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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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 4:38pm
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 4:19pm

It's ridiculous to decide that including sexual preference in a sex education program is "special treatment."

 

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Mon, 06-20-2011 - 1:26pm

*** YOU have the option to pull her out

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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 2:21pm

ROFL

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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 10:20am
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 8:22am

Well, that was quite illuminating.

 

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 3:22pm
Our teachers cannot even teach the basics adequately. They are so bogged down with things that have nothing to do with teaching, it's crazy.

iMO, once American schools are on par with China and Japan, then we can address the issue of adding things like teaching homosexuality in the classroom to K-8 kids. I am actually quite sick of the homosexual groups demanding this and making such an issue out of it. Who do they think they are? Why should their particular cause be added to classroom curriculum at the expense of reading, writing, math, and history?

Maybe we should have mental illness curriculum added as well for all the depressed kids. And then we could ad the ADHD curriculum for those kids, then the bisexual curriculum, the asexual curriculum, and maybe even start adding the fashion curriculum so that fashion challenged kids are not bullied because they don't have the right clothes.

IMO, schools are NOT responsible for raising socially adjusted kids. Parents are. Schools need to make sure our kids can read and write, which they still have not been able to accomplish. If Parents feel so strongly about this, then they should start after school clubs like they did at my DD school.
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:56pm

The problem that's widely ignored is many, many parents do not *do* what is the "parents' job," either because of embarrassment, ignorance or naivete.

 

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:47pm

I understand what you are saying;

dragowoman

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:13pm
I also have a 14year old DD. While the teaching of gay, lesbian, bi, hetero sexuality is not taught in her school as part of the curriculum, they do have a gay and lesbian club. It's after school and it seems to meet the needs of the kids. There is no bullying or beating up of gay students. Gay parents are not "prosecuted" as another poster suggested. Frankly, it's just not a huge issue.

I think a club atmosphere is better than structured curriculum. Our teachers are already bogged down enough with just teaching the basics. They can't even handle that vey well with the larger and larger class sizes. They don't need to be the ones responsible for making sure our teens are socially adjusted. That's the parents job!

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