Either I'm right or you're wrong.
No. Leave that sort of stuff to the parents. Let the kids be who they want to be.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
"When we live authentically we create an opportunity for others to walk out of their dark prisons of pretend into freedom."
I voted "yes" mostly because it seems that the option is for a school to try to teach against them. Where the school is forced into the option, there's nothing wrong with letting Susie play hopscotcch while Timmie plays football.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
I voted no because I don't believe it is the school's place to handle that issue. The role of the school is to educate, not help a child settle into gender roles.
I believe it is primarily the parent's responsibility to guide and nurture their own children. As the children grow they wil discover on their own whether or not such internal conflicts occur, and parents should be open enough to deal with this issue in a nurturing way. If the fail to handle it properly I am sure the children will get support from other social sources (peers, counselors, etc.).
It isn't the business of schools to tell children what they're allowed to be when they grow up. It's only their business to give them the basic tools they require to find out for themselves. Children already deal with enough labeling, boxing, and repression of personality, skills, and critical thinking from the adults in their life. The last thing they need is to have all of that enshrined in law.
I also find these kinds of "family" GOP'ers kind of strange. They practically foam at the mouth when someone proposes, say, a sex-ed class that simply mentions that homosexuality exists. They say schools "shouldn't be teaching morality" (apparently acknowledging the existence of gays advocates some kind of morality).
But then they turn around and propose that schools ACTUALLY DO advocate morality, via an elaborate childhood-long manipulation curriculum.
Apparently it's schools "overstepping their bounds" when it's merely suggesting the existence of things they don't like, and "what's important" when it comes to forcing and shoving children into their repressive idea of what an acceptable "boy" or "girl" is.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 06-22-13 at 05:40 AM.
How about we let kids grow up how they/ their parents want them to. The government should not a have a role in deciding what morals a kid has. Enroll the kid in a private school or something if you're worried about "bad influences" in public schools.
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- Mark Twain
I went to school when there were very few electives, and all could be considered to have positive value in the world. I spent mine to take 4 years of Spanish (would be even more useful if I was from this area) and a couple computer classes. Never was I offered a choice to take something so irrelevant as some sort of PC-based cultural studies.