The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2001, President George W. Bush helped to revamp the ESEA and gave it the name No Child Left Behind Act. Bush’s version of the statute expired in 2007. Since its expiration, Congress has made a number of attempts to pass another revision of No Child Left Behind, but as yet, all attempts have failed.
Earlier this month, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced another massive version of the education bill. His bill covers 1,150 pages and like so many huge bills, contains hidden items that most people would never notice until it’s too late. In Harkin’s case, the hidden provision starts on page 694 and lays out plans to protect LGBT students from bullying.
The bill goes so far in protecting gay and lesbian students that any school that does not take the necessary steps to prevent bullying and harassing of gay and lesbian students could have their funding cut off. The bill says nothing about cutting the funding from schools that allow the bullying and harassing of normal student or Christian students, or Jewish student, just gays and lesbians.
Once again we see where gays and lesbians are after preferential treatment, not equal treatment. In fact, it is socially acceptable to bully and harass straight, Christian and conservative students, but it’s not okay to give the same bullying treatment to gay, lesbian, Hispanic or Muslim students.
Mission America President Linda Harvey says that there are two distinct issues involved in the education bill provision, but they are being confused into one issue when they are not. In an interview with OneNewsNow, Harvey said:
“One is the open expression of homosexuality; and the second is kindness and civility. Our children all deserve kindness and civility, and that can happen even if they are learning homosexuality is wrong. And they’re trying to combine the two and say that they are the same thing.”
“The federal government getting involved in education in the first place is a very unwise and uncomfortable idea for most families in America. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t keep education at the local level.”
I’m all for education, but ever since the federal government started getting involved with it, the quality and success of education has continued to decrease to dangerously low levels. I only hope and pray that Harkin’s rendition of No Child Left Behind and the special protection for gay and lesbian students never makes it out of the Senate.