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Gay-Friendly Curriculum Sparks Lawsuit From Parents

The decision by a California school district to introduce gay-friendly curriculum has been met with a not-so-friendly reaction. Parents are suing the Alameda Unified School district, alleging that inappropriate curriculum is being forced on their children.

Once a year, students in kindergarten through the fifth grade would be taught about LBGT issues. Kindergartners would learn about the harm caused by teasing or using the word "fag," while older students would learn about stereotypes based on sexual orientation. Certain parents are particularly upset because they would not be allowed to opt their children out of the lesson.

Do you agree with teaching students at school to be more tolerant, or should these lessons be learned at home?

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Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 6 years
if parents can opt out, whats to loose?? Imagine if Children had just 1 extra class every day of kindergarn-graduation squeezed in that reinforced these important life lessons - Accepting everyone for who they are and not discrimintating race or...gender preferences -How to be healthy and why we its so important I also think that ALL girls should take a class before entering Elementary School about being fit and accepting everyones different shapes and to love them, including your own. If these things were taught at a young age, I KNOW for a fact, and you do too, that Racisim, Obesity, Eating Disorders, and NOT accepting people for who they are, would go down. Not disapeer, but we would see less of it...
Run2bfree067 Run2bfree067 6 years
if parents can opt out, whats to loose?? Imagine if Children had just 1 extra class every day of kindergarn-graduation squeezed in that reinforced these important life lessons- Accepting everyone for who they are and not discrimintating race or...gender preferences-How to be healthy and why we its so importantI also think that ALL girls should take a class before entering Elementary School about being fit and accepting everyones different shapes and to love them, including your own. If these things were taught at a young age, I KNOW for a fact, and you do too, that Racisim, Obesity, Eating Disorders, and NOT accepting people for who they are, would go down. Not disapeer, but we would see less of it...
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
It should NEVER be up to the schools to teach this kind of acceptance. I think when you bring up gay people to children the question of religion will always come up. Such as, a child may ask "if God says that it's not right for men to be with other men, then does that men God hates them or will never forgive them for being together." That's why I also think that speaking anything about accepting being gay or any other things relating to that should be left up to the parent. People have different religious beliefs and it is up to the parents to explain what their particular belief wants them to believe. And who knows why gay people are what they are.
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
It should NEVER be up to the schools to teach this kind of acceptance.I think when you bring up gay people to children the question of religion will always come up. Such as, a child may ask "if God says that it's not right for men to be with other men, then does that men God hates them or will never forgive them for being together."That's why I also think that speaking anything about accepting being gay or any other things relating to that should be left up to the parent. People have different religious beliefs and it is up to the parents to explain what their particular belief wants them to believe.And who knows why gay people are what they are.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
To Hazeem ... Apparently you are not reading properly. Many parents are not ok with homosexuality being taught in school. And by the way, no one is teaching homosexuality. They are teaching acceptance of everyone including differences such as being gay. It also has absolutely nothing to do with religion. God didn't decide someone was gay or not, nature did. And the public school system is secular. It'd be nice if they remembered that! As for their president, again only some disapprove (and for a dumb reason too, I might add).
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
To Hazeem ...Apparently you are not reading properly. Many parents are not ok with homosexuality being taught in school. And by the way, no one is teaching homosexuality. They are teaching acceptance of everyone including differences such as being gay.It also has absolutely nothing to do with religion. God didn't decide someone was gay or not, nature did.And the public school system is secular. It'd be nice if they remembered that!As for their president, again only some disapprove (and for a dumb reason too, I might add).
