If you have been reading my articles for a while you might remember the Common Core Approved Search Engine. The story detailed one mother’s frustration over her daughter’s 8th grade assignment. The teacher had given the students a website as a source for finding information on their topics. The sight was a very one sided site that made a mockery of any conservative views.
To make matters worse the poor girl had to use the website for four out of six sources for the assignment. So make no mistake here–it wasn’t just thrown out as an option, it was a site that had to be used for two thirds of the information for the project.
Along the lines of this story from last year comes a new one involving a teenager from Connecticut. Adam Lampart, a senior from Nonnewaug High School, in Connecticut, was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May.
Since debates usually show two sides of an issue (unless it’s a presidential debate…) Lampart went to several websites to obtain information regarding views for gun control and against. Lampart had no problems getting to websites that were advocating for gun control but found that the website for the NRA had been blocked.
Lampart obviously hasn’t been corrupted by the Common Core and the progressive ideological teaching going on in a lot of American public schools yet because he is one smart cookie. He decided to do some investigating and see if other conservative sites were blocked.
Of course, it should be no surprise that those sites were also off limits. He discovered that the school’s firewall was blocking sites such as NRA, State GOP, right to life groups, and Christianity.com and the Vatican’s website.
But hey, don’t worry, he was able to get onto the State Democrats page, Newtown Action Alliance, Planned Parenthood and even Islam-guide.com.
After having taken the issue to the superintendent and receiving no response Lampert decided to take it to the school board.
“It’s not a joking matter in terms of having access to both sides of an issue,” Board ChairmanJohn Chapman told WTIC.
“The Board appreciated hearing the comments from Andrew and agree that he has raised an important issue that warrants further investigation,” Chapman explained.
I will be keeping tabs on this story as well as encouraging students in schools across the nation to test their school’s firewalls as well. I agree with Board Chairman Chapman that it’s not a joking matter in terms of having access to both sides of an issue.
I think it’s an even larger matter that a government run school is trying to silence the opposition. How many students would be aware that they weren’t being told the full story?