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03/03/2014

'Values' conservatives gearing up to again promote public school truancy

by Jeremy Hooper

It's that time of the year again: time when some of the most anti-LGBT organizations out there....

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...will tell parents to keep their children home from school so that they don't encounter the anti-bullying effort known as the Day Of Silence (April 11). Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins writes:

Keeping their children home on the Day of Silence is an easy, safe way for parents to express to school administrations, faculty, and school boards that they—parents—oppose the promotion of non-factual Leftist beliefs about disordered sexuality in their schools to their children.

Every student absence costs schools money, and that matters much more to school administrators and school boards than the beliefs and feelings of conservative parents.

Parents: Contact the principals of your children’s middle and high schools and ask this specific question: “Do you permit students to refuse to speak during class on the Day of Silence?” If your principal says students will be permitted to refuse to speak in class, keep your child/children home. You might also inform your principal that teachers have a legal right to require students to speak in class and that students have no legal right to refuse to speak if called on to answer a question, give a speech, or participate in a debate, group project, or other activity.

We recommend sending an email to your administrators, your child’s teachers, and school board members explaining why you’re keeping your child home. A sample downloadable letter is available on the Stay Home on the Day of Silence website along with answers to frequently asked questions.

Conservative Teachers: You too have a role in opposing this GLSEN-sponsored political action. You should plan activities that require students to participate verbally. There is far too much cowardice and acquiescence among conservative teachers to homosexuality-affirming activities. Both parents and teachers have an obligation to resist inappropriate curricula and activities in schools.
FOOLISH FULL ARTICLE: Keep Children Home From School on GLSEN’s Day of Silence April 11 2014 [IFI]

I think that last piece of "advice" is a new addition for 2014. It's new to me at least. And it's friggin funny! I can just picture these anti-gay teachers dreaming up new and exciting ways that they will force their students to go hoarse. "Today, class, we will begin by studying the uvula and see who can keep theirs moving for the longest period of time. Then we'll move on to a lesson about self-absorption and why it's always good to talk about yourself for hours on end. But let's begin by saying the pledge until we pass out from exhaustion. I pledge...."

Of course the truth is that many of these parents will probably be subjecting their children to unexcused absences and the penalties that go with, considering "I felt too anti-gay to go to school today" doesn't make for the most valid excuse note. Then again, teaching young people to devalue a rich and vibrant population is also doing a disservice to their future, so why should parentally-mandated truancy surprise anyone?

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