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
@#2: I've been having "anti-racism" classes for as long as I can remember (though, they almost felt racist with the amount of "political correctness" my teachers had to use). I grew up in a town that had a black population you could count on one hand, and a hispanic population you could count on two, so the "anti-racism" classes were pretty important. Though, back to the topic... I think sexuality is a very personal thing and it would be great if we didn't have to have classes about it (I mean, is it REALLY that obvious if someone's gay or not?), however, in our current culture it is REALLY important. I came pretty close to screaming at one of my best friends when she (in her Church-camp induced hyper-religious-ness) basically told me that all gay and lesbian people should be forced to remain celibate, marry people merely because they are the opposite gender, and have most of their sexual and love-rights taken away because her religion doesn't agree with it (...I got pretty mad, a lot of my really good friends are gay/lesbian/bi/transgender and I joined the LGBTQA club in high school, participate in drag shows, am in a Rocky Horror cast, etc.). And with people being conditioned to think like that, I think it's really important for people to have manditory alternative views on it. And while this IS personal, I don't think that parents should be able to let their kids opt out of it, nor should schools leave it to the parents to teach kids about it. It would be ridiculous to even suggest that someone be able to opt out of a "racial tolerance" class, or a "religious tolerance" class, and I think too many of the parents that wouldn't let their kids take the classes would just teach them things like "homosexuals are sinners and don't deserve rights" and the like. I mean, it's what kids are learning from their parents right now. I come from a pretty liberal and not-religious family and I was rather shocked to hear one of my aunts going on about a trans-gender teacher that is now at her old high school almost as if she was sub-human or it somehow compromised her ability to teach math.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
@#2: I've been having "anti-racism" classes for as long as I can remember (though, they almost felt racist with the amount of "political correctness" my teachers had to use). I grew up in a town that had a black population you could count on one hand, and a hispanic population you could count on two, so the "anti-racism" classes were pretty important.Though, back to the topic...I think sexuality is a very personal thing and it would be great if we didn't have to have classes about it (I mean, is it REALLY that obvious if someone's gay or not?), however, in our current culture it is REALLY important. I came pretty close to screaming at one of my best friends when she (in her Church-camp induced hyper-religious-ness) basically told me that all gay and lesbian people should be forced to remain celibate, marry people merely because they are the opposite gender, and have most of their sexual and love-rights taken away because her religion doesn't agree with it (...I got pretty mad, a lot of my really good friends are gay/lesbian/bi/transgender and I joined the LGBTQA club in high school, participate in drag shows, am in a Rocky Horror cast, etc.). And with people being conditioned to think like that, I think it's really important for people to have manditory alternative views on it.And while this IS personal, I don't think that parents should be able to let their kids opt out of it, nor should schools leave it to the parents to teach kids about it. It would be ridiculous to even suggest that someone be able to opt out of a "racial tolerance" class, or a "religious tolerance" class, and I think too many of the parents that wouldn't let their kids take the classes would just teach them things like "homosexuals are sinners and don't deserve rights" and the like. I mean, it's what kids are learning from their parents right now. I come from a pretty liberal and not-religious family and I was rather shocked to hear one of my aunts going on about a trans-gender teacher that is now at her old high school almost as if she was sub-human or it somehow compromised her ability to teach math.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I'm from Germany, they teach about LGBT issues from second grade on. I don't think it has hurt anyone.
untitled1 untitled1 6 years
This should definitely be taught in schools. Just because parents should teach their children tolerance doesn't mean they do. You can dramatically tell the difference between me and my half sister because I was raised by my mother and she was raised by our father who is an intolerant, homophobic, racist.
dani17731 dani17731 6 years
YES, this should be taught in schools, but I agree with some of the other posters that it should just be brought up in Health or Sex-Ed, and not so much be an entire course or unit. I went to a private Catholic school 2nd-4th grade and my religion teacher was a lesbian. She taught us that being gay was a religion. (true story) This type of twisted misinformation can lead some to become homophobic because all they're taught at home is the same twisted weirdness that I was taught. Thank God my parents taught me better. However, as a future teacher, I would expect an astronomical amount of issues with the curriculum.
dani17731 dani17731 6 years
YES, this should be taught in schools, but I agree with some of the other posters that it should just be brought up in Health or Sex-Ed, and not so much be an entire course or unit.I went to a private Catholic school 2nd-4th grade and my religion teacher was a lesbian. She taught us that being gay was a religion. (true story)This type of twisted misinformation can lead some to become homophobic because all they're taught at home is the same twisted weirdness that I was taught. Thank God my parents taught me better.However, as a future teacher, I would expect an astronomical amount of issues with the curriculum.
