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#800017 - 03/21/04 05:01 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Originally posted by SameKenny:
Equality is just too important.[/b]
No one has said that homosexuals aren't equal to anyone else. Pushing the teaching of anything of a sexual nature to little kids between five and ten years old, especially against their parents wishes (not to mention state law), is what we're discussing. How much simpler can it be?
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#800018 - 03/21/04 06:21 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
Now Elena, that was unfair. If he "met up with the likes of me", he would find that he was treated with the same respect that anyone else is, and would continue to receive that same treatment until he did something to cause me to treat him otherwise.[/b]
I am only reacting to what I have seen from you. Are you going to tell my young nephew things like:

I am sick and tired of having your perversion shoved in my face...You couldn't be normal if your life depended on it...Your defense of these perverts is pushing me faster and faster toward that opinion too.[/b]

Or will you save it until he grows up and you feel less guilty about telling him to keep his queer ways to himself so you can feel safer and more comfortable?

Tolerance should be taught in schools: religious, racial, and of masculine/femenine expressions(not specifically referring to the sexual if they are young). We all know that children will frequently trumpet their parents' prejudices, so why should schools --in an effort to create a more tolerant, less hate-filled society-- not try to counteract any possible prejudices learned at home and that relate so directly to the wellbeing of a society?

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#800019 - 03/21/04 06:44 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by gryphon:
Neither my wife nor I will ever get AIDS. (Unless it is introduced into us through a blood transfusion I suppose). We don't engage in risky behaviors like sleeping around or IV drug use. [/b]

Gryphon, like I said earlier, I missread your post. I'm sorry for the confusion. I thought you said that if he had been straight he wouldn't have gotten AIDS. My bad. \:\(

You bet this is about tolerance

Intolerance gave him AIDS? [/b]

No. The whole skit thing, I just don't agree the manner in which the subject is voiced in the skit. Sure there could be skits about abstinency, and Christianiy, just as there should be about Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, safe sex, etc. BUT they should not be presented in a manner that says "I am better than you all" which I think is what this skit preaches and is wrong, but rather that it is all part of our society and should be accepted and not imposed on others. That individuals have the right to practice religion and love whomever they choose as long as it does no harm to another.

Why are some of these subjects given more importance than others? Because it is an attempt to focus attention on issues which are not part of the white, christian, heterosexual stereotype which kids have been bombarded with for generations and which give them little room to find role models if they don't fit this mold. Things, thankfully, are beginning to change but I don't think there will truly be acceptance of any of the thornier issues until they stop being part of the political arena and are thought of as a simple personal choice, like chocolate or vainilla.

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#800020 - 03/21/04 08:45 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Dear Matt,

I'm not insinuating, I think you are gay. I base my opinion not only on what you write on this topic, but how you write it, much as a dog defends a bone.

If I am incorrect, I will apologise in advance, if you feel one is needed.

I currently detect an undercurrent in your last statement, that rvaga noticed, namely that people secretly are drawn to the things that they publicly decry. I think that is a bogus argument.

There also is another issue at work within the thread, concerning what society should tolerate.

Some people think society should tolerate everything. I'm sorry, folks, but a society that tolerates everything, will eventually be supplanted by one that tolerates little.
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#800021 - 03/21/04 09:08 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Originally posted by Tom-*K:
kathy--if you can do the rear end--I can do the Bosie! [/b]
Sorry, Tommy, too much cellulite. \:\(

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#800022 - 03/21/04 09:19 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
Jack Frost Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by EHpianist:
Tolerance should be taught in schools: religious, racial, and of masculine/femenine expressions(not specifically referring to the sexual if they are young). We all know that children will frequently trumpet their parents' prejudices, so why should schools --in an effort to create a more tolerant, less hate-filled society-- not try to counteract any possible prejudices learned at home and that relate so directly to the wellbeing of a society?
Elena
http://www.pianofourhands.com [/b]
Well said. We have made a lot of progress from the days when this county instutionalized intolerance and prejudice, but there is a way to go.

jf
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#800023 - 03/21/04 09:35 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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I am only reacting to what I have seen from you. Are you going to tell my young nephew things like:

I am sick and tired of having your perversion shoved in my face...You couldn't be normal if your life depended on it...Your defense of these perverts is pushing me faster and faster toward that opinion too.[/b]


Sigh.....

When writing in a little box, trying to be frugal both with space and time, one must assume that the reader bears these limitations in communication in mind, and keeps certain things in perspective. The word "you" does not always mean "you, the individual". "You" often refers to "you the group". One also writes with the intentions that what he writes be kept in logical context, and not torn apart and then pieced back together to form a different picture than the one originally intended.

When I said "having your perversion shoved in my face", I was not talking to any one person. Nor can you assume that I meant homosexuality is what I was referring to. So, instead of a comment intended to tell an individual that his homosexuality was a perversion, it can also be telling a group of people that dancing naked in the street dressed up in drag is perverse, or that a group of people putting on a play to teach little 5 year old boys how to wear dresses and high heels and make up are perverse. The key is the phrase "shoved in my face". The subject was not Bernard's sexual preference, the subject was teaching little 5 year old boys about sex, and doing so from an alternative point of view.

