Archive for the ‘Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network’ Tag
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.
This post was written a year ago to discuss the 2009 Day of Silence.
Click here for info on Day of Silence 2010.
Coming soon to a school near you – students refusing to speak for a day, and teachers encouraging it! If it sounds too ridiculous to be true, then you don’t know the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. On April 17th, GLSEN is encouraging middle schoolers and high schoolers to stay silent to bring attention to “anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.” If it sounds innocuous to you, then you are unfamiliar with the GLSEN’s tactics and curriculum. (See my earlier post about one of their lessons here.) The goal, make no mistake about it, is to silence those who oppose homosexuality on moral grounds.
And, trying to strengthen their clout, activists have proposed Congressional Resolution 92, which would, according to Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, request “that the president issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the National Day of Silence with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities.”
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
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:
- 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.
- The curriculum frequently suggested the use of coercive methods to persuade students toward a favorable view of same-sex marriage.
- 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.
- Some very controversial issues and matters of debate within the psychological and medical communities were presented as settled facts.
- 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
This article from Fox News gives some updated information on the pledge cards that kindergartners were asked to sign as part of Faith Ringgold School’s celebration of National Ally Week. The cards asked students to promise, “not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts.” This activity was one of many that happened as a celebration of Gay and Lesbian History month. Students also had a “Coming Out Day” and later will participate in a “Trans-Action Gender-Bender Read Aloud”. See the original article here:School Holds Surprise Gay Day
Are these appropriate activities for elementary school students? Of course not. So, why did they happen? In my opinion, this has a direct relation to the California Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The ruling sent a message to school districts, although implicit, that same-sex marriage is now equal to traditional marriage in California. As we have seen here and at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco (First Graders Attend Lesbian Wedding), some of California’s more liberal educators are jumping at the chance to teach students about homosexuality. In the name of tolerance, they are biasing young minds into believing that homosexuality is normal and should be accepted as such. Therefore, gay marriage must be normal as well.
Why hasn’t this happened in more schools? I believe most school leaders are wiser than these, so they are waiting for the results of Tuesday’s election. If Proposition 8 fails, then school leaders that already want to teach same-sex issues in elementary schools will go ahead. When confronted by disgruntled parents, they have only to say that it is California law, so why not teach it?
Please, consider the consequences of approving same-sex marriage in California. It hasn’t happened yet, but as an educator, I tell you, it’s only a matter of time. The curriculum has already been created by groups like the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and New Day Films Many teachers already feel that this is an important topic for youngsters, comparing it to the civil rights movement of the sixties. What’s left? Only for Proposition 8 to fail. Please vote Yes on Proposition 8. Let’s keep discussions of sexual preference out of elementary schools.