UPDATED LGBT lessons capture broadening spotlight
Updated 11:42 a.m. Friday, May 8
A press release blasted out on the Christian NewsWire advances the school board’s scheduled May 12 public hearing on the proposed lessons, and its authors at the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute are urging people to speak out against the curriculum.
From the release:
“Alameda needs to hear the clear opposition of people with traditional values. People with traditional values are not inherently intolerant and wrong, but that’s the lesson kids would get starting at age five,” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute. …
In kindergarten, being “welcoming” to all classmates is equated with supporting multisexuality. The first grade lesson plan trains children “to identify what makes a family” and teaches about same-sex couples. Third grade vocabulary includes “two moms” and “two dads.” Fifth graders are required “to identify stereotypes about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
“This curriculum ignores the fact that every child has a mom and a dad, to redefine ideas like ‘family.’ School absolutely should be a safe place, but this isn’t just about safety. Students have to embrace highly controversial social values or risk being labeled as bigots,” England said.
Locally, supporters are also gearing up to press their case before the board.
The lessons are being added to an existing anti-violence curriculum for all of the district’s elementary schools. The kindergarten lesson is based on a book called “The New Girl … and Me,” which is a story about how a new girl at school is received by other students. The book for the first grade lesson is called “Who’s in a Family?” and the lesson showcases different kinds of families, including those headed by gay and lesbian couples.
The words “gay,” “lesbian” and “LGBT” would be introduced in the fourth grade lesson. In fifth grade, students would talk about stereotypes about a number of groups, including lesbians and gays.
Some supporters who attended the school board’s last meeting, on April 28, said they think the revised curriculum doesn’t address LGBT issues strongly enough, while opponents said it’s still more than they want their kids to hear.
Superintendent Kirsten Vital said at that meeting that the district is seeking a legal opinion on whether parents can “opt out” of the lessons.
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.