Parent to ask for review of Vallejo s...

Parent to ask for review of Vallejo schools' alternative lifestyle 'respect' material

There are 47 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Oct 20, 2010, titled Parent to ask for review of Vallejo schools' alternative lifestyle 'respect' material. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Vallejo parent Helenmarie "Cookie" Gordon will ask the school board tonight to allow parents to review materials used in the district's "Respect for Differences" lesson before their children see them.

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bml

Vallejo, CA

#2 Oct 20, 2010
as an employee we had addressed concern that parents needed the ability to see this video before their student did. We were also told ---that there was not ability to opt out.

Parents do need to review this material----------they need to have the discussion with their own child etc.

Hats off to Ms. Gordon for stepping up on behalf of all parents in the district, if you were to reveiw the material you will be telling her THANK YOU.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#4 Oct 20, 2010
Helenmarie "Cookie" Gordon will have to watch out now. The VIB-Better Vallejo people for sure will be coming after her for challenging the "rights" of the LGBT community and the "alternative" lifestyle.
NonBigot in Vallejo

Vallejo, CA

#5 Oct 20, 2010
I just wanted to post - perhaps as a lone voice in this sea of bigotry, narrow-mindedness and outright evil discourse that is known as the Times Herald Comments forum - that I am a Vallejoan and I am wearing purple today to show my support for an end to bullying of LGBT youth -- my children are wearing purple today as well ... by their own choice.

I have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with the school district attempting to teach kids that bullying, harrassment, and abuse are NEVER right.

For those who read these comments and assume everyone in Vallejo is a bigot, please be assured that we don't all feel that way. There are voices of sanity.
Citizen

Vallejo, CA

#6 Oct 20, 2010
Wanglow wrote:
The cowardly school district should never have caved to this confused little tramp. FORCING a homosexual program on our innocent children is just ANOTHER example of the disconnect between professional politicians and mid-stream America. ANY parent who allows their child to be subjected to this unhealthy socialist agenda should be horsewhipped.
You're an idiot. You're probably the same kind of parent that encourages their kids to harrass those "sissies" and "queers." Some of those "innocent children" might be suffering in silence afraid to speak up because of jacka**es like you. Go back in your cave.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#7 Oct 20, 2010
There is no empirical evidence that supporting LGBT has made cities better. Just look at San Francisco. Can anyone honestly say that San Francisco is a better place because of LGBT? Where's the empirical proof?
That Is Not All

Vallejo, CA

#8 Oct 20, 2010
If you think the middle school parents might want to review and opt out, you should see what's being shown to elementary school students. It's called "That's A Family" and kids as young as 5 years old (Kindergarten) have to be shown the video without any parental involvement or opt out, just like the older kids.
Typical

Bethel Island, CA

#9 Oct 20, 2010
So....how is opting out of this program respecting differences?
Your opinion matters

Azusa, CA

#10 Oct 20, 2010
NonBigot in Vallejo wrote:
I just wanted to post - perhaps as a lone voice in this sea of bigotry, narrow-mindedness and outright evil discourse that is known as the Times Herald Comments forum - that I am a Vallejoan and I am wearing purple today to show my support for an end to bullying of LGBT youth -- my children are wearing purple today as well ... by their own choice.
I have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with the school district attempting to teach kids that bullying, harrassment, and abuse are NEVER right.
For those who read these comments and assume everyone in Vallejo is a bigot, please be assured that we don't all feel that way. There are voices of sanity.
I Concur!
pimpinlibs

Hayward, CA

#11 Oct 20, 2010
the black hoodlums robbing people every day are bullies, so how's that training working for ya ?
Muslum's are bullies what are you doing about that ? you are raiseing a bunch of pansies who will get themselves hurt or killed trying to dialog with those who will steal from them or kill them . liberal leftest progressive socialist communists will be the end of us all. man up kids and grow a pair, then people will leave you alone.

“The Lord has truly blessed me.”

Since: Jul 08

Lafayette, California

#12 Oct 20, 2010
That Is Not All wrote:
If you think the middle school parents might want to review and opt out, you should see what's being shown to elementary school students. It's called "That's A Family" and kids as young as 5 years old (Kindergarten) have to be shown the video without any parental involvement or opt out, just like the older kids.
Thank you for your post, it made me think of some points also.

I have seen this video and it is not offensive at all. It is real, and shows the various types of families in the United States. Single parents, blended families, grand-parents raising kids, kids who are adopted, and yes, gay and lesbian parents. This is the real world we live in, and if we want our children to succeed they need to understand the various backgrounds that people come from. I do suggest that parents review and then even watch with their child the day of the lesson.

The other lesson is on bullying, and this is very important and relevant to what is happening in the schools today. We have children who are dying because they are being bullied, and watching this film will shed light on how miserable bullying can make a child. For some it has been a very long time since setting foot on a secondary campus, it is time to go back, spend some time and understand what our kids are going through. Children need our guidance, and not to be sheltered, this only keeps them ignorant. If they don't learn it from their parents, they might learn on the playground, and we all know how valid that information is.
The Historian

Orinda, CA

#13 Oct 20, 2010
This is typical of public schools. Core curriculum is downplayed so that "respect" lessons can take up valuable and vitally needed classroom time.

