From Crayons to Condoms by Steve Baldwin and Karen Holgate

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on June 24, 2008 at 7:06 am

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979267110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979267116
  • To purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    What’s really going at your local public school? In From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth About America’s Public Schools, Steven Baldwin and Karen Holgate let parents, concerned teachers and students speak for themselves about the dismal state of government education in America today. The conclusion? Today’s schools are laboratories for disaster, where failed methodologies and policies continually find new life thanks to bureaucracies more interested in maintaining power than in educating.

    Lavishly armed with your tax dollars, government at every level encourages mass social experimentation on our kids – success optional. In From Crayons to Condoms you’ll discover…

      * The lesbian gym teacher who hands out a paper called “101 Ways To Do It Without Going All The Way” in every class.
      * The “Inventive Spelling” curriculum which demands of parents that they “avoid giving in to our natural desire to correct the mistakes” because it’s “harmful to the children”
      * The “innovative name-calling” program for kindergarteners and first graders that teaches new words and concepts like “dyke” and “faggot.”
      * The required courses in “death education” that actually encourage teen depression and suicide.
      * The math classes in which students write down how they “feel” about math problems…as opposed to learning fractions, algebra and multiplication tables.

    Today’s public schools are not just rife with bizarre, inaccurate textbooks and failed teaching practices – they encourage classroom activities that produce dangerous, even deadly, results.

    Can our schools be saved? Yes say the authors, but only if parents are informed and ready to fight for their children every step of the way. The stories in From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth About America’s Public Schools are sure to horrify and energize anyone concerned about today’s kids – and our nation’s future.

    I have two young girls and they have yet to reach the age where they will be going to school.  I have been fortunate to be able to stay home with them, but the time is drawing near where they will be leaving home to be educated.  This book was an eye-opener, but I must say that not all teachers or schools are run this way.  I do have 3 teachers in my family and I feel they do an excellent job of educating our children (granted, I am biased, lol).  Don’t get me wrong, I am not disregarding any of the information in this book.  It is truly helpful and will give you an idea of what can/may happen in your school district, just keep your eyes open because nothing is more important than the education of our children.



    About the Author
    Steven Baldwin
    is a long-time activist in the fight to reform America’s public schools. He served in the California Legislature, representing San Diego’s 77th District.

    As Chairman of the California State Assembly Education Committee, he initiated a series of hearings that demonstrated how fads, failed methodologies and political correctness have devastated the California public school system, the nation’s largest – and one of the worst.

    The co-author of “The Real Secret War,” Mr. Baldwin has appeared on numerous talk shows including Larry King Live, and has written articles published in the Regent University Law Review, Washington Times and Human Events. Mr. Baldwin is currently the Executive Director of the Council for National Policy (CNP).

    Karen Holgate became an educational activist after joining the fight against hardcore pornography. During public speaking engagements, she began hearing from parents concerned about the sex education curricula being promoted in the public school system.

    With her grandchildren in the public schools, she became involved in the myriad of problems besetting California’s education system. Soon she was traveling to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators to discuss the declining quality of education and the growing emphasis of non-academic content.

    Mrs. Holgate’s articles and policy reports have appeared in publications including the Congressional Quarterly, Investors Business Daily, the Washington Times, and Insight Magazine. She has been interviewed by local and national radio shows, and has appeared on CBS, NBC and Fox News shows.

     Once again, thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

    1. Wow, this sounds like a great book. I was an education major and have read horror stories about our education system. Like you said, it is not all bad.

    2. Unfortunately this is true. Our children and grandchildren are at such great risk. This book will hopefully open the eyes of many.
      Grace Reddick

    3. I have not read this book. But I will comment on my daughter’s experience in the Chicago Public School system. She is entering the 6th grade. Overall, I am very satisfied with her education experience. When my husband was having very bad bout of depression; her teachers and other school staff were there for her. They had no problem taking time out of their day to see how she was doing and just listening to her if she needed it. The only thing that I have been unhappy about was this year; when my daughter was having problems in math. The teacher did not give us any suggestions on how we could help her. Just have her ask questions to the teacher instead of her friends.

      We will have to see what will happen when she moves on to high school.

      I will have to check out this book to see what actually it says about our education system.

    4. I’m really interested in education systems, past and future, but I hadn’t heard of this book. I’m going to need to add it to my wishlist immediately!

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