Senate OKs bill to ban teaching of homosexuality

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Senate OKs bill to ban teaching of homosexuality
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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 2:11pm

NASHVILLE - The Senate approved, 19-11, a modified version of Sen. Stacey Campfield's bill to block teaching about homosexuality in kindergarten through eighth grade.

While the previous version stated "no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.", the modified version declares that "any instruction or materials made available or provided at or to a public elementary or middle school shall be limited exclusively to natural human reproduction science." 

Sen. Andy Berke says "This is an amendment solving a political problem rather than a real problem," since current Tennessee law already prohibits discussion of sexuality in elementary and middle schools unless through use of the approved "family life curriculum", which does not cover homosexuality. Full story

What are your thoughts on the issue?

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Registered: 01-04-2011
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 2:20pm

"Teaching" about homosexuality in elementary school is inappropriate, so I applaud the Senate...although having that be included in classes/discussions on sexuality in middle or high school seems reasonable...as long as the information is "educational" and not an "endorsement."

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 3:09pm
Just another way to try to hide homosexuality from kids, even though there are kids in the schools who have same-sex couples as parents. I find the bill to be stupid.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 3:17pm

The horse has left the barn the cat's out of the bag.

dragowoman

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 9:08am

It seems that the age of puberty keeps getting lower and lower with time, and sexuality should be taught before children reach high school.

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Registered: 05-16-2011
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 11:14am

I totally agree. Parents still 'own' our kids and it is up to us when to teach about sexuality. Middle-school is when they talk about sex, so it makes sense to leave it up to parents before then. It's all over tv and the media, so I don't know how kids could have it 'hidden' from them, but if we parents choose to not explain it further, that's our call and not the school's. Too much focus on sex, whatever the orientation. Geez, let them be kids.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 11:35am
From what you posted to me, no, we do not agree.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 4:18pm

The problem is ignorance.

dragowoman

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Registered: 07-16-2009
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 6:16pm

Hm. Materials shall be limited to "natural human reproduction science"...

Hm.

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Registered: 06-20-2007
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:02pm

Of all the problems in the U.S. they decided to waste their time with crap like this. It's just another ploy to bash/censor gay people.

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Registered: 09-09-2003
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 8:28pm

As a Tennessean, I'd just like to say that we're not all morons, even though our state legislature is largely composed of bigoted cretins.

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