Court supports school's diversity curriculum

Filed under: Gay Parenting, Alcohol & Drugs, Media, Day Care & Education, That's Entertainment

There is some good and bad news coming from a circuit Court of Appeals in Massachusetts. First, the bad news: it appears I can't complain about my son bringing home a book called "Angel Hide and Seek" when we don't believe in angels. Now the good news: parents cannot force schools to exclude books from their curriculum because of their beliefs (or lack thereof.) As one lawyer explained it, "the courts have rightfully found that parents can't control which books are used in school just because they are in conflict with their personal religious beliefs."

The case involved a pair of families that objected to their children being exposed to books that acknowledge or promote tolerance of lesbian and gay families. The books in question included the well-known "Who's in a Family" which presents many different family configurations and "King and King" which tells the tale of two princes who fall in love and get married (remember that gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts). The parents felt that they should have been informed in advance of the subject matter and been given the chance to pull their kids out of class. The judges, however, disagreed:

The mere fact that a child is exposed on occasion in public school to a concept offensive to a parent's religious belief does not inhibit the parent from instructing the child differently. A parent whose 'child is exposed to sensitive topics or information [at school] remains free to discuss these matters and to place them in the family's moral or religious context, or to supplement the information with more appropriate materials.' . . . There is no free exercise right to be free from any reference in public elementary schools to the existence of families in which the parents are of different gender combinations.


The fact is that LGBT families do exist, whether or not these parents like it. It is up to the schools to teach the facts; the parents are free to help their children interpret those facts however they like.

via Mombian

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