GLSEN kicked out of elementary school classrooms
Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has issued a legal memo in support of an Illinois school district that recently elected to discontinue using pro-homosexual materials in its elementary schools.
Jeremy Tedesco says the Erie Community Unit School District voted 5-2
to stop using pro-homosexual curricula from the Gay, Lesbian, Straight
Education Network (GLSEN) after several parents voiced concerns about
the content of "Ready, Set, Respect!"
The "toolkit," according to CitizenLink, encourages teachers to invite students as young as kindergarten age to "draw pictures of favorite TV or storybook characters and dress them in clothes that are different … from what they would typically wear," such as "Cinderella in a knight's armor" or "Spiderman wearing a magic tiara." It also suggests that teachers incorporate examples of homosexual relationships into classroom activities, such as writing math problems to include "a variety of family structures and gender-expressions." Parents felt the material raised issues of religious freedom and parental rights.
Tedesco is proud of the district for taking a stand.
"Public schools should not be coerced by outside groups into indoctrinating students into homosexual behavior by exposing them to inappropriate sexual materials," the attorney asserts. "Schools are supposed to be places of learning, not places where schools push propaganda on students."
In reaction to the ban, GLSEN began a derogatory national campaign against the school, which included false accusations. But ADF applauds school officials for not giving in to the intimidation. "The school is right under these circumstances to prohibit access to the GLSEN materials and not cave to the ACLU's demands," Tedesco says.
Erie Community Superintendent Bradley Cox says, "Teaching diversity, tolerance, and anti-bullying to elementary schools was always done before without using GLSEN materials."
The use of GLSEN's material has now been limited to grades 6-12 in the district -- a move that the Network deems "puzzling and deeply counter-productive."