Friday, April 15, 2005

Bloggers and cucumbers

Some of you you might recall the great "cucumber controversy" taking place in Maryland.
At the heart of the conflict is a seven-minute video demonstrating how to put a condom on a cucumber and a policy that, for the first time ever in MCPS, will allow health teachers to initiate discussions about homosexuality. Since last December, two distinct special interest groups have sprung up in Montgomery County, one wholeheartedly in favor of the new curriculum and one vehemently opposed. Both have ties to scores of similar groups nationwide.
Well it's still unresolved. But tensions seem to be heating up with no end in sight. And it seems as though some bloggers are making them mad.

Their thousands of pages of endless blogs (every group has to update them daily, it seems), hundreds of links and dozens of petty attacks and reprisals traded in emails make the actual issue seem disconnected from the schools and the students; this war is being fought in the digital age, on a front nobody could have imagined a decade ago.
Sounds like somebody doesn't like the fact that parents are starting to find out what's going on and getting a little vocal about it. Somehow I think we're going to see more and more of these conflicts. Atleast now, both sides have a voice.

Speaking of bloggers, Edwonk, who is the best blogger at highlighting what is going on in public education tells us that "homemade food" is no longer welcome in Lincoln, Nebraska schools. So cookies are out but condoms and cukes are in. I can't wait to see the next bake sale.


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