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Gay Curriculum Proposal Riles Elementary School Parents

If the GLBT crowd wonder why they experience bias, this is a good reason. If public schools can teach this, why does abstinence teaching grab so much vitriol from the very same crowd? That being good for the goose and that of the gander comes to mind....

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521209,00.html

Friday, May 22, 2009
By Katie Landan

A group of parents in a California school district say they are being bullied by school administrators into accepting a new curriculum that addresses bullying, respect and acceptance -- and that includes compulsory lessons about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that will be taught to children as young as 5 years old.

The parents from the Unified School District in Alameda, a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland, say these issues are best learned at home and most definitely are not age-appropriate for elementary school children.

The parents are also angry that they will not be allowed to keep their children out of the classes.

“I believe these children are far too young to be learning about what these issues mean,” said Alaina Stewart, who has three children who attend elementary school in Alameda. “These are adult issues and they are being thrust upon the children.”

But the school board says otherwise, and its attorneys say that if the curriculum is adopted, the parents will have no legal right to remove their children from class when the lessons are being taught.

"By not allowing kids to opt out," says David Kirwin, who has two children in the system, "the school district is violating a First Amendment right for those who have a religion that doesn't support homosexuality."

The proposed curriculum will include a 45-minute LGBT lesson, once a year from kindergarten through fifth grade. The kindergartners will focus on the harms of teasing, while the fifth graders will study sexual orientation stereotypes.

The move toward the new curriculum began two years ago, when teachers noticed that even kindergarten students were using derogatory words about sexuality, such as “fag.”

“Students reported feeling bullied,” said Kirsten Vital, superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District. “This work is in response to teachers asking for tools to combat name-calling and bullying at school.”

Among the course materials that could be added to the curriculum is "And Tango Makes Three," a children’s book about gay penguins struggling to create a family. The book has been banned in some areas of the country.

In response to the controversy surrounding the proposed curriculum, the school board has held two public debates this month.

One parent told FOXNews.com an “overwhelming” majority of parents spoke out against LGBT instruction at one of the meetings, but that public opinion had little impact.

“The chairman of the school board repeatedly claimed to the audience that the curriculum is evenly supported and opposed,” said a parent named David, who asked that his last name be withheld.

“I am beginning to lose confidence of the board, as it seems to have a preconceived political agenda and not truly represent their constituent’s opposition to the curriculum,” he said.

But other parents say they are in full support of the proposed curriculum.

“Our schools are a reflection of our community and world,” said Marianne Bartholomew-Couts. “From a very early age, children should see what exists in the world.”

Michael Williams, another parent, thinks LGBT issues will come up anyway, and that teachers should be prepared. “The teachers would have the tools under the new curriculum to help kids respond appropriately,” he said.

California is no stranger to the controversy surrounding gay issues. Last November, voters passed Proposal 8, which overturned a Supreme Court ruling and banned gay marriage in the state.

The situation in Alameda is no different from the statewide ballot initiative: it has caught the attention of several organizations on both sides of the issue.

Ryan Schwartz, National Outreach Manager for GroundSpark—a non-profit organization that seeks justice in education—told FOXNews.com that teachers are responsible for creating an environment where students can feel comfortable and learn. Teaching the golden rule won’t cut it, he said.

“Instead of having to police the schoolyard for bullying,” said Schwartz, “this curriculum is designed to prevent it from the beginning.”

But other groups think the new curriculum is not balanced in whom it protects.

“Under law, there are five categories of protected classes when it comes to discrimination,” explained Karen England, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Resource Institute, an organization that advocates conservative policy on social issues.

"The curriculum focuses on only one subgroup protected under anti-discrimination laws: sexual orientation.”

England said she believes Alameda's curriculum committee has purposely excluded religion, even though it is one of the protected classes. “This indicates an agenda is being pushed, as opposed to an altruistic attempt to teach tolerance,” she said.

Members of the school board will vote on Tuesday whether to adopt the new curriculum. Vital, the superintendent, would not comment on the expected outcome.

“No matter what the outcome is, we need to do some work as a community to come together around issues of diversity, acceptance and understanding of one another,” she said.

Samples of the curriculum can be found at http://groundspark.org/our-films-and-campaigns/thatfamily and http://www.eqforall.com/proposed-lgbt-curriculum.html.


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  • We live in the age of stupidity. Morons are running our education system, and they're more interested with sociopolitical indoctrination and inculcation than they are in teaching. This is why America has the 2nd most expensive education system in the world, and yet these idiots churn out graduates who are imbued with ridiculous political ideology like good trained drones, but can barely read their diploma when it's handed to them.

    Private school your children if you can. Don't let these morons More..

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  • This is indoctrination not education.

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  • This whole thing is in response to kids getting bullied? What? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I experienced kids being bullied all the time in school and never once did it have anything to do with the fact that they weren't taught about homosexuality in kindergarten.