When I told Bernard "you couldn't be normal if your life depended on it", I was responding to his attack toward me, and that is how I do things. Get in my face, and I get right back in yours. Bernard has apologized, I had already, and the issue is over. I like Bernard. We *are* polar opposites. But that isn't a personal indictment of either one of us.

When I said "Your defense of these perverts is pushing me faster and faster toward that opinion", I said what I meant. Again, there was a clue you could have noticed that showed I was not directing the term "pervert" at Bernard, or any other individual. I said "these perverts", obviously referring to the group putting on these plays. It also is obvious that this is the kind of thing I am saying is being "shoved in my face". These people are going around the country teaching little kids that are too young to even think about sex or sexual preferences to think about them, and to "tolerate" them. I'm all for tolerance. I'm tolerant. But tolerance does not mean I just lay down and let every single thing that someone wants to do go by and simply put up with it. It doesn't mean I give up my standards, or my common sense. When you claim you are simply teaching tolerance, but your method of doing that is to take a room full of little 5 year old boys and teach them that it's ok for them to act like little girls and want to touch each other, you're a liar, and you're a pervert, and you have an agenda that has absolutely nothing to do[/b] with tolerance.

Or will you save it until he grows up and you feel less guilty about telling him to keep his queer ways to himself so you can feel safer and more comfortable?[/b]

That is an ignorant, bigotted statement Elena, and nothing more than a snide attack. I will tell him nothing, as long as he doesn't do something to offend me. Since you apparently are so clouded logically because of this topic, let me elaborate on that response though. If your nephew, as an adult, simply mentioned he was a homosexual, I would continue to talk with him in the same polite manner as before. His sexual preference is of no concern to me, and not the topic of our discussion. If he *made* his homosexuality a topic of discussion, I would tell him I didn't care about his sexual preferences one way or the other, and could we go back to talking about whatever we had been discussing beforehand. If he reach for my crotch and asked me for sex, I'd put him in the morgue. But until that happened, I would treat him exactly the same way I would treat anyone else. If on the other hand he said "I want to take a room full of 5 year old children and talk to them about my sexual preferences and tell them that they should be tolerant of it, and that if they feel like being like me it's ok", I would call him a pervert and let him know then and there that if he tries to talk to *my* kids like that he is in for a *really* rough ride. By the same token, if a heterosexual male said "I want to take a room full of 5 year old children and tell them what my wife and I like to do in bed and that if they feel like doing that too it's ok", I will call *him* a pervert, and let him know that he too is in for a really rough ride if he tries to talk to my 5 kid about things like that.

Get it through your head folks - K-6 kids are too young for this, and I don't care *what* your own personal sexual preferences are, keep them to yourself when you're around small children. If your goal is to teach tolerance, focus your energy where it is acceptable, and where it will do the most good - teach the parents how to parent and then get your ass out of their way and let them PARENT! Don't do it for them, don't take a bunch of little kids and give them information they are too young to process and claim you're teaching tolerance. And if you think that makes me some kind of homophobe, or some kind of throwback in the evolutionary ladder, so be it. But keep your agendas to yourself when you get around children.

GEEZ, for the life of me I can't understand what's so difficult about this for some of you to understand.
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#800024 - 03/21/04 10:04 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
Jack Frost Offline
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Originally posted by Larry:
If on the other hand he said "I want to take a room full of 5 year old children and talk to them about my sexual preferences and tell them that they should be tolerant of it, and that if they feel like being like me it's ok", I would call him a pervert and let him know then and there that if he tries to talk to *my* kids like that he is in for a *really* rough ride. By the same token, if a heterosexual male said "I want to take a room full of 5 year old children and tell them what my wife and I like to do in bed and that if they feel like doing that too it's ok", I will call *him* a pervert, and let him know that he too is in for a really rough ride if he tries to talk to my 5 kid about things like that.[/b]
Larry, it's not just about body parts and it's not just about sex. I agree that young kids should not be learning about sex--hetro, homo, or miscellaneous---in elementary school. On the other hand, I believe that all kids at a very early age should learn that some men love each other and some women love each other in the same way that mommy and daddy love each other and that that is ok. The point is that by teaching tolerance and understanding at a young age you: (1) allow kids who start to realize in middle school that they may be gay to understand that they are not freaks, not alone, that they do not have to commit suicide to escape it, and (2) teach kids who are hetrosexual to accept the fact that others are different and that the differences should be respected rather than denigrated. These messages have to begin at a young age because otherwise it is too late.

In my mind, it's not a question of whether a parent "approves" of homosexuality, because homosexuality IS. It's a question of whether we are going to teach our children (finally) to respect and be tolerant of those who may be different, whether by race, religion, or sexual preference.

