Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Catholic School Values

I don't know if this will come out right, but here goes. My kids go to a decent Catholic school. They go to Mass twice a week and are reasonably well-prepared (by they school - I do my part as their primary catechist) to receive the Sacraments. It's not like it's a "bad" place.

But having said that, it's not like it's a great place either. What I've found in four years there, is that aside from the opportunity to go to Mass, there is little to identify the school as something special. In fact, the local public school seems to be more family-focused than our Catholic school! A couple of examples:

We always start on a Wednesday. For decades, those first three days were half-days. But for the last two, they've switched to full days. I don't care so much that they changed it, as I do why they changed it. The principal made the decision because she had so many parents complaining that they had to rearrange work schedules to accomodate their own children. Now, I understand that in some families, both parents have to work. But this is just one more way that we've changed our identity to accomodate those with secular values. While some of the families have to do it to get by, many others just do it drive a Lexus, or "keep my sanity".

Another thing is the way that parents are pushed away from the school. At the public school, parent-helpers are invited in to assist the teachers with class parties and projects. Not at our Catholic school! Parties are off limits for parents. One teacher explained that some of the kids would get upset that their mom had to work and couldn't be there. So we don't let any come?! At what point is the kid going to have to understand that either mom is making a sacrifice to serve the family in another way, or that she just would prefer the extra cash that comes in from that second job? We make sacrifices so that my wife can stay home, partly to be available for these kinds of things. As a convert, I thought we were trying to live out traditional, Catholic values. And again, I make a distinction between those that must work and those that choose to.

At a recent "Mother's Club" meeting, the audience was reminded that Christmas break would be a little longer this year, a full two weeks. The response? A collective groan. I don't get it. What kind of mother wouldnt' want to have that extra time with their children? Instead, they sit around and complain about it. These are the same moms who want to be "involved" in everything, and compete to sign up for room mother, and have their name linked with as much as they can, but when it comes down to it, they only want the school to offer activities that suit their schedule, and complain when they have to slip back into the role of parent. It's funny, only a few are available to assist with the Reading Program, but when a field trip pops up, all of a sudden everyone is able to get off of work and expects that they and their clicque will be the chosen few who get to chaperone.

I've been on the parish Board of Education for five years now, but that's just an exercise in futility. In two years as Chair, I couldn't enlist another soul to help make some minor changes. The principal runs the school, which she usually does a good job of. Kind of like a benevolent dictator. But that just means there's no accountability. The pastor thinks she does a great job, so he doesn't seem to question anything.

I guess I just need to get over it, or be more patient. And believe me, I try. But it's just when I see some of these simple, basic things - about putting family first, or not watering down sacramental prep - I just have a hard time with it. Maybe that's just something converts have to learn to accept. I hope not.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Fired for opposing "gay rights"

Here it comes. As has been predicted for years, we're losing our rights to free speech. If you don't buy into the "gay" agenda, you're a bigot, and don't deserve to hold a job. LINK:
A University of Toledo administrator who was fired after criticizing gay rights in a newspaper column is suing the school for violating her free speech rights.
Dixon wrote in a newspaper column in April that gay rights can't be compared to civil rights because homosexuality is a choice. The university says Dixon's statements damaged her ability to perform her job.

So how exactly does this affect her ability to do her job? Is it that she's no longer accepted by her HR peers, the same people who have pushed this agenda in universities and corporations across America?

What they feel the need to silence is the truth. She's absolutely correct - this is not a civil rights struggle. Blacks at that time were denied basic legal protections. Homosexuals are not denied any rights whatsoever. This whole push for homosexual "marriage" is a joke. You have a loud minority who don't understand what marriage is, or why it is recognized by the state. Even though they can't produce the benefits that a marriage provides to society, they want it anyway. Don't know what it is, but I gotta have it!

Toddlers handle rejection better than these activists; look at the Prop 8 protests around the country. (And notice that I say activists, not homosexuals. Most of the fuss is coming from straight people with a deeply-embedded guilt complex that has to manifest itself in some way. Well-to-do white liberals find all kinds of ways to express this. Can you count them?)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Say it ain't so, Plaxico

What is wrong with Plaxico Burress? I mean, how dumb can you be? LINK:
Burress shot himself in the right thigh in the VIP section of the Latin Quarter
nightclub about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. He did not have a permit to carry
a handgun in New York.

Why would he NEED a permit to carry a handgun? First of all, if you don't think you can go out and enjoy an evening without fearing that some situation might arise that will require you to have your piece with you, you're probably not planning well. But beyond that, the man makes millions. Why wouldn't he just HIRE a bodyguard who can handle those kinds of things? I mean, was he really planning on shooting someone himself if the opportunity, er, need arose?

And I love his lawyer. Remind me to call that guy if I ever do something that stupid. He says:
"He is standing tall. He is a mature adult," said Benjamin Brafman, his defense lawyer.

Dude, last time I checked, mature adults don't carry loaded guns in their pockets to go to the club. At the very least, wouldn't a mature adult make sure the safety was on? I can't imagine him doing any jail time (BTW, isn't a $100,000 bond a little much in this case? Where's he gonna hide?), but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Update: The Giants just suspended him for four games, which is the rest of the regular season. That's awkward. Didn't he kind of already punish himself? You know, when he took that bullet in the leg? From that gun he had in his pocket?