Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mandatory Gay Lesson Angers Parents

The Alameda United School District (AUSD) has implemented a curriculum to teach LGBT tolerance to students. Parents have sued the school district to opt their children out of the lessons.

The mandatory program has been officially named "LGBT Lesson #9" and was approved on May 26 by the school board. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be required to learn "tolerance" for the homosexual lifestyle starting this upcoming school year. The school has decided not to give the parents the choice to opt their children out of the lessons even if the lesson goes against their religious beliefs.

From the article at

In kindergarten, the schools plan to introduce children to "The New Girl … And Me" by Jacqui Robins. The book is about a young girl who is new at a school and strikes up a friendship with another girl after a popular boy refuses to play with her.

In first grade, students will read "Who is in a Family?" By Robert Skutch. It explores different types of families. One page states, " … Robin's family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad's partner, Henry, and Robin's cat, Sassy."

Curriculum for 1st grade students includes 'Who's in a Family?'

Teachers will ask children to "identify and describe a variety of families" and "to understand that families have some similarities and some differences."

"If a student responds that one family in the book is made up of a mother, a father and two children and a cat, you may acknowledge that some families look like this," the curriculum states, "but also ask students for other examples of what a family can look like."

Teachers are told to reflect and "reinforce to students that in our school and our community there are many different types of families that provide love and care to each other. Remind the students that all family structures are equally important."

Second grade students will read about two homosexual penguins that raise a young chick in the book "And Tango Makes Three" by J. Richardson and P. Parnell.

The two male penguins, Roy and Silo, are described as being "a little bit different."

"They didn't spend much time with the girl penguins, and the girl penguins didn't spend much time with them," the text states.

When the male penguins nurture an egg, it soon hatches. "We'll call her Tango," it states, "because it takes two to make a Tango."

The book declares, "Tango was the very first penguin in the zoo to have two daddies."

3rd grade students will watch 'That's a Family' film

In the third grade, students will watch a film called "That's a Family," featuring some homosexual couples in addition to traditional families.

According to the lesson plan, it aims to "assist students in developing sensitivity to gay and lesbian family structures" and teach "respect and tolerance for every type of family."

Fourth graders will be required to read an essay titled, "My School is Accepting – but Things Could be Better" by Robert, an 11-year-old who has two lesbian mothers.

They are introduced to terms such as "ally," "gay," "lesbian" and "LGBT."

Teachers are instructed to ask, "How do you think Robert feels when he hears people say things like, 'this is gay' or 'You're so gay'?"

"This curriculum also puts teachers in an awkward position," England said. "They're forced to teach that traditional views are bigoted, even if they hold traditional views."

By fifth grade, students learn to "identify stereotypes about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." They are told that "LGBT people have made important contributions within the United States and beyond."

I think the most disturbing part of this whole idea is that more parental rights are being usurped by those in power. Isn't it the job of a parent to instill the idea of "tolerance" for others into their children?

The idea of home visits by the government to those households with children has already been proposed under the guise of "concern for the children." What did parents do before all these government goons decided to make a power grab for our nation's future? We used three things to guide us: faith, instinct, and common sense. The government needs to allow parents to continue using these tools in the rearing of the next generation.

When you hear that my kids are being visited at home by government wonks, please send flowers to the funeral home. I'll be the guest of honor.


Teresa said...

Liberals are a bunch of hypocrites. They don't like it when traditional values are taught or pushed on kids in the schools, but are okay with their liberal agenda being pushed on the kids. This needs to stop!!! When I have kids, I know I am not going to let this garbage be forced on my kids. This shouldn't be forced on anyone's kids. It is forcing a lack of morality and ethics on kids. Oh, so wrong!!!

Amusing Bunni said...

Good Grief, no wonder the USA is going to hell in a hand basket.
I'm truly glad I don't have any children. I really worry about them, and our future! You do a great job of mentoring and protecting yours B & G! Take care.

blackandgoldfan said...

Teresa: Hope all is well with ya, hon! I agree. This is WAAAAY over the top!

Bunni: Thanks for the props, but God helps me. And He gave me great kids, so that helps.

Teresa said...

I hope all is well with ya, too. Have a great night!! God Bless!!

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

This doesn't sit 10% well with me. I have a lot of gay friends and I'm very supportive of their rights to do their own thing, and I keep my blog very gay-friendly. I've always had gay friends, going back to the middle of high school, and still stay in touch with a couple of the friends I've had since high school.

However, I kinda think that teaching your kids about this starts at home, and not in the school. I barely trust the public schools to teach a kid to add 2+2 and get anything remotely close to 4, so why should I trust them to help a kid understand homosexuality? Teachers have enough on their plates to worry about just trying to teach kids enough to get by, and they certainly don't need even more crap dumped on them that should be done at home. This society has become really quick to pass parenting responsibilities to teachers.

My ex-wife is an educator, God bless her, and she'd spend half her time being more of a babysitter than teaching.

blackandgoldfan said...

Steve: I agree, pal. I have gay friends and family members, and what they do behind closed doors is none of my business. They know that I don't condone their lifestyle, but I love them all the same. Hate the sin; love the sinner.

It truly is an issue of parental rights and responsibilities. We're having more and more of our influence on our children taken away. And how any teacher can make it through a day in most of these schools without eating a Smith and Wesson lollipop is beyond me. They are MUCH better a person than I am!!

God Bless you, your wife, and all those who can do this job.

Malcolm said...

Even though I feel it's important to educate kids that homosexuality isn't evil, I'm not in favor of making the lessons mandatory. It's best to leave it up to the parents. Hopefully when kids are old enough, they will take the opportunity to seek out even more information on the topic.

blackandgoldfan said...

Malcolm: We are on common ground on this one. The idea of not giving the parents an opt-out choice is just plain wrong.