Education

Representative McDermott releases second report on ‘Pono Choices’

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In response to the Board of Education’s committee review of the re-called ‘Pono Choices’ sex education curriculum, Rep. McDermott has issued his second major report. This report includes extensive new research into the process of grant applications, curriculum approval and administrative oversight.

DOWNLOAD PDF:  The McDermott Report II – Pono Choices (Updated)

DOWNLOAD PDF:  U.H. Pono Choices Grant Application

OPG Podcast #3 – Phil Lees

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A conversation with Phil Lees on the history of social/political manipulation of school curricula in Canada.
A conversation with Phil Lees on the history of social/political manipulation of school curricula in Canada.

OhanaPolicyGroup.com’s Keith Rollman likes to call Phil Lees the “man from the future,” because of Canada’s long history of same-sex marriage and the changes to public school education policy that followed. Click the player below to listen to Phil & Keith discuss this important topic.

OPG’s Bob McDermott takes on educational intrusion by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Representative Bob McDermott takes on the progressive Pono Choices sex education program.
OPG’s Bob McDermott takes on progressive social engineering in Hawaii’s public schools.

State Representative Bob McDermott filed an ethics complaint against District Superintendent Matayoshi as the responsible officer of the department for allowing a mainland special interest group to offer cash inducements to influence curriculum presentation. McDermott sent Mataysohi a letter expressing concern and asking for the citation of law that allows such activities. There is none. Despite McDermott’s concerns that outside mainland groups are trying to influence curriculum with their classroom schemes for social engineering, the Superintendent allowed the seminar to be conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center to proceed this past weekend.

McDermott said aside from the undue influence of mainland groups trying to steer the presentation of materials in a way that is unbeknownst to parents, the content itself is troubling. It clearly has an agenda that all families and most legislators are unaware of; it is political indoctrination and not rudimentary learning. The focus of the material is Identity, Action, Diversity, and Justice. These are the four pillars of the Teaching Tolerance program which is designed for English and History teachers.

McDermott said, “I want political agendas, right or left, out of the schools. I want the teachers to spend the precious little time they have with students educating them in the basics. English teacher should focus on English, things like sentence structure, and not some mainlander’s political view point of Social Justice. Make no mistake, this program only presents one side of the story.”

The theme of this curriculum is so called “Anti-Bias’ unless of course you are a person of faith. One example is the following: “Patrick is being raised in a very strict and exclusionary fundamentalist Christian home…”. If that is not biased I do not know what is. The program is concerned about everyone except people of faith who sincerely hold their beliefs.

The Southern Poverty Law Center targets Christian and Pro family groups such as Focus on the Family and Catholic Family News as “hate groups, bigots, and homophobes because they do not agree with same sex marriage, or other aberrant behaviors. Last year the SPLC added the “Singing Nuns” of Mt. St. Michael in Spokane, Washington to its list of hate groups. Ridiculous!

Once again, like Pono Choices, another mainland concoction, we are presented with disproportionate examples of homosexual and transgender focus in the material; despite the facts that only 3.5% of adults in American engage in Homosexual or bisexual behavior, or the 0.3% of adults who identify as transgender. These folks are post puberty adults, while the focus off the seminar starts in kindergarten. Clearly there is an agenda afoot to normalize and de-stigmatize this behavior as if it is normal despite the statistical evidence; a clear effort to inculcate our students with a new set of values.

In Hawaii we have Aloha for one another, we love our brothers and sisters. We understand our differences make us special. We understand and tolerate others, not to bully others or tease. It is another thing to be forced through unrelenting indoctrination to accept and even celebrate behaviors or lifestyles that one’s faith, creed or moral code frowns upon and requires that they abstain from engaging in.