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Preschool predator

Posted by Richard on December 13, 2006

Denver counted votes for a week after the November election — until they found enough to pass "Preschool Matters," a sales tax increase "for the children." The proponents argued that too many kids are "not ready" when they get to kindergarten and need preschool to get them ready. I wonder how long until educators inform us that kids need some new institution to get them ready for preschool. But I digress. Denver officials were chagrined to learn yesterday that Denver’s passage of the kiddie tax could result in less "free money" from the state:

Denver voters’ approval of a sales tax increase to help pay to send more 4-year-olds to preschool may have unintended consequences.

State funding that the city receives to provide preschool education to at-risk kids could be affected by Initiative 1A, which will generate about $12 million annually for 10 years, though Denver won’t know for sure until it’s implemented.

"I’m sitting here ready to explode at the thought of it," Councilwoman Carol Boigon said Tuesday after the city’s lobbyist, Todd Saliman, broke the news to a council committee.

I’m amused. The mayor and council told voters, "You’ve got to give us this tax increase so we can help these poor, at-risk kids," and now the state is saying, "Well, it looks like you no longer need all that money we’ve been giving you for poor, at-risk kids,"  and these people are shocked and surprised. Hah!

If pre-school administrators, teachers, and teachers’ aides in Denver are like those in Waco, TX (and college education programs are doing their best to insure that all educators think alike), then little boys are at risk when they go to preschool — at risk of being emotionally scarred for life and labeled as a sexual predator at the age of four:

When a Bellmead father received a letter from his son’s school district saying the 4-year-old had inappropriately touched a teacher’s aide, he said he couldn’t believe what he was reading.

"When I got that letter, my world flipped," DaMarcus Blackwell said.

The Nov. 13 letter from La Vega Independent School District stated his son, who was 4 years old at the time, was involved in "inappropriate physical behavior interpreted as sexual contact and/or sexual harassment" after the boy hugged a teacher’s aide and "rubbed his face in the chest of (the) female employee" on Nov. 10.

"I’ve been violated! He touched my boobies! He touched my boobies!"

Jeez, I thought I’d heard all the insane stories of hypersensitive, "zero tolerance" educators — kids punished for kissing a classmate on the cheek, for drawing a picture of dad, the soldier, with a gun — but this may be the craziest one yet. What kind of screwed-up, emotionally crippled people are we going to create if we punish four-year-olds for expressing affection and emotional attachment?

Whatever happened to that "Hugs, Not Drugs" program?

And why are people like this whack-job teachers’ aide and the school officials who backed her up allowed within 1000 yards of a child?

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