Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
Here’s is a story from Provincetown, Massachusetts, which has morphed from Puritan stronghold to premier gay resort of the East Coast. It seems that the local school district, in obedience to the libidinous culture in which it swims was faced with the problem that, for some mysterious reason, it’s elementary school children were getting sexualized at increasingly early ages. What to do? What to do?
When the school board in Provincetown, Mass., voted unanimously on June 8 to provide free condoms to all students in the district without parental notification, no one in the audience objected.
In fact, no one thought much about it.
That’s the real story here. No one thought much about it. The local community was so deeply inside the Bubble that it never even occurred to anyone that this might be problematic.
Surely, the responsible parents of enlightened P Town must have had some sort of vague sense that all was not well?
No one objected. In fact, no one thought much of it, says Beth Singer, the school superintendent.
Even after passage, she said, she had only one phone call—from a parent who wanted to know when it would go into effect so she could talk to her kids about it.
One wants to be a fly on the wall when it comes time for discipline in that house. “Honey, I know you feel that you and your other friends in second grade are old enough to smoke, so I just want to encourage you to come and ask me any questions you might have! Most of all be sure to practice safe smoking by using filtered cigarettes the nurse provides. No need to check with me. Just do whatever feels right. The pleasure of tobacco is a beautiful, natural thing that God created and you don’t need to feel ashamed at all as you take your first step into this more adult way of living. Yes, there are health risks, but so long as you do it in moderation, lots of adults live rich, full lives with tobacco as a very important part of the pleasure! You deserve that pleasure! Love you, honey!”
Eventually the story hit the national media and normal people from outside the Bubble began to react. School officials are “shell-shocked”. P-Town parents who hadn’t hear about this mad scheme began to revolt. It turns out lots of people aren’t nearly as enlightened as P-Town school social engineer and actually think there may be some other way of dealing with the problem than encouraging pre-adolescent to get jiggy. All sorts of barbarisms are being proposed, such as “parental notification” and “not giving condoms to kindergartners”. If this keeps up we might even see some wahoo suggesting that sexualizing elementary school kids is a bad thing, not a thing to be facilitated by bureaucratic dunces.
That’s what happens when you start placing the rights of parents above the brilliance of technicians and specialists and “respected studies”. Next thing you know, we’ll be hearing that chastity is a virtue. Very out of step with P-Town culture.
ncreasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend?
Specialists and technicians are worried that having a best friend could be exclusive and elitist. What we need to do is create a society where all is homogenous—because such societies make it easier for specialists and technicians to shovel human beings around like concrete and mold them into the structures that specialists and technicians know we need to build in order to create a society that properly obeys specialists and technicians. We, as parents, naturally owe it to our Savior Specialists to sacrifice the normal healthy and happy desires of our children on the the edifice of progress in order to achieve this. As our Lord more or less says, Man was made for educational theory, not educational theory for man.