"An Australian primary school has removed the word “gay” from the children’s folk song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.”
"Instructing students to sing “fun your life must be,” rather than the written “gay your life must be.”
Principal Garry Martin taught first grade students the song using an old tape. "It uses 'gay' and I just suggested to kids, 'Nowadays, that can mean different things, so let's just sing a fun old time,' " he said. "It was my decision to replace it. I guess that was hypersensitive of me."
But gay rights activists are taking offense, saying the principal is underestimating his students. I don't think that's a very good message for kids to have, particularly when they've been working really hard to bring in respect and diversity into schools," Crusader Hillis, from the LGBT activist group"
Okay, so what are your thoughts here?
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:44 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:50 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
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Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:53 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 6:00 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
I can understand why it was changed, when dealing with kids it's often a put down to say "you're gay" or "that's gay" and even if the kids don't relate it to homosexual the word could have a very negative connotation in their minds. Besides, the recording of it that I use in my classroom is at least 10 years old and doesn't have the word "gay" in it. I think if he wouldn't have mentioned that fact that he was changing it he would have been fine.
Answer by scout_mom at 7:59 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
Answer by hot-mama86 at 9:01 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
Answer by frogdawg at 9:01 PM on Sep. 2, 2010
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