Two minutes. That’s all the time parents in the Gilford, N.H., school district had to make any comments or complaints, or ask questions of, the Gilford School Board.
William Baer, a New Hampshire attorney, was arrested by a police officer after he violated the two-minute speaking rule at a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire. The dad, William Baer, was speaking out against the sexually graphic content found in a book, “19 Minutes,” assigned to his 14 year-old daughter, Marina.
Video showed Mr. Baer seated in the audience while making his comments quietly and reasonably. He said he wasn’t “looking for a fight” but the school board left him “hurt and humiliated” asked police to be arrest him for going over the time limit. Baer was charged with disorderly conduct and held for a couple hours before being released on $700 bail.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it,” he told The Blaze. “I think it was outrageous that I was charged for something like that — not adhering to the two-minute rule.”
The Gilford School Board later apologize for the “discomfort” the controversial book assignment caused and vowed to allow parents to “accept” material rather than “opt out.” Did The Blaze get that statement quite right? Shouldn’t parents be allowed to “opt out” of having their children read such explicit material?
In any case, we’ve been warning that, under Common Core, standards such literature was on its way to a classroom near you. At least the parents of Gilford cared enough to show up. None of the other parents, though, exhibited any outrage at Baer’s arrest nor challenged the police to prove that there was such a rule or that the Gilford School Board could make such a charge.
They should have spoken out against such an unjustifiable action. But perhaps they were afraid. If the school board can have a sober, responsible man arrested for objecting to the pornographic material the school board had approved, what would happen to them?
Here in our neck of the woods, you can hear crickets chirping at the local school board meetings I cover as a correspondent for the local newspaper. The last time parents attended a school board meeting was awards night. The school board has to look to me (the reporter) to ask the questions – and I do. Particularly about Common Core. I’ve been working on a study of N.J. Ask Scores since just before Common Core was implemented up to the present.
This school board admitted that their fourth graders had not met their Language Arts target and they would be investigating the reason for that failure. Yet the superintendent claimed that Common Core was working out very well. Then again, if the students are learning grammar the Noam Chomsky way (the traditional way was hard enough – Chomskyism defies all logic), it’s little wonder they haven’t met their target.
Fourth grade is the key. In just looking over the numbers for our area of the state, the test scores take a big slump between the third and fourth grade; just about the time the students are being taught grammar. The fifth grade is an even bigger drop and by the eighth grade, which has been taking experimental tests based on the Common Core standards, the grades are down in the 20th percentile.
Sexually explicit menu is part of the Common Core curriculum as well as white privilege, or white guilt, exercises in which white students must apologize for being white and not understanding what it is like to grow up as an oppressed minority. Western literature is to be shunned as irrelevant. Common Core has yielded somewhat on this ground. Some 19th and 20th Century literature will be added to the canon, as well as one Shakespeare play.
- One? As a senior college Shakespeare star student (4.2 in Shakespeare’s Tragedies), the students will learn nothing by one play. Shakespeare is divided into four genres: the Tragedies, the Comedies, the Histories, and the Sonnets. One Shakespeare play does not an education in The Bard make.
The Gilford Board of Education intended to make an example of William Baer. Yes, the board wants to keep to its schedule – and, not coincidentally, go home at a reasonable hour. But when they are approving pornographic literature, teaching Chomsky grammar, incomprehensible mathematics, and lesson plans in “social justice,” parents have the right to demand that the meeting go on all night, if necessary, to ensure their children receive a decent education.
Nineteen minutes for pornography. Two minutes for parents. That doesn’t sound like equal time.