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June 21, 2005

"The Education of Shelby Knox"

-- by Thomas Leavitt

What happens during The Education of Shelby Knox illustrates exactly why the religious right and BushCo want to kill off public broadcasting (PBS and NPR). In fact, the entire sequence of events can be seen as a reason why they would very much like to do away with the entire "public sector".

A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Shelby Knox of Lubbock, Texas has pledged abstinence until marriage. But she becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex ed when she finds that Lubbock, where high schools teach abstinence as the only safe sex, has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the state.

She also decides to ally herself "with a group of gay students who have been denied the right to form a gay-straight alliance in school". Her activities wind up "profoundly changing her political and spiritual views".

Certainly, this isn't a story that is likely to be dealt with in much depth (if at all) by the M$M.

This is exactly what the religious right is afraid of... and exactly what public education is supposed to do: provide people with the opportunity to transcend their upbringing and become informed citizens capable of making their own decisions.

"I think that God wants you to question," Shelby says, "to do more than just blindly be a follower, because he can't use blind followers. He can use people like me who realize there's more in the world that can be done."

List of encore re-run times in the SF Bay Area (I might have to actually find a TV with cable). Check local listings in your area.

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at June 21, 2005 11:45 PM

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Comments

Ah...enlightenment. How the right hates when that happens.

Posted by: delagar at June 22, 2005 4:45 AM

In both the big 'E' and little 'e' sense...

Posted by: paperwight at June 22, 2005 7:07 AM

Fucking French!

Posted by: richard at June 22, 2005 9:42 AM

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