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Obama's Education Secretary Supports Gay High Schools

Obama's Education Secretary Supports Gay High Schools

Yesterday Obama announced Arne Duncan, head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary. With the reputation of a tough, results-gettin' reformer and an agenda to make schools so competitive you'll think you're in a Korean prep school, his appointment on paper sounds like an A. Minus.

He chilled his reputation in the Windy City this Fall with the proposal of a gay-friendly school. Not surprisingly, it was met with resistance. After a few edits — sexual orientation — he reproposed it as a safe haven for all bullied students. But at the last minute he withdrew the plan, promising a revised version next year.

Opposition came not only from social conservatives but also from liberals and, let's be inclusive, moderate conservatives who called it segregation. And right, I get it. At first light, it does sound like a plan to hoard gay teens in a separate school lined with rainbow-colored lockers; however, after reading about New York City's gay high school, I decided it's not. To find out why,

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Not every, or even close to every, gay teen will attend a gay-friendly school. They are for teens who are ostracized by families and peers, often homeless, and more likely to drop out. More Rickie from My So-Called Life and less (OK way less) Eric van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. It's nothing more than a niche school for at-risk students, like schools for pregnant teens and young mothers, as a part of the increasing trend to break large schools down to small, specialized ones that better serve communities.

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
And no it isn't a real movie. Adam Carolla does these things where he creates plot lines. And they just kind of flow and add things on as they go. But it does sound a little familiar to "She's the Man" But not quite. I would love to see that movie come to fruition though
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"I agree with Hypno that there should be a zero tolerance for bullying, period. How many kids drop out of school, or begin to use drugs to escape from the reality of their bullied existance?" Probably the same number of kids how turn to drugs because they don't have the mental capabilities to handle disappointment.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"I agree with Hypno that there should be a zero tolerance for bullying, period. How many kids drop out of school, or begin to use drugs to escape from the reality of their bullied existance?"Probably the same number of kids how turn to drugs because they don't have the mental capabilities to handle disappointment.
krae85 krae85 7 years
Vanilla J, I hear where you're coming from. once the segregation begins, where does it end? And who's to say this new school (if the proposal had passed) wouldn't have it's own bullying? It isn't a permanent answer really, just a band-aid, and I believe the srticle said it would accept not just gay students but any student who felt bullied. Also, I know it's cliche when people say they aren't against a certain group of people because they have friends who fall into that demographic, but honestly, they're just trying to relate and aren't sure what other avenue to do that by. So cut them a little slack, they're trying.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 7 years
I agree with Hypno that there should be a zero tolerance for bullying, period. How many kids drop out of school, or begin to use drugs to escape from the reality of their bullied existance?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LOL! Jude you're crazy.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LOL! Jude you're crazy.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"I'm not against homosexuality because a lot of my friends are gays.":ROTFL:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"I'm not against homosexuality because a lot of my friends are gays." :ROTFL:
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 7 years
I also think that by doing this, they are differentiating the gay people and making larger gaps. If liberals really think sexual orientation is not a big deal, then have those kids deal with the reality. Fat kids get bullied all the time, but no one has come up with Obese High School. Kids with acne, kids who are awkward, and maybe sometimes kids who are minorities can get bullied, but no one comes up with special schools for them, so why gay school? Let's all start labeling everyone and segregate them! Doesn't that sound so wonderful and liberal? protecting everyone so no one has to be bullied when everyone gets bullied at least once in their lifetime.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 7 years
This is a bunch of bollocks really - a joke. It's really going too far. I'm not against homosexuality because a lot of my friends are gays. However, if I have a child who is gay, there's no way I'd ever send my child to a gay school. Everyone goes through tough times during high school, and that's how you learn and mature. I don't understand why they are trying to be so protective of everyone. Life is hard - deal with it!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Oh I see where you're coming from now. IMO zero tolerance doesn't have to mean expulsion. Zero tolerance simply means nipping it in the butt at every (noticed) instance. The punishment however can be one or a variety of things but I don't believe that bullies should be expelled. That's just waisting a child.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
What I'm saying is that when rules are made, the reasoning portion goes out the window. Let's take the zero tolerance policy on all weapons that came into effect after the Columbine massacre. Good kids were expelled for carrying pocket knives (less than 1" in length) that they used to trim the bows of their violin. Where was the reasoning there? I'm opposed to anything that is "zero tolerance".
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Are you kidding me? You're telling me that an educated sane adult who is trained to deal with children will not be able to make that determination. Well then I say God help all.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
The problem with that is how do you enforce it? What is considered "bullying", and what isn't?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
This is interesting, I don't like it. Because IMO it won't change the end result which is bullying. If a gay teen moves to a gay school they may not be bullied for being (gay) but trust honey young gays can be just as if not more vicious to each other than any homophobe short of gay bashing of course. I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy to get in the midst of those claws, lol. I'll tell you what how about a zero tolerance for bullying nation wide. Seems like it makes sense to me, that way we kill all birds with one stone.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
This is interesting, I don't like it. Because IMO it won't change the end result which is bullying. If a gay teen moves to a gay school they may not be bullied for being (gay) but trust honey young gays can be just as if not more vicious to each other than any homophobe short of gay bashing of course. I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy to get in the midst of those claws, lol. I'll tell you what how about a zero tolerance for bullying nation wide. Seems like it makes sense to me, that way we kill all birds with one stone.
krae85 krae85 7 years
agreed, Mich.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Also, this portion of the site used to have a little more thought and professionalism in the articles. It's alright to still come here for the conversations but point out that the articles themselves are dragging. For example, I don't think I can stand to see another post about President Bush and shoes.
foxie foxie 7 years
Linda- Because it has potential to be an awesome site. If we don't criticize, how will it ever improve and reach its potential?Seems reasonable enough to me.
foxie foxie 7 years
Linda- Because it has potential to be an awesome site. If we don't criticize, how will it ever improve and reach its potential? Seems reasonable enough to me.
stephley stephley 7 years
I like the site, just couldn't make heads or tails of the post.
stephley stephley 7 years
I like the site, just couldn't make heads or tails of the post.
krae85 krae85 7 years
I think I've agreed to everything Jude has said today, lol. It's scary that our schools are so behind! When are we going to fix our academic system?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I confess to being far more interested in his academic reforms than this manufactured controversy over the gay high school. The American educational system really needs a kick in the ass."Why do you bother to keep coming back?"Because we like this site. One doesn't have to be 100% adoring of everything on this site all the time to like it and enjoy posting here.
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