Mandatory Gay Friendly Classes in California Schools

Janet - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I just read an article from Fox.com. Below I have included some major points in the article. I am the mother of two school age children and was wondering what mothers think of this idea. So what are your thoughts moms?



"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.



The contested California curriculum includes an annual 45-minute LGBT lesson taught to kids from kindergarten through the fifth grade. The kindergartners will focus on the harms of teasing, while the fifth graders will study sexual orientation stereotypes.





FoxNews.com. (2009). Angry Parents Suing California Schools Over Mandatory Gay-Friendly Classes retrieved on September 5, 2009 from http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/ne...

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Mandi - posted on 09/08/2009

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I think if we send our kids to public schools that we are saying that we trust in them to educate our children to a certain point. Can you imagine the chaos if everyone was able to decide which parts of the day they wanted their children to particiapte in!! I think we should be advised that it's on and then if you object keep your kids out that day, but surely tolerance is something everyone should be encouraged to discuss - at home and at school.

Ilene - posted on 09/06/2009

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It should be designed as more of a different types of families exist day. Show all types of families including the typical mom-day family.

I don't understand why parents are suing over this though. The kids are going to see this as they grow up whether the parents want them to or not.

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Gail - posted on 09/13/2009

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I think its really bad. I live in England which is a complete nanny state. It angers me! I have nothing against gays and the like, but why inplant it into their young impressionable heads. If my childrens school ever do anything like that, my kids wont be attending. Let them find out for themselves about being gay and then support them?
I am sick and tired of do gooders dictating to us how we should be doing things. I really really don't want to explain to my children what being gay is. Not unless I thought they were gay or asked out right.

Mandi - posted on 09/13/2009

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I think leaving those issues until 12 is way too late! Our kids will see many different types of families and lifestyles before then and it is much better for them to have been spoken to openly about the fact that there are different ways of living early and told that it is normal, than to be put in a situation where they are inadvertently rude or offend others. For kids who may have these feelings themselves it needs to be out there - when you hear peoples coming out stories you hear that many knew in early primary that they liked the same gender. Some stories I've seen lately have kids having sex at terribly early early ages - I don't wish that for my child at all, I want her to have access to information and support so that she does not go down that path.

Trish - posted on 09/12/2009

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I believe the age group you are are talking about is too young to understand the difference in sexuallity, I think these types of subjects should be discussed at around 12 years of age. other than that I am not discriminating against a persons choice or own free will...I hope this helps!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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My girls are very good with understanding with people being different. My sister in law and my cousin are gay. They have had to deal with that from their birth. My gripe is that I do not think that this is something that should be made to sit through this. Yes tolarnce needs to be taught and yes some kids don't get that at home. Suing is not the answer. This I think is clearly a parents choice. Today it is not unusal for that type of family setting to be in the schools anyways. Heck most kids are more tolerant than most adults.

Sara - posted on 09/11/2009

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I think its a good thing... not all information our children get from their friends is correct... I have already talked to my son about people who are a little diffrent.. and i say a little diffrent i tell him that they are diffrent because they may have feelings for another person that is just like them.. and someone may have two mommies or two daddies but the kids are loved just the same...

Crystal - posted on 09/09/2009

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i think its a good idea....it needs to be started at a young age to prevent predjudice...as for leaving it to the parents, really how many parents just happen to have a conversation about gay/lesbians, especially if they do not know any....and if parents pull them out, then the kids will think their is something wrong with this and thats just not a good message to be sending to your children

Teresa - posted on 09/09/2009

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Let's put it another way if we can't have religion in schools the no we are not teaching alt.lifestyles!

Mandi - posted on 09/09/2009

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Morals should come from home, I agree with Angie there, but schools also have a role to play, particularly for those who aren't getting positive influences from home. We can't assume everyone is promoting tolerance, healthy eating , exercise and all those other values etc.

Angie - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Mandi:

I think if we send our kids to public schools that we are saying that we trust in them to educate our children to a certain point. Can you imagine the chaos if everyone was able to decide which parts of the day they wanted their children to particiapte in!! I think we should be advised that it's on and then if you object keep your kids out that day, but surely tolerance is something everyone should be encouraged to discuss - at home and at school.


I totally agree with your when it comes to the basics of education but when they are talking about morals and values, that is something best left to parents.  

Angie - posted on 09/07/2009

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I think anytime a parent is told that they have no rights to decide if a subject is appropriate for their family that is a problem. I personally would not want my child to take this class. This is a subject that I will discuss at home when my child is ready to discuss it.

Janet - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Ilene:

It should be designed as more of a different types of families exist day. Show all types of families including the typical mom-day family.

I don't understand why parents are suing over this though. The kids are going to see this as they grow up whether the parents want them to or not.



I don't understand the suing myself, it seems that more and more people are becoming sue happy. However, I don't think it should be mandatory, if some parents wish for their children not to be in this class, they should be allowed to say so and I think that is where the problems start coming into play. 



 



I think some parents might benefit from the class as well, I think some people simply freak out or take out of context what the school is trying to achieve. I have read in one article where a parent feels like the class is promoting acceptance of gays, and to some parents, that isn't acceptable.  



 



 

Mandi - posted on 09/06/2009

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I think it is good to see that they are trying to show kids that teasing others or targeting them because of their family situation is wrong is a good thing. Schools are very good at doing things at age appropriate levels. My daughter is in Kinder and one of the boys in the class has two mums. The kids have barely bat an eyelid. As long as it is done to show kids about different families and explain that all sorts of families and people should be accepted i think that it is a positive thing. They encourage them to accept all races and not discriminate against girls/boys, this is just one more step in showing our children that acceptance of others, even if it is not their way of life, is the goal.

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