Minn. Sexual Orientation Discussion Policy Debated

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The teachers union in Minnesota’s largest school district is urging its school board to drop a proposed policy on handling controversial topics in the classroom.

Local President Julie Blaha told the board Monday night the union supports dropping the current policy that requires teacher neutrality on matters of human sexuality. But she says a proposed replacement policy, requiring teachers to refrain from stating their views on controversial topics, doesn’t solve the problem.

More than 30 people testified, including several parents who argued for maintaining the existing neutrality policy.

Under the current policy, teachers must remain neutral if the topic of sexual orientation comes up in student-led discussions. Some people believe that’s led to the bullying of gay students

The board is scheduled to vote on the propose change Jan. 23.

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  • Dave Seavy

    Why not address the bullying itself and leave sexuality out of it? Students get bullied for a number of reasons – that’s the real issue, not sexuality, disability, or whatever. Every time a kid is bullied, school districts want to teach “tolerance.” Better to forget why the bullying happens, and attack the behavior.

    • Dexter

      I agree. Nobody should be bullied, So is it going to be more of a crime bullying your gay child vs my nerdy child? No kid should have to go through this, gay, straight or whatever.

      • jackactionhero

        Nobody said anything about “more of a crime” than another type of bullying.

        • Tom

          @ Dan Seavy and Dexter

          I agree there are alot of reasons why kids are getting bullied. And we know what a few of those reasons are : student being gay, a student being percieved as being gay (even though they are not) they don;t dress right, They don’t talk right, ec, etc. As the students who are doing bullying don’t percieve these students as being normal in their view. These students should be told there is no such thing as “normal”.

  • DMC

    well said.

  • Alice

    There are two options.
    -Remain neutral.
    -Promote an orientation.

    I’m pretty sure most parents would be upset if teachers started promoting gay orientation so that means they should promote heterosexuality.

    Gee, maybe neutral is the way to go.

    • friend

      Alice, the hetero lifestyle is promoted 24×7 or didn’t you notice.

      • Alice

        Do you mean the natural pairing of men and women? That’s not promoted, that’s just nature.

        • Citizen

          @Alice. I will quote these lyrics from the song “One Tin Soldier” from the Billy Jack movie:
          Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
          Go ahead and cheat a friend.
          Do it in the name of Heaven,
          You can justify it in the end.

          May you understand…..

          • One Tin Soldier

            @Citizen. We all understand the song. We don’t understand why you hate Alice.

            • Citizen

              @One Tin Soldier. Would you like to explain the “hate Alice” comment? Where do you get that from the song lyrics?

              • One Tin Soldier

                You ignore her argument, choosing instead to lecture her and apportion motives to her that she has neither expressed nor are apparent from her objective statement. You obviously hate her. And all of her friends and relatives.

  • Bill Clintons Cigar

    Cant discuss the Lord…but can spew garbage about gays…go MN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • See BS

    The Teachers Union is suppose to contact their local State Representatives if they want public school students to respect their establishment of religion.

  • Tracy M

    STOP BULLYING!!…… .Period! Its a tuff age, kids do not even know who they are at that age. Trying to figure it out.

    Schools SHOULD be held responsiable for there students bullying anyone. Its not ok to, “just look the other way” anymore.

  • shina

    Schools should leave SEX education to the parents and use the time we pay them to teach English, Math, and Science to the students.

    • jackactionhero

      What sex education are you referring to exactly? I didn’t read anything about a sex ed class in this article.

  • Kevin D

    All teachers would have to say is: “We don’t know why some people are gay and some people are straight, but it doesn’t make any difference. STOP BEING A BULLY or you’ll get your butt kicked out of school”.

    But I bet the religious nut cases would love for MN to do what some people in Tennessee are trying to do right now. Their legislature is debating whether or not to allow bullying if it’s for religious reasons. Google it if you don’t believe me. They are flipping insane down their.

  • Kevin D

    Forgot to point out – in case people don’t know – Tennessee is a STRONG Republican state. Also excuse the typo in the previous post: “their” should have been “there” .

    • Citizen

      @Kevin D. The fact of this issue is a simple one: the families are afraid that they have not sufficiently indoctrinated their children in right-wing bigotry as far as religion and science, thus, they are enlisting the school districts to help them. Thus, we have the push for abstinence sex education, creationism, and gag orders on teachers. Once the kids leave home they find out how the REAL world works. But, in the meantime, perhaps a few will become foot soldiers and flag bearers for right-wing bigotry and keep the hate alive.

  • Melissa Thompson

    I think something that’s lost in all this is the “Constitutionl” it specifically bans the advancement of one religion over another, the “establishment clause” expressly prohibits that in government which a public school district is part of. I have no doubt this school would not be so accomidating to say Muslims if they were demanding that every student in the district fast during Ramadan, or if the Jewish religious leaders insisted on ONLY Kosher food being served in all cafeterias. I think it’s safe to say that MFC and PAL would likely be the ones leading the charge against such requests and yet the are demanding that every student, staff member or parent deny the fact that gay people exist and are born that way based solely on their narrow religious belief, aside from contributing to the division and hostility it’s illeagl and opens the district up to further legal scrutiny. They have a constitutional right to believe whatever they want, however their right to practice does not supercede anothers right to exist. Religious freedom is an individual right, not something to be imposed by government.

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