The Village Idiots Strike Again on Sex Education.

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Last June, a band of reactionary zealots stampeded the State Board of Education meeting to protest against common-sense reforms in the language of the sex education health guidelines.

These village idiots have apparently found new support in the current Arizona Speaker of the House, Russel Bowers.

Speaker Russell Bowers

At a weekend meeting sponsored by the Southern Poverty hate group designated Family Watch International (for their goals working against transgender individuals and of enforcing conversion therapy) and attended by about 50 people (among the attendees were members of the extremist Patriot Movement and racially intolerant Senator Sylvia Allen), at an East Valley Charter School, Mr. Bowers asserted, as reported by multiple media outlets like Az Central, the Phoenix New Times, and Arizona Mirror, that:

  • Planned Parenthood wanted changes to Arizona’s sex education program because it would “help their bottom line” with increases in abortions and sexually transmitted diseases. He alluded to it as the “business plan from hell.”
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is a “radical” for championing reforms to the sex education health state guidelines.
Senator Sylvia Allen

Senator Allen, preying on the fears of the “crowd,” said that she feared Arizona, if it gets a Democratic majority in the State Legislature in 2021, would adopt new health standards that take away the choice from parents on whether or not to enroll their child in a health class that covers sex education.

 

 

 

 

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

Reacting to what was said at this event, Superintendent Hoffman, on her Facebook Page, wrote:

“As elected state leaders, it is critical we serve our state by collaborating on policies, even when our perspectives differ. My office has reached out to many legislators, including Speaker Bowers and Sen. Allen to find time for us to meet prior to the next legislative session.”

“I’ve had productive meetings with members of both parties, but my requests to Speaker Bowers and Sen. Allen have been met with silence. We should be able to have rational, civil conversations – and even work to find common ground on the issues facing our state’s education system.”

“It is extremely disappointing and discouraging that Speaker Bowers and Sen. Allen would rather publicly spread outrageous falsehoods than meet with me and listen to each other.”

“Sex-ed is an issue that should be addressed at the local district level, with local school boards choosing curriculum with the community and parental input. But at a minimum, our students deserve medically and scientifically accurate information that is also age-appropriate.”

“The health and safety of Arizona’s students is one of my top priorities, and I hope Speaker Bowers and Sen. Allen will be able to find time to meet and discuss ways we can come together to best support Arizona’s students.”

Speaker Bowers and Senator Allen are the radicals for fanning the flames of intolerance and seeking to keep Arizona children and parents in the Dark Ages of health education.

They would do better to attend conferences attended by specialists supporting common-sense solutions for the health of the children and greater community, not ignitors for hate hoping to divide everyone and punish people like inquisitors.

Hopefully, they will accept the Superintendent’s invitation and pick up the phone and call her office.

That would be better for everyone.

Featured Image from Radio Canada International.

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

1 COMMENT

  1. In many ways Bowers is the most powerful person in Arizona. He can stifle any legislation on whatever whim he wants. And has done it. You have to wonder whether the indictment of the interim EVIT superintendent is Rusty’s revenge for being found out on his sweetheart deal at EVIT under the previous Machiavellian superintendent. But Bowers antique attitudes on reproductive freedom are not unique. Senator Borrelli, the self proclaimed Italian Stallion, said that if the Democrats get control of either side of the Arizona legislature, they will be slaughtering babies on the Courthouse steps. Can’t beat a statement like that.

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