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Bay schools phase out gay-friendly curriculum, thoughts?

Under the duress of a lawsuit and threats of recall, the Alameda Board of Education has voted to phase out an elementary school curriculum it adopted in May to prevent anti-gay bullying.

The so-called Lesson 9, which had become an opposition centerpiece in a national anti-gay marriage campaign, will be replaced by a more generic anti-bullying message.

But the board's action Tuesday night did little to ease the tension between gay parents, who want their children protected, and parents who who think elementary school is too early to talk to students about gay people.

The new anti-bullying lessons approved by the board, at the recommendation of School Superintendent Kirsten Vital, will be supplemented by children's books that explicitly address six specific forms of bias, including against gays.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:45 AM on Dec. 10, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:46 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • The so-called Lesson 9, which had become an opposition centerpiece in a national anti-gay marriage campaign, will be replaced by a more generic anti-bullying message.


    Since schools are supposed to have no-bully policies anyhow, I don't know why the message wasn't generic to begin with.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I have my thoughts on why it wasn't generic to begin with, but I won't bother with that.  It's still early and I would like to wake up a bit before being called the several predictable names that are sure to be thrown at me.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 8:58 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • i think they are going about this the wrong way...wanting to teach kids about being gay in kindergarden is not going to prevent bullying...if parents dont like gays they will teach their children not to like them and kids will still get bullied. I believe there should be a program in schools to earn class credit for good kids that have good behavior. If kids are bullies then they should have to go to a behavior class and learn how to respect each other and how to have manners to earn there credit.
    shay1130

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:00 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Anti bullying should be touched upon without singling out any agenda. Then get back to the job of educating our kids.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:04 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • AMEN!!! They Need to take that crap OUT of our schools... all over the country! Being gay is a CHOICE and if we don't teach our kids bout it early on, it won't be an ISSUE!!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:05 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • ignorance is bliss anon 9:05
    jenniamigo

    Answer by jenniamigo at 9:24 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • It's a good start, now if we can only get rid of that crap in all the schools at all levels. Keep your gayness education out of public schools an in city park bathrooms where it belongs.

    A shining example of why the curriculum is needed - because obviously the kids in this ^ house aren't getting it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:25 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • From what I've seen anti-bullying campaigns when they say "don't bully XXXX group" increases bullying of said group. Bullying needs to be dealt with, period.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:33 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • How are the math and reading scores in this district?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Anon 905 being gay is not a choice for most.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:37 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

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