From Crayons to Condoms – author interview – Steven Baldwin

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 Join Steven Baldwin and Karen Holgate, authors of the non-fiction current events book, From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth About America’s Public Schools

From Crayons to Condoms synopsis:

The American public school system, once the envy of the world, is now a sinkhole of political correctness, ineptitude and violence, yet its administrators demand – and receive – far more funding per child than do higher performing private and religious schools.

In From Crayons to Condoms: The Ugly Truth About America’s Public Schools, you’ll experience today’s public schools as never before, through the voices of parents, students and dedicated teachers left stranded in the system, the same voices that school administrators are determined to stifle.

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 required courses in “death education” that actually encourage teen depression and suicide.
* The math classes in which students are told to 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 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.



Hi Steve Baldwin


Welcome to Paperback Writer.


Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book? 


Well, I was the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee in the Calif legislature and I was being bombarded with all these incredible stories by parents, who, by and large, had been ignored by everyone else in the education community.


Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?


After a few years of collecting these stories, it dawned on me that the rest of America needs to know what’s going on in the schools and so Karen and I started thinking about a book.


How did you come up with the title?  


Our marketing people thought of the idea, but it does indeed summarize the content.


How did you find an agent and publisher?


The published by sheer coincidence just happened to be a member of a group I head up called the Council for National Policy.  Then he sold the company to WorldNetDaily.


Who reads you work in progress?  


Parents and anyone concerned with the quality of our public schools.


Who made a difference in the book’s quality?


The parents who agreed to tell their stories are the real heroes here.  Many parents fear speaking out and that has distorted the discussion about our public schools. The patterns that are evident here demonstrate that these parents are telling the truth.


How long did it take you to complete the first draft?


The first draft was completed in a few months over 8 years ago.


How long did it take from start to publication?


About 8 years. We had submitted the manuscript to a few publishers and no one was interested, so we sat on this project for a while. When we found a publisher who was interested, we went back and updated the book.


Do you have any advice for new authors?  


Be persistent.  Don’t fall in love with every word as you will have to removed much of the text for either space or marketing reasons.


Thank you, Steve for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.



FROM CRAYONS TO CONDOMS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on June 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Steven’s and Karen’s tour in progress, visit in June. Leave a comment on their blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of their tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on June 30!






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6 thoughts on “From Crayons to Condoms – author interview – Steven Baldwin”

  1. I am a homeschooling mom who has homeschooled all 5 of my children for many of the reasons covered in this book. I am looking forward to reading this as a source of encouragement to hang in there for the cause. Keep up the good work with this promotion!

  2. I read with acute focus. This book is essential for parents and extremely important for Americans who care about the country, now and in the future. Sincere Gratitude for the authors.

  3. We need to know more about the real publoc school in our country.
    This book will give us more wisdom to protect our kids.

  4. THIS BOOK IS THE WORST CRITIQUE OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM I HAVE EVER READ! I completely agree with the fact that the public school system is imperfect. However, the way this book tries to prove that point, it takes extreme measures. For one it includes a bunch of closed minded parents who do not want to open up their children’s mind. Second it is not open to change. Many public school teachers try to be creative with how they teach their children, because this generation is different and has a much lower attention span. These parents just reject every effort of the teachers to give their children quality education. I do not recommend anyone to read this book it is a complete waste of time. Some parts of it will make you laugh to how extreme it is.

  5. I recommend that everyone read Salwa Barhumi’s review, then read From Crayons To Condoms. Barhumi’s post is indicitave of the mindset prevalent within the public school system: “We know what’s better for (fill in the blank)”. While it is Barhumi’s right to express an opinion (albeit sans facts), I find the insistance of “trust me – you don’t need to read this” to be intellectually dishonest. I can’t help but wonder if that tactic was learned in the public educa… uh, public endoctrination system. Read the book and decide for yourself.

    The only disagreement of From Crayons To Condoms I have is of the book’s critique of Lois Lowrey’s The Giver. When I read it, The Giver did not champion euthanasia, but warned of the hazards of a society in which all needs are provided for you by society itself. The Giver should be a companion volume to Mrs. Clinton’s It Takes A Village.

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