Should students in elementary schools...

Should students in elementary schools learn about homos as part of a discussion on tolerance?

There are 16 comments on the gaynewsblog.net story from May 16, 2009, titled Should students in elementary schools learn about homos as part of a discussion on tolerance? . In it, gaynewsblog.net reports that:

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Should students in elementary schools learn about homosexuality as part of a discussion on tolerance? That was the question on Tuesday night in Alameda, where hundreds of people packed a school board meeting to debate a proposed change in curriculum. Those who attended the meeting had a lot to say about plans to introduce lessons about sexual orientation and gender identity to Alameda students. It would be part of the district's broader anti-violence curriculum for elementary schools. MORE.

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Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#1 May 16, 2009
yes

“Proud to be Mahu”

Since: Sep 07

Sacramento, CA

#2 May 16, 2009
I would call it teaching "respect," but whatever. I cannot understand how increasing respect for other's difference in an effort to decrease bullying and increase self-respect in children is anathema to the hard-right. But it is essential to speak to kids about respecting all, regardless of skin tone, religion, national origin, sex, gender expression or sexuality.
Out and Proud

United States

#3 May 16, 2009
Respecting other people differences should always be taught at home, but if it is not be taught there, then it becomes the job of the school to do so. We really need to start paying of teachers more money. They do so much.
tomas

Shreveport, LA

#4 May 17, 2009
Yes, of course. Gays and lesbians are part of our culture and society and deserve to be recognized as such. In civilized countries like Sweden sex-education is about relationships that include gay and lesbian relationships as a matter of course. It is not about sex but about relationships. So, what is the problem?

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#5 May 17, 2009
What scares so many people, it that when they think "Gay", they think of SEX. Period. End of discussion. Not humans like themselves, with lives and loves and dreams, but just SEX.

So, to them, mentioning to a child that some families have same gender parents parents will require teaching them about sex acts.

Mentioning that some couples are same gender is like teaching their child about sex, and even admitting that such people exist is EXACTLY like teaching their child about sex.

They have gay sex on the brain, unlike most normal gay folks.

Ant the truth of it is, kids could care less. The don't WANT to think about their parents having sex, or other kids parents.

Kids can understand what a same sex headed family is, and what a gay person is, without ever caring about what type of sex they might possibly be having.

Unlike their bigoted parents, it seems.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#6 May 17, 2009
What's the big deal about gay sex anyways ? All we do is hug and kiss a lot.

Why does that bother so many people ?!
fedupwiththemess

United States

#7 May 22, 2009
Yes. Teach them about it and also teach them that it is wrong.

“Putan end to religious thought”

Since: Jun 07

The Freak Kingdom

#8 May 22, 2009
It isn't just about homosexuals. The whole point is teaching civility, respect, and tolerance for EVERYBODY.

you don't see the christian wrong getting up in arms when schools want to teach kids that it is not okay to pick on lil' Jewish kids. What's the difference?
fedupwiththemess

United States

#9 May 26, 2009
Ziggy on High wrote:
It isn't just about homosexuals. The whole point is teaching civility, respect, and tolerance for EVERYBODY.
you don't see the christian wrong getting up in arms when schools want to teach kids that it is not okay to pick on lil' Jewish kids. What's the difference?
You can teach tolerance w/o being being specific. You can say be tolerant of anyone that is not like you.
fedupwiththemess

United States

#10 May 26, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
What's the big deal about gay sex anyways ? All we do is hug and kiss a lot.
Why does that bother so many people ?!
That is a lie...it goes further than that. Yall try to make babies....Knowing what the outcome will be.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#11 May 26, 2009
Many straight people do the same. What's your point?
fedupwiththemess wrote:
<quoted text>That is a lie...it goes further than that. Yall try to make babies....Knowing what the outcome will be.
fedupwiththemess

United States

#12 May 26, 2009
ACLU-Tom wrote:
Many straight people do the same. What's your point?
<quoted text>
One is the correct way and the other way is wrong.
yohann

Palm Desert, CA

#13 Dec 3, 2009
Homosexuality is not innate to any mammalian species. All mammals are "born" with sexual instinct related to procreation of the species -- period. The variables in expression of that instinct only occur in humans due to psychological bents -- there is no "gay gene." Hence, for the state to support a stable environment for future generations to grow and flourish in the society — i.e. heterosexual marriage — is appropriate. To give special privilege to homosexuals, as passionate as they may be about it being a human right, is not and should not be in the interest of the state; homosexuality is a psychological preference or “bent,” not a natural human condition. Preferential treatment of homosexuals such as promoting the so-called “gay” lifestyle in school curriculum is in fact an establishment of a philosophical bent, much like establishment of a religion, and the state should not have anything to do with it. As an aside, how ignorant are these school board members? What should be taught is that people should treat people with respect, not on the basis of their color, sexual orientation or any other factor, but because they are people! You don't need to break it down any further! People have value because they are living beings, not because they fit into some silly protected class.
yohann

Palm Desert, CA

#14 Dec 3, 2009
Ziggy on High wrote:
It isn't just about homosexuals. The whole point is teaching civility, respect, and tolerance for EVERYBODY.
Fine, then teach human value, not value of a certain “protected classes" of humans. It's wrong to pick on anyone for any reason! Teach general respect for all people; don't promote any particular brand of human condition above another! That promotes segregation and partitioning of people groups in the minds of children and causes division and prejudices. Keep it simple, slick! What this is really about is the gay agenda not tolerance. Wake up, dude.

“Putan end to religious thought”

Since: Jun 07

The Freak Kingdom

#16 Dec 4, 2009
yohann wrote:
<quoted text>
Fine, then teach human value, not value of a certain “protected classes" of humans. It's wrong to pick on anyone for any reason! Teach general respect for all people; don't promote any particular brand of human condition above another! That promotes segregation and partitioning of people groups in the minds of children and causes division and prejudices. Keep it simple, slick! What this is really about is the gay agenda not tolerance. Wake up, dude.
We would actually like that. It is the small sect of religious fanatics that want to keep us as second class citizens, keep us socially segregated, keep us divided. Kids see those divisions. Then, when a teacher tries to tell them top respect EVERYONE equally, they get confused from the conflicted messages. They ask questions, specific questions, and some explanation is not only appropriate (to an age-appropriate extent)but needed.

Don't try to tout that old "gay agenda" line. It is bunk propaganda and getting tired. It doesn't mean anything.
Joe

Newalla, OK

#19 Jun 6, 2011
FrankieM wrote:
I would call it teaching "respect," but whatever. I cannot understand how increasing respect for other's difference in an effort to decrease bullying and increase self-respect in children is anathema to the hard-right. But it is essential to speak to kids about respecting all, regardless of skin tone, religion, national origin, sex, gender expression or sexuality.
Spoken like a true homo, Frankie. Homos are seeking affirmation of perverted behavior and acceptance of them as a class of people who practice immoral behavior. "Accepting" or "affirming" them is tantamount to legitimizing immorality which the typical Christian would rather die than do. It's not a question of equality, it's a question of morality. Just because there are a lot of them, that doesn't mean normal people have to accept their perverse behavior. There are a lot of thieves, too, but that doesn't mean we should change laws to legalize them, accept them, or condone their activities.

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