Schools needs to get back to teaching basics

Saturday's article in the Gazette about parent's concern over Dana Levy's writing workshops at all nine elementary schools omits a critical part of the discussion. Yes, Ms. Levy writes children's books about families with same-sex parents and that was well covered in the article. What the article failed to mention is that Ms. Levy is also a left-wing, progressive activist. To quote her blog, "I've committed to at least one act per day until the 2020 presidential election: an act of resistance, an act of activism, an act of gratitude or generosity."

Not all bad, but certainly a person with an agenda. She goes on to tell people the first thing they need to do is read the "Indivisible Guide." Indivisible is the group of angry Hillary Clinton supporters and disillusioned Bernie Sanders supporters who are showing up and disrupting congressional town hall meetings across the country.

Ms. Levy is well within her rights to write children's books about homosexual parents or encourage others to join the anti-Trump movement, the question is, why are our local schools inviting a left-wing activist in to influence our elementary school students? A recent report by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance showed American students rank 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading in international testing. My thought is that our elementary schools need to get back to teaching the basics and stop trying to indoctrinate our children.

Roger Pogge

James City County

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