Over the weekend, former state representative Jeremy Munson alerted Minnesotans to a situation in Mankato East High School where freshman students were asked to take a morality quiz from IDRlabs. As Munson explained in the tweet below, the quiz not only asked some strange questions; it also classified students as conservative, libertarian, or liberal, implying that those in the last category are more caring.
I decided to take the quiz myself, which gave me a chance to actually see all of the questions. Some of them were definitely ethical conundrums. But perhaps more startling is the fact that some of these topics were raised or suggested to 14-year-old students. Take a look at the screenshots below. Is it even wise to be casually mentioning some of these issues to students and letting such thoughts enter their minds?
These questions bring home an important issue with startling clarity, namely, that all education is moral education regardless of whether it occurs in the public classroom, the private classroom, or at home. And because that is true, other questions are in order:
“What kind of morals do you want your child to have?” and “Are you okay with the morals of the public schools being inculcated into your child?”
For years, parents thought that the morals of public schools were okay–they were supposed to be secular after all, teaching a kind of neutral morality. The Covid pandemic changed that image, however, for it brought the true teachings of the classroom into the living room, as did the work of the Libs of TikTok Twitter channel, presenting hard evidence of the sexually deviant values taught in many public schools.
But now that parents’ eyes have been opened, they are finding that they are stuck. They don’t want their kids to learn the morality taught in public schools, but they have no capability of sending them elsewhere.
It’s time we gave parents a choice. If public schools are teaching their form of “morality” (albeit a sexually deviant one), why can’t parents take education funds in the form of an ESA and send their child to a school that teaches a morality with which they agree?
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