There are some “shades of gray” issues in our culture today, though fewer than the ethical relativists would suggest.
Still, there are some things that area wrong.
One of those is being addressed in Arizona where a legislator is trying to get it in writing that educators should not use profanity.
And that is right.
There are no exceptions.
The Associated Press presented it like this: “A state legislator has introduced a bill that would punish public school teachers if they use words that violate the obscenity and profanity guidelines set forth by the Federal Communications Commission.
“State Sen. Lori Klein introduced the measure because a parent in her district complained about a high school teacher using foul language.
“The words were ‘totally inappropriate,’ and teachers that don’t keep their language clean aren’t setting a good example for students, she said.
“Critics say the bill is unnecessary and any discipline needed should be handled by schools and districts, not the Legislature.”
The very fact that this issue is still being discussed is evidence that there is need of leadership in this arena.
If we could return control of our schools to the local level as they used to be, then, sure, we could presume that parents would be able to get their point across, but barring that, we apparently need some higher authority point out that it is always — always — wrong for “educators” to curse at their students.
Of course there are those who question whether the FCC standards are appropriate, either, and they do have a point.
Again, here is a terrific argument for why our schools should refer to local control and why there should be stronger, ethical requirements.
Communities would arguably understand what is indecent and if they were in control, they could set their own standards.
Sounds like a great direction for America to move, if it weren’t already blocked by a mountain of bureaucratic red tape, that is.
— Chuck Smith