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Lexington vs. fundamentalists

IN HIS trashing of public education, Jeff Jacoby (op ed, June 12) has almost none of the facts right about the Lexington case.

David Parker, the Lexington father, did not find ''himself in a war with his local school board." He and his clique of fundamentalists staged an action, complete with videotaping of the events. School officials met with Parker until late in the afternoon. When he would not leave, officials were forced to call the police. Parker was again given the choice to leave. He did not and was arrested. Ever since this event, there has been near-unanimous support by the community and clergy for the Estabrook School and the Lexington school system. It seems that whatever ''war" Parker and Jacoby want to create runs against the grain of sensible, caring adults.

There was no sexual content in any of the books included in the diversity book-bag, unless you think showing two moms and their daughter working on their home garden ''sexual content."

''Homosexual themes" is a loaded phrase thrown around to make it seem that acceptance of different racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds is a question of right or wrong. If a child has two mommies or two daddies, is he or she less of a person? What is the reason to redline his or her particular family and not discuss it? Because it offends Parker?

Jacoby's vicious characterization of public school officials and teachers makes it seem as though they are horrible. In fact, by and large, public educators are dedicated to the principles that John Adams wrote into the state constitution: ''It shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates . . . to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences [at] public schools and grammar schools in the towns." Adams knew that an educated citizenry is the best bulwark against demagoguery and despotism.


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