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We don't need homosexuality taught in school
Written by Laura Riddle / For the Tracy Press
Tuesday, 17 June 2008


A Tracy teacher seeks support in voting down a change to the state education code.


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Recently, the state of California has changed the wording in an area of our education code that needs to be brought to light.

Senate Bill 777, which was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, purposely adds new mandates for school instruction and activities focusing on homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality in public schools.

It reads, “No teacher shall give instruction, nor shall a school district sponsor any activity, that promotes a discriminatory bias against homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality.”


This wording was changed to force teachers to discuss homosexual practices in their classrooms as early as kindergarten.

What “promotes a discriminatory bias,” you may ask? Maybe it’s reading a story about a mother and a father to a classroom, as it teaches traditional families, or maybe having a homecoming king and queen is discriminatory, because it promotes a heterosexual relationship. It could even be discriminatory having gender-specific bathrooms, because it promotes the idea that all children are the gender they were born with, not what they identify with.

Before SB 777, Assembly Bill 537, called The Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, protected students from discrimination based solely on perceived or actual sexual orientation. SB 777 states, “Nothing in AB 537 requires the inclusion of curriculum, textbook, presentation or other material in any program or activity.”

What does this mean for our schools in Tracy and all over California? It means new kindergarten-through-12th-grade curriculum will include these topics to “teach” students at an early age what the state thinks about homosexuality, transsexuality and bisexuality. SB 777 takes away local and parental control on how these issues are to be discussed with their children.

I am a teacher and a parent in Tracy Unified School District. Why does SB 777 bother me? Personally, I don’t feel comfortable explaining to my class of 20 6-year-olds why, in the story we are reading, the child has two mommies or two daddies. I don’t feel comfortable answering questions or telling someone else’s child about homosexuality, and I don’t want my children’s teachers to discuss it with my children.

Whether I’m religious or not, it is just not my place as a teacher to discuss these things with someone else’s child. I have never discussed any kind of sexual practices in my classroom, and I feel very uncomfortable feeling forced to answer questions about stories and subjects that might come up in curriculum that includes such topics.


It is my belief that such issues should be addressed in the home and that they should stay there. I write now to inform the public that petitions are going around to allow this initiative to go to voters on the November ballot.


If I am way off base and the voters want their children to be taught this in the public school system, then they will vote to keep the wording “promotes a discriminatory bias” in SB 777. If citizens feel that this topic should not be discussed within a classroom setting, then they will vote it down. I do believe that we, as citizens, have the right to vote on something of this magnitude.


Certain schools districts, such as those in Alameda and Los Angeles counties, have already begun training and implementation of such changes. If you are interested in more information or collecting signatures to allow this to go onto the November ballot, please visit www.saveourkids.org. Petitions can be downloaded from the site and must be mailed by July 31.


I have never written my opinions to a newspaper before. I write today because I just don’t feel it is my place to teach this, and I don’t want parents upset at me or other teachers because of it. I have loved my students and their families, and I am grateful for the wonderful relationships I have had with them. Teaching is hard enough without this.


Whatever your beliefs are, I hope you agree with me.

Please Help With stopping these monsters from changing the world. They should not be given special treatment just because they complain.
 

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Man some people are stuck on passing hate to the next generation.

I have a daughter about to enter kindergarden, I don't think there should be any sex ed so young... I think a lot of these morals get pushed at home not school.
 
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I think a lot of these morals get pushed at home not school.
thats the point. the womens lib movement was partially funded by the cia, drugs are pushed to inner cities, gay "rights" bills are pushed through by the legislature even though the people continually vote them down, all in an effort to destroy the traditional family unit as the primary place of a childs learning in his/her formative years. this is unacceptable to the government complex which wishes to ultimately displace you and impose itself as the father and mother of your child. freedom baby.
 
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that's got to be one of the lamest things you've ever said nhojsmith.
lol you are quick 2-0. even when i was writing it i was like goddamn lifes so easy when i just have a ready made answer, i think the phrase in my head was "canned response". so which portion of aaron russos brain waves do you take issue with? ill listen
 
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For I Fucked Your Mom. I always have that problem my Real Name is Adolfo, dont worry about the screen name, i am mexican. and it has nothing to do with the adolfo that your thinking
 
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I guess they fear gayness can be taught (and isn't how you're born) and their kids might become gay because their teacher shows them a picture book of two moms raising children. Sounds pretty stupid but so are most people who get scared over such things.
 
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I guess they fear gayness can be taught (and isn't how you're born) and their kids might become gay because their teacher shows them a picture book of two moms raising children. Sounds pretty stupid but so are most people who get scared over such things.



Here is my problem with the issue:

It seems that homosexuals make up somewhere around 5-10% of the US population, yet it seems they are always are campaigning to have homosexuality addressed in the class room, or in society on the same level as heterosexuality.

In the class room, homosexuality should be discussed, but it should be a small portion of the overall sex ed. The teacher should spend a few hours going over homosexuality, not giving homosexuality equal consideration so if there is one example of a mom and a dad the next example needs to be two dads.
 
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Here is my problem with the issue:

It seems that homosexuals make up somewhere around 5-10% of the US population, yet it seems they are always are campaigning to have homosexuality addressed in the class room, or in society on the same level as heterosexuality.
African americans and other races make up a small percentage of america as well, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't teach our children that they do in fact exist.

In the class room, homosexuality should be discussed, but it should be a small portion of the overall sex ed. The teacher should spend a few hours going over homosexuality, not giving homosexuality equal consideration so if there is one example of a mom and a dad the next example needs to be two dads.
I'm sure this is exactly how it is (or should be).

The idea is pretty simple - make children at a young age aware of the many differences of society so they will more likely to be tolerable as they grow up, rather then sheltered and therefor becoming homophobic or prejudice.
 
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African americans and other races make up a small percentage of america as well, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't teach our children that they do in fact exist.
True but our students should be getting a globally influenced educations, not just what is happening in the US.



I'm sure this is exactly how it is (or should be).

The idea is pretty simple - make children at a young age aware of the many differences of society so they will more likely to be tolerable as they grow up, rather then sheltered and therefor becoming homophobic or prejudice.

I agree, but from what I have read of the homosexual's arguments, it appears they were campaigning for what seemed like a 50/50 spilt (if you talk about John and Sally, then you must talk equally about Bruce and Dean, which is ridiculous)
 
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I could give a shit less how anyone else gets a nut off, but when I have kids if I find out that there's some roodypooh teaching my 8 yearold son thats its ok to "explore" homosexuality as a lifestyle choice there is going to be a problem. That however only goes for my kids yours can be as gay as they're bound to be and we'll have no kind of problem with it.