    Tolerance is a guise for tyranny. If people aren't allowed to let their kids opt out of this then that infringes upon our basic freedoms as Americans. You're gay. So what? People don't become better, more polite people More..

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  • Glad I live in New York

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  • San Fran Sicko. nuff said.

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  • Civil Rights movements have their challenges, however our culture is so screwed in the head when it comes to gender, marriage and sexuality. Who are we to teach it? We do need to teach the FACT that any two people can love each other and be together as a family in a house and work like a family. We also need to teach the fact that some people's bodies confuse male and female body parts. Lastly, we need to teach that it's okay when gay people express their born-in sexuality in their own way.
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    • I respect the fact that you teach. But I do not agree with you. And either do the any of the 17 states full of people that have voted against Gay Marriage. The handful of states that have gone behind closed doors and gotten crooked judges together to placate the Gay Mafia and overturn the laws should make everyone who believes in democracy sick. It's fine to be gay. Go be gay somewhere. But you can not force other people to your viewpoint.

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    • You can force your way to equal ground with equal footing. Our culture is all about being able to maintain a home/place to live especially with other people you love. Anything outside the American designed unit-family is made out to be frightening by our own culture (gov't, religion, hollywood, consumerism, etc). Everything boils down to gender and who we have sex with. You can explain away everything we do from those root concepts. We constantly break them down. That's why I say we are on More..

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    • Marriage has its roots in "natural law," which recognizes that the world operates by design. Heterosexual marriage, the sexual union between one man and one woman, is designed to be a perfect fit anatomically and emotionally. Same-sex sexual behavior is a distortion of design for human sexuality and denies the need for traditional avenues of procreation. So why teach 5 years old's about the distortion? Why not teach them how the body works at an appropriate time? Kindergarten is far to More..

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    • I disagree. It is not the responsibility of teachers to teach anything but approved cirriculum. Parents are responsible for teaching their children morality.

      Who the hell are you to suggest that you and the half-assed education system are somehow better qualified to instil your concept of moral compass into other people's children.

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    • To answer your question: I am someone who believes in the education system we have, so I'd expect my comments to use what we have to solve an issue...especially one related to Civil Rights.

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  • I consider public school to be child abuse..

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  • this story and the comments fail to address the pertinent issue of who is making the decisions. in my state, local school boards are elected. they answer to the majority. most often, that majority leaves it to the parents to make known to the public when the board goes awry of community standards.

    then, the public elects people who will represent the community and holds them electorally accountable.

    this story quotes an individual saying the majority opposed this, but it raises the questio More..

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  • 5 year old children do not need to be indoctrinated into the life of homosexuals.
    This is just a way of forcing acceptance of their sexual preferences onto children so they grow up approving of the gay life and nothing more.
    If they truly wanted to teach 5 yr old children that bullying is wrong, they can do it generically,
    as in bullying is wrong no matter what race, color, politics, family, sexual preferences, etc...

    I am sick of the far left and the gay community forcing their no value More..

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  • Just what the country needs is a bunch of amoral 5 year olds.
    Try watching the new cartoons created by these "artists", with your kids or grandkids..
    They are already being indoctrinated, in a sly and unobtrusive manner.

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  • What really funny is that the two male penguins broke up a year later one the more dominate male eventually ended up with a female and had another a baby penguin with her a few months later, the other male still runs around looking for another male but none seem to be interested.


    i read a follow up article about it a few months ago and thought it was funny that no media outlets mentioned that tango is now being raised by a single gay parent.

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  • Tango looks so happy he must be GAY too.

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  • before = behind
    *typing too fast*

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  • ...already also indoctrinated parents...

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  • I hate fart suckers!

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  • A difficulty is putting into words exactly what purpose you "think" sexuality serves.

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  • "By not allowing kids to opt out," says David Kirwin, who has two children in the system, "the school district is violating a First Amendment right for those who have a religion that doesn't support homosexuality."

    Hmm.What about the rights of the child who is not born with any kind of religion,but indoctrinated by his/her already parents to worship some bleeding guy on a cross who he/she will surely never see in real life.

    On the other hand he WILL surely meet gays,or tran More..

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  • This is a perfect example of the hate filled homobigot extremist movement attacking our basic human rights by criminalizing our refusal to affirm their chosen deatthstyle, and criminalizing our protection of our children from their forced political indoctrination reeducation camps.

    Homosexual are the new bullies on the block and are a menace to society.

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  • Next time homobigots spew the victim mantra of "how does what tow adults do behind closed bedroom doors affect you?! waaaaah!!!!!! Here's a perfect example of how the filthbag bigot bullies can't keep to themselves, they must rampantly, rampaging recruit, proselytize and preach their homo agenda

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