richkidblues richkidblues 6 years
I'm all for it as well. I think that it's a good thing to teach children at such a young age. Its teaching children acceptance of others. I'm 100% for gay marriage and equal opportunities for all. I believe the only parents that will have a problem with this curriculum will be the ones who wont teach their children about this sort of acceptance at home (extreme right-wing, homophobes, bigots etc) I live in Canada and it seems we dont have as much of an issue with gay rights as alot of the American population does.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 6 years
Im all for it dont get me wrong, I love gay people, but arent these years a little young for them to grasp the real concept of why there might be hate in the first place, its kind of like white washing over it. you wouldnt teach your kid sex ed at these ages so why bring this up to them at these ages, i think its an awesome idea but i dont think its an awesome idea for this age group honestly.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I reckon this should fit into sex education. I mean love is love right? Why is someone falling in love so wrong? I reckon that if this was taught in sex ed then LGBTI people could learn that it's not something thats "strange" or "wierd" and how to indulge in safe sex with a person of the same gender. Keeping it broad is a good idea, and teaching tolerance for all walks of life is even better.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I reckon this should fit into sex education. I mean love is love right? Why is someone falling in love so wrong? I reckon that if this was taught in sex ed then LGBTI people could learn that it's not something thats "strange" or "wierd" and how to indulge in safe sex with a person of the same gender.Keeping it broad is a good idea, and teaching tolerance for all walks of life is even better.
zeze zeze 6 years
Unlike race and diversity classes, there are religious implications here. I agree with hypno, there should be broad tolerance and acceptance classes, without promoting certain beliefs and lifestyles.
michelleyk michelleyk 6 years
I'm a teacher, and I don't consider this a "gay-friendly" curriculum, but a simple statement of the obvious. I don't permit my students to use "that's so gay" or "fag" in my classroom, in the same way that "retard" is unacceptable. If these things come up, its just a teachable moment. The classroom environment is very important to whether and how students learn, and ALL students have to feel safe to learn. Otherwise, by accepting discrimination and derogatory comments, you create a hostile learning environment, which gets THE TEACHER in trouble. This just seems like a more formal structure than what teachers do automatically in their classroom. It probably originated due to a lawsuit that occured because someone was discriminated against in the classroom. LGBT students are protected, and have every legal right to feel safe in the classroom. If they are not protected, the school can (and often is) then sued.
ali321 ali321 6 years
Maybe there should just be a class that teaches tolerance of all people. But I still think its sad or even a bit odd that they would have a class on it. It should just be taught at home. I understand that doesn't always happen. I feel like if the class was a little more general maybe more people would be okay with it. How can anyone be against teaching kids to respect each other? I guess there are some who would be. What's so wrong with saying "Hey kids everybody is different, but that's okay. And at least in school it's our policy to respect everyone as equal." I don't know. Something like that. I'm all for tolerance and I think that should include sexual, racial, religious, personal style, pretty much everything. But not everyone thinks that way. I say it should be done in a way that most people will be okay with.
ali321 ali321 6 years
Maybe there should just be a class that teaches tolerance of all people. But I still think its sad or even a bit odd that they would have a class on it. It should just be taught at home. I understand that doesn't always happen. I feel like if the class was a little more general maybe more people would be okay with it. How can anyone be against teaching kids to respect each other? I guess there are some who would be. What's so wrong with saying "Hey kids everybody is different, but that's okay. And at least in school it's our policy to respect everyone as equal." I don't know. Something like that. I'm all for tolerance and I think that should include sexual, racial, religious, personal style, pretty much everything. But not everyone thinks that way. I say it should be done in a way that most people will be okay with.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I think it's one of those things that should be incorporated into every day speak, other lessons, subjects etc. It doesn't have to be a separate lesson all on it's own. It could be taught in schools and it should be taught at home. I just don't see how teaching tolerance of any kind is a bad thing.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I think it's one of those things that should be incorporated into every day speak, other lessons, subjects etc. It doesn't have to be a separate lesson all on it's own. It could be taught in schools and it should be taught at home.I just don't see how teaching tolerance of any kind is a bad thing.
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