Thursday, November 6, 2008

School Clams Up on 'Gay' Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners

Article on Fox News from 11/01/2008.
A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.

During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.

The cards asked signers to be "an ally" and to pledge to "not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts."

The school has acknowledged that the exercise was not appropriate for kindergartners.

I teach my kids to be respectful of all people. They are taught that name calling is wrong and disrespectful. Somehow, I've managed to effectively teach them this without having to explain to my kindergartners what "gay" or "lesbian" means.

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