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Gay and Lesbian Day of Silence 2010

Here we go again! For those of you not privileged to be acquainted with the annual event, let me give you some details about the Gay and Lesbian Day of Silence for 2010. Our friends at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) have chosen April 16, 2010 as a day to raise awareness about the problem of harassment towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. The short story is that students nationwide are encouraged to remain silent during the school day, and this somehow is supposed to help other students stop bullying.

As an educator, let me be the first to say that any kind of bullying or hate speech should be banned at public schools. But, is this really what the day is about? And, is this the best way to do it? The answer to both questions – NO! What on the surface appears to be a day to raise awareness of bullying in actuality is a day to promote homosexuality in schools. GLSEN wants your children and mine to accept their belief that homosexuality is normal and those who oppose it on moral grounds are prejudiced. Sorry, I don’t buy it!

See my previous post here for a sample lesson plan from GLSEN.

For more information about the Day of Silence, see this report from Fox News or this one from Focus on the Family.

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Governor’s New Attack On Education

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Schwarzenegger Proposes Five Fewer School Days

In a move that further demonstrates his misplaced priorities, Governor Schwarzenegger announced his brilliant plan to balance the budget –
shorten the school year by 5 days!

Governor, have you visited any schools lately? No, not the ones your children attend – the ones in downtown Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco. The students are struggling to stay on grade level, despite the best efforts of parents and teachers. Speak to teachers! What I hear universally is the comment, “If I only had more time!” We need MORE time with these students, not less. Extend the school day, extend the school year, then pay us teachers what we’re worth! We’ll show you results!

We are educating California’s future leaders. They can save this great state, but they need the knowledge and the education to do it. We teachers can give it to them, IF you give us the respect and time we need. Please, leave these children out of your budget crisis – they didn’t cause the problem, so stop making them pay to fix it.

“Gay Issues” Curriculum for Kindergarteners?

Elementary School Teachers Join Day Without A Gay

You may have heard that this Wednesday, many gays and their supporters are calling in sick to show how much they will be missed as an integral part of the work force. Sounds peaceful enough, and if that’s how they want to raise awareness, I say that’s much better than vandalizing churches, harassing Prop 8 donors, or calling me a racist bigot. But, did you hear what some Philadelphia elementary school teachers are going to do during their day off? Read this excerpt from the Boston Herald:

Scott Craig, a fifth-grade teacher at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia, had no problem requesting and being granted the day off. So many of the school’s 60 teachers were eager to show support for gay rights they had to make sure enough stayed behind to staff classrooms.

About 25 teachers plan to take Wednesday off and to have their work covered by substitutes while they discuss ways to INTRODUCE GAY ISSUES to their students and volunteer at the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, Craig said. A letter telling parents why so many teachers would be out went home Monday.

Does anyone still believe that gay marriage will not be taught to kindergartners? It’s only a matter of time. . .

Shame on you, you Heterosexist!

Teaching Intolerance through Tolerance Education

One of the major developers of curriculum for schools about gay issues is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network GLSEN. One of their programs for schools is called Safe Space. On the surface, this program sounds great. According to the Program Introduction, the goal of the program is to shape a school culture that is accepting of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or other differences. Now, who wouldn’t want that? But, the problem is that while affirming the rights of gays and lesbians, it preaches against those who may feel differently about homosexuality due to personal or religious beliefs. A classic example is the activity on page 30 of the program called Terminology Match Up. One of the terms students and teachers are asked to define is heterosexism. GLSEN defines heterosexism as a bias against homosexuality rooted in the belief that heterosexuality is superior or the norm..

Do you see the hypocrisy? For gay activists like those who wrote this curriculum, it’s not enough to be tolerant of all people’s gender or sexual identity. They are only satisfied if we wholeheartedly endorse theirs. So, how do you think a little Catholic girl would feel in such an activity? I can hear her now, Teacher, but my church taught me that homosexuality is wrong. Sorry, responds the teacher, your church is teaching you to be a heterosexist, and that’s bad!

Please don’t misunderstand me. I have NO tolerance for hateful speech or actions against the gay community. But, where is the reciprocation for the religious community? I’m still waiting.

For a more detailed definition of heterosexism, including how gays are using it to fight traditional marriage, click here

Faith Ringgold School

Why Are You Teaching GLSEN Curriculum?

Back near the end of October, I posted a link to the story School Holds Surprise Gay Day for Kindergartners. This news article details the homosexual indoctrination at Faith Ringgold School in Hayward, California, disguised as tolerance education. Some gay activists are “calling foul”. Show Me No Hate:commented on this blog saying,This has nothing to do about the promotion of Homosexuality, the gay lifestyle or even sex-ed. This is about tolerance and diversity folks, which the last time I checked my calendar its 2008 and teaching both tolerance and diversity are key elements in a secular American Education System.

Oh really? What have the experts said about the curriculum being taught at Faith Ringgold and other schools like it? See this critical review from Warren Throckmorton, PhD, Gary Welton, PhD, and Mike Ingram. In this 24 page document, the reviewers analyzed the curriculum created by the Gay Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Here is the summary of their findings:

  1. The curriculum was quite focused on presenting a favorable view of same-sex marriage. No opposing views were offered, nor were any such views included in the handouts or suggested teacher resources for classroom use.
  2. The curriculum frequently suggested the use of coercive methods to persuade students toward a favorable view of same-sex marriage.
  3. The curriculum authors often took liberties with the facts concerning same-sex unions. While much of the content was presented as fact, there were very few references given to support the material presented.
  4. Some very controversial issues and matters of debate within the psychological and medical communities were presented as settled facts.
  5. The curriculum was lengthy and would be quite impractical to implement at any level in a high school program.

The reviewers ended with this statement,

We have documented that the GLSEN curriculum is biased, coercive, inaccurate and misleading on many points and impractical in implementation. For these reasons, we respectfully suggest that school districts not use these materials for classroom instruction. We also feel that the presentation and resources are so biased that they are ineffective as background materials or as a teacher resource.

So my question to Faith Ringgold School – Why are you still teaching GLSEN curriculum?

Go here to read the entire article: Critical Review of the GLSEN Same-Sex “Marriage” Curriculum