Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Problems in the Classroom: Teaching Children to be Nice to LGBTQ Students and their Families

On Pam's House Blend, I found this fascinating article in which the "golden rule," a.k.a, do unto others as you would want them to do to you," being challenged in re: to LGBTQ kids and families.

Here's the article:

A lawsuit in California that was filed last month by angry parents who object to a gay-friendly curriculum they say is being foisted on kindergartners could well become a test case for schools around the country.

Parents in the Alameda Unified School District were refused the right to excuse their kids from classes that would teach all kids in the district's elementary schools about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alternative families.

The parents say they are concerned about "indoctrination" in the schools, but administrators say the course is needed to protect against sexual discrimination — and that the lessons are protected by laws in California and 10 other states.

Those states, which stretch from Washington to Maine, will now be eyeing the court results in California in a case that warring sides say pits parents' rights against a schools' responsibilities.

Imagine! A gay friendly curriculum! Oh the horrors!

In a world in which we need to learn to get along for the good of the earth, the communities in which we live, and for our families, I found this a sad commentary on the state of where we are in welcoming all into our lives.

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