Compared to the rest of the civilized world American kids continue to fall behind the curve in basic education. Twenty-fifth and twenty-first rankings in math and science. Pathetic.

All the while, our kids rank first in "confidence". Thus they feel good about themselves even though their achievement levels are awful and leave nothing to be confident about going forward. What a mess.

People need to see the documentary 'Waiting For "Superman"'. Here is the link for the trailer: http://film.waitingforsuperman.com/videos .

This film highlights the problems with public education in America and provides the necessary solutions. "Respect" training is not among the solutions, but it is clearly part of the problem.
rockslide2free

Napa, CA

#14 Oct 20, 2010
Judging from the way us adults bully one another just because we might hold a differing view point, I think we adults need to watch the Respect for Difffernces video lesson. I think all of us should be slow to label one another because everything is relative.
Cedric

La Honda, CA

#15 Oct 20, 2010
Ah, yes! The old social engineering concerns! Anger management and conflict resolution hasn't worked, so why are we wasting our time and money on such non-sense?

School should be learning the ABC's, not the Dark Side's indoctrination camps.
Cedric

La Honda, CA

#16 Oct 20, 2010
AtLarge wrote:
<quoted text>
you're a tool.
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals is the last book written by community organizer Saul D. Alinsky

That is better?
Helen

La Honda, CA

#17 Oct 20, 2010
NonBigot in Vallejo wrote:
I just wanted to post - perhaps as a lone voice in this sea of bigotry, narrow-mindedness and outright evil discourse that is known as the Times Herald Comments forum - that I am a Vallejoan and I am wearing purple today to show my support for an end to bullying of LGBT youth -- my children are wearing purple today as well ... by their own choice.
I have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with the school district attempting to teach kids that bullying, harrassment, and abuse are NEVER right.
For those who read these comments and assume everyone in Vallejo is a bigot, please be assured that we don't all feel that way. There are voices of sanity.
Gag! Please, stop with all the social buzz words. You are making US sick to our stomachs.
Helen

La Honda, CA

#18 Oct 20, 2010
rockslide2free wrote:
Judging from the way us adults bully one another just because we might hold a differing view point, I think we adults need to watch the Respect for Difffernces video lesson. I think all of us should be slow to label one another because everything is relative.
Look around? Read the news papers on the "right" side? Yup! The reality is what scares the Left. Shine the light of truth and amp it up! Slap back! No need for being PC anymore! It's ruining America in the name of Lord knows what!

Germany's Merkel: Multicultural society a failure
Melissa Eddy, Associated Press
Monday, October 18, 2010

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“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#19 Oct 20, 2010
From the little information in the article, all I can see is that the video reports facts. Facts like how families are comprised in the U.S. It is fact that all of those types of families exist, and are breaking no laws by the mere fact that they do exist. Also, it is teaching the fact that bullying is not acceptable behaviour. That is the purpose of school. To learn facts, and to use them in our daily life as much as we are able. I can only assume, if you are against this video, you are for bullying. Which would explain why bullying continues, because of the parents.
Cappy

Vallejo, CA

#20 Oct 20, 2010
For those of you that say our schools are falling behind the rest of the world...take a good look at what our system has produced over the last century.
Our "liberal" for of education produced the vast majority of inventions that make life and industry better...
I did not see 747s comming out of India
I did not see the first computers coming out of China
I could go on ...maybe those countries can produce enough "robots" that know a little more math.
But free though....( dirty word here...liberal creative thought )is what our country has.
From Jazz to Rockets....( with all due respect to Germans that came here to finally flourish )
People came here to have the freedoms to enhanse their educations...and have the freedom for creativity.
Robots and slaves will never do that.

Say what you want about our schools ..but we still produce better than anyone else
Do yopu really think Chinese autos will be great to drive?
I'll take a US book, Car, Airplane...and Music over anything made across our border
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#21 Oct 20, 2010
Cappy wrote:
For those of you that say our schools are falling behind the rest of the world...take a good look at what our system has produced over the last century.
Our "liberal" for of education produced the vast majority of inventions that make life and industry better...
I did not see 747s comming out of India
I did not see the first computers coming out of China
I could go on ...maybe those countries can produce enough "robots" that know a little more math.
But free though....( dirty word here...liberal creative thought )is what our country has.
From Jazz to Rockets....( with all due respect to Germans that came here to finally flourish )
People came here to have the freedoms to enhanse their educations...and have the freedom for creativity.
Robots and slaves will never do that.
Say what you want about our schools ..but we still produce better than anyone else
Do yopu really think Chinese autos will be great to drive?
I'll take a US book, Car, Airplane...and Music over anything made across our border
And which one of these were "invented" by gay people?
None!!! Point proven.
Wanglow

United States

#22 Oct 20, 2010
I'm sure if the repulsive Tilly's had seen this video they would be honor students and leaders of our society...................., yeah right.

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