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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Welcome CNN viewers

If you are here to comment about my bill regarding the teaching of homosexuality to young children please feel free AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE POST BELOW.

While I appreciate your coming to my blog and your desire to comment I will state up front I feel it is a parents responsibility to decide when a child is ready to grasp such a complex issue as sexuality and what they want to tell the child about that complex subject.

All children develop mentally at different rates. I do not feel a teacher with an agenda (Be it pro or con) is the appropriate person to decide "Now is the time" for an entire class just because they may think one way or another on an issue and want to espouse it. I doubt any people in opposition to the my bill would want a teacher who said "Homosexuality is evil, dirty and wrong" just because the teacher felt it was appropriate and that is what they thought the children needed and were ready to hear.

I only mention homosexuality in the bill because there is not a need for homosexuality to be mentioned in regard to teaching the basics of reproduction (XY chromosomes etc.) heterosexuality is.

Will this stop anti bullying legislation we already passed? No. I co sponsored the anti bullying legislation that passed a few years ago. The golden rule is still in effect no matter what the issue of bullying is.

We are falling behind the rest of the world in math, science, and English amongst
other things. This will be just one less issue teachers have to worry about teaching as part of their curricula. Schools should not turn into social petri dishes. Teach the basics and leave the social issues to the families to decide the what and when.

6 comments:

  1. I understand the logic behind continuing to allow heterosexual discussions because they are necessary to facilitate communication on reproduction, however I fail to see the connection in allowing discrimination of other types of sexuality completely. Perhaps a re-wording would be more sufficient. Instead of completely cutting off homosexuality, perhaps suggest that it may only be discussed in appropriate venues, such as sex education. Or make heterosexuality equally as illegally except when teaching about reproduction. Keeping heterosexuality a legal discussion makes it okay for teachers to not only teach about how a baby is created, but also that the only appropriate family is a man, woman, and child, which is not true in the 21st century. By excluding homosexuality, teachers are unable to offer during that particular lesson (concerning family structure) other variations of family, such as two men and a child or two women and a child. If family structure is not meant to be discussed for reproduction lessons, perhaps you should make a bill about that, and not one that perpetuates that idea that heterosexuality is the only sexuality in the world today.

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  2. Look, banning it will increase bullying, I see it first hand. Being a teen I already see how bullying someone on their sexuality works, and it usually ends up in someone harming his or herself. Not talking about these issues is wrong, as some parents discriminate against the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. I understand you are saying that you are being neutral, but I just don't feel that you are. Honestly, if you were truly neutral, you would made the bill circumstance specific.

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  3. Teachers are hired to educate. With any topic, there will always be more than one point of view. Teachers who feel the need to endorse one belief over another, regardless of the subject matter should leave the profession. Education needs to evolve to embrace the world as it changes. Tolerance and acceptance today more than ever, should be embraced. People in authority who use their position to discriminate, hold back or imply people different from themselves are not equal need to be challenged by all of us. Nazi Germany outlawed certain teachings in school. Once the door opens, when does it close and who has the power to close it? It is a dangerous road for a country that prides itself on "Freedom".

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  4. I have a question for you. I'm speaking as the dad of two teens. They are not mine by birth but their father and I have been together since they were small and I consider them my own. I just want to know if our kids are still allowed to mention us at school under your proposed legislation. We hope so because we are very proud of them and go to their school functions as a couple, not a loud and flamboyant couple at all but still a couple. Most of the time nobody really cares though many like us. We have had few instances when other parents were upset. It was sad since we were just there to see our daughter's band performance but had to put up with a man asking us gross questions. It was sad too he really didn't understand. He was not informed at all. I am sad to think if a student overheard him especially one who is LGBTQ!

    But I am probably digressing there. If you are just talking about sex education classes I still do not see what is wrong with reminding all kids that they need to be safe no matter what. Gay men having anonymous sex are not the only ones who can spread AIDS and hepatitis etc through anal intercourse after all and they are not the only ones who ever hurt themselves. I don't think anyone is asking every teacher to grade the kids based on how accepting they are of the LGBTQ population. I think some of us are just worried as we know how little education we got growing up and know how bad so many of our straight or not straight peers did without better info. I know the parents should be teaching this at home and kids should wait until they're mature enough but that is not what they ARE doing and acting like it's not happening is not working.

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  5. My bill only deals with what is taught or supplied in k-8.

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  6. As a graduate of Memphis City Schools, I have no idea what this law is legislating against. I've never encountered any of the so-called 'activist' teachers you speak of. Who do you think the teachers are? My math teachers taught me math. My science teachers taught me science. In English we only read coming of age novels in middle school. We never stopped class to have a gay pride party where we passed out Liberace shaped cookies and watched Brokeback Mountain. There weren't many discussions of homosexuality in middle school, and absolutely none in elementary school. But to prevent teachers from speaking about it is irresponsible. Who are you to foresee that all conversations regarding homosexuality are unproductive? What about children raised by gay families? Or children who don't have parents to teach them about the issues? I understand your point about needing to stick to the lesson plan, but to cut off avenues of conversation in a classroom and restrict the range of a debate in say, English or social studies, especially in middle school, is to do a disservice to our children.

    But if you're going to legislate against people coming into the public school system and telling kids about sexuality, you also need to legislate against the abstinence lady that came to speak to us in 6th grade to tell us that condoms didn't work and in fact made kids more likely to get pregnant (it happened). That lesson taught wonders to the 15 year old single moms that were forced to drop out of high school to take care of there kids.

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