Thursday, January 22, 2009

Political pandering 101

Senator Ralph Smith (R-22) wants Virginia's "family life" curriculum to expand and teach about the "benefits of marriage for men, women, children, and communities." SB 827 would mandate that instruction along with such topics as abstinence, avoiding sexual assault, and family relationships. Smith thinks it will reduce divorce and save the state "hundreds of millions of dollars." It is being pushed by the Family Foundation of Virginia.
You must be a dumb cluck if you really believe this bill will save any money or that it will even reduce divorce. It is at best redundant to instruction already required; at worst it will foster a belief among some young students that single parent families or children of divorced couples are lesser human beings - less good than traditional mom/dad/two kids families.
Like a chicken getting readied for dinner, SB 827 should get the axe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amen to that. OUr kids will be feeling the cuts in education, and we cannot EVER, but especially now, afford this kind of bill. Absurd, truly. Cannot imagine this passing in the Senate. Hope I'm wrong.