeat sexual offenders masquerading as teachers aren’t aware of this fact. They count on it.
Then there are the specific cases we hear about, those that manage to squeeze past the teacher union and governmental censors. Where can one go to see a list of school teachers and employees who have been accused of, or found guilty of abusing our children. Nowhere. The government has made certain not to keep a data base of teachers who sexually harm our children. Not the CIA, the FBI, nowhere can such a list be found.
It looks a lot like the government does not really want you to know what is happening in your kid’s school. But there’s the info from two reports, two credible organizations that have nothing to gain from such reports, and out of the mouths of the children themselves. The teachers aren’t stopping much of the student to student abuse, for 48% of all school children to experience such abuse. of course, if the Department of Education report is close to right, a lot of teachers are sort of busy sexually harassing children to stop other people from sexually harassing our children.
Of course children aren’t reporting harassment very often. They don’t trust most teachers, and they shouldn’t, given the above numbers. To be sexually harassed is very upsetting, and embarrassing in many cases. A kid’s life is tough enough without being harassed in the first place. To make it public that he or she has been harassed can only make it worse, at least in most children’s eyes. And once they file a report on someone harassing them, is that student safe in that school anymore? As if they were safe there in the first place? I think the answer speaks for itself.
If you’re not homeschooling, consider these reports, and consider the importance of keeping your child safe – a parent’s first priority. Then do the right thing.
Prisons are infamous for sexual harassment that takes place between prisoners, and perpetrated by guards. And now, schools do, too! Prisons use metal detectors, too, just like schools. Prisons allow the prisoners out for a small amount of P.E. each day, just like schools. Prisons have high walls and gates, just like schools. Prisons claim to “rehabilitate” and educate, just like schools.
But we’re talking now about children and schools. Should a child be in an environment that increasingly resembles prison? Well, Mom and Dad? Well, American voter? Are you really going to allow this to continue to happen to your son and daughter?
As you probably know, I am an advocate for homeschooling. It’s my belief that homeschooling potentially provides a student with a vastly superior education than schooling in any form. This is backed up by a lot of numbers and research. I’ve taught for public and private schools, at the University level, as a private instructor in thousands of workshops, and as a homeschool dad running a homeschool group. Homeschooling by far works best for most students- and most families.
But I understand that many parents do not believe they can effectively homeschool. They’ve been told that they “don’t have degrees,” and that they “aren’t qualified.” This is all nonsense, of course. You’re legally not required to have any kind of a degree to homeschool your kids anywhere in the U.S. A lot of people who have degrees and who call themselves “professional teachers” are simply awful, and even destructive at what they do. A lot of parents…hundreds that I know of…have homeschooled their kids right into universities and careers.
In a serious effort to make homeschooling easier to do, and more commonly successful in terms of education received, I’ve authored my own curriculum. It took some 15,000 hours to write, over more than a decade of work, and is intended to replace the need for schooling a student from age 5-Adult Continuing Education. The curriculum is called Connect The Thoughts (or “CTT”). It has been used by over 20,000 students worldwide over the past 10 years. Hundreds of “success stories” attest to how well CTT works.
CTT courses are written in a way that gradually allows the student to take over his own education. Each course itself largely does the teaching, relieving mom and dad of that duty unless they wish to use our daily lesson plans in various subjects as springboards for family discussion and discovery – as many families do, every day. The parent has the job of making certain the student is working and has what they need to study. (And you’ll need to find a good math program for homeschooling as we don’t provide one. There are many.)
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Starter is for ages 5-6, and for preliterate students of any age. It focuses on starting to develop literacy skills, while teaching about various subjects. Starter includes full two-year programs in Reading, History, Science, Creative Writing, and Living Your Life, courses that develop life and study skills for the youngest students. Every lesson plan at the Starter level works to develop literacy.
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