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#800025 - 03/21/04 10:12 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Jolly:
I'm not insinuating, I think you are gay. I base my opinion not only on what you write on this topic, but how you write it, much as a dog defends a bone.[/b]
Well, if you had actually read[/b] my question, you wouldn't have answered in this way. My question was why you would feel it necessary to resort to double-entendre and innuendo to take potshots at me[/b], rather than debating my position. Your description of my writing on this topic is also quite telling. You must somehow believe that no right-minded straight person could so sympathetically defend homosexuality. That is where you are absolutely wrong.

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If I am incorrect, I will apologise in advance, if you feel one is needed.[/b]
You seem to have a penchant for apologetic lip-service statements like the one above. This statement couldn't be construed by anyone as an apology anyway. It is far too smug and insincere. Perhaps you should consider refraining from making statements that might require an apology. Or is that too difficult for you?

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I currently detect an undercurrent in your last statement, that rvaga noticed, namely that people secretly are drawn to the things that they publicly decry. I think that is a bogus argument.[/b]
Think whatever you like, but a common psychological profile for a young gay-basher is someone who has been indoctrinated into the values of the anti-gay culture around him. Deep fear of his own secret same-sex feelings can drive him to act out against gay men, as if that will prove he isn't what they are, or to somehow vanquish the desires by attacking the things (gay men) that stir these repressed feelings. I'm quite sure this is not the case for all gay-bashers, and I wouldn't presume to even say this profile fits the majority. The point here, though, is that in this type of case, repressed homosexual feelings can lead to externalized violence.

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Some people think society should tolerate everything. [/b]
Gee, there's really nothing like overgeneralization to needlessly sensationalize one's position. :rolleyes: Nobody has proposed or is proposing tolerating "everything", as you so carelessly tossed out. Can you really believe that tolerance of homosexuality is equivalent to tolerance of "everything"? Or is it that you just can't limit yourself to the topic being discussed?
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I'm sorry, folks, but a society that tolerates everything, will eventually be supplanted by one that tolerates little.[/b]
Aahhh, the grand sweeping gesture designed to drive home the point. Unfortunately, you have no point, because the corollary is just as true, to wit: "A society that tolerates little will eventually be supplanted by one that tolerates much." I think that our society currently tolerates little, and would like to see a more tolerant one gradually overtake it. Sorry to hear that you think that's the wrong direction.
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#800026 - 03/21/04 10:39 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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One of the interesting aspects of this debate is that the same people who are saying the skit is inappropriate for young children because they are young, malleable and should not/need not have to deal with issues such as this are the same ones who a couple of months ago were defending the school district in the South who were going after a Lesbian mother through her seven year old son.

Either children at this age are too young for this sort of thing or they are not. It can't be both ways.
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#800027 - 03/21/04 10:41 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Dearest Matt,

Well, I noticed you didn't deny my statement, so we shall procede under the assumption that you are gay, and have a vested interest in this argument...

Please notice that at no time has anyone that is not in favor of the current gay agenda advocated sweeping and radical changes against the gay community. What I have advocated, and argued vociferously for, is for the gay community to mind their own business, especially within this thread in respect to children.

When you want to spread your agenda in the public arena, you must persuade the political majority. As it stands right now, the gay community does not have the political impetus for the remedies they seek, and are in fact quite in danger of marginalizing themselves with much of the public.

This thread is a marvelous case in point. For all of the flag-waving about tolerance, the typical PTA parent wouldn't tolerate our red shoe skit past the opening statements. I know I certainly wouldn't.

As for apologetic lip statements, I was trying to be a bit kind. However, since you do not care to do so, that is your problem, not mine.

Lot of anger there, old son. Well, you've got the same pants to get glad in, that you got mad in, and right now, here's one board member that doesn't give a rolling red rat's rectum which side of the fence you fall on.

Lastly, society is painted in sweeping statements. It is a broad canvass, and I like to see a larger picture than most.

Maybe I have a better perspective than some.

TTFN, dude.
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#800028 - 03/21/04 10:46 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
Jolly Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by John Andrew:
One of the interesting aspects of this debate is that the same people who are saying the skit is inappropriate for young children because they are young, malleable and should not/need not have to deal with issues such as this are the same ones who a couple of months ago were defending the school district in the South who were going after a Lesbian mother through her seven year old son.

Either children at this age are too young for this sort of thing or they are not. It can't be both ways. [/b]
No, the two issues are interelated, and I have taken a consistent position on both.
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#800029 - 03/21/04 10:59 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Originally posted by SameKenny:
Hey jolly, gryphon and renuda, (and who else?)
Why do you use fake names?
What are your real names?
What's amadah?
Ashamed?
Protecting your ill-gotten wealth?

Why are the most verbose righties less likely to show up at piano parties?

[/b]
Its Renauda not renuda.

My name is Joe and my last name is irrelevant. Tom~*K thinks it (Joe) to be a common name so I have rightly chosen not to use it.

Amadah is an oilfield in Northern Saudi Arabia- why do you ask?

Ashamed of what?

As I have never accepted bribes I do not consider my wealth ill gotten. Nor do I feel any particular need to protect it through extraordinary means. I pay my taxes as required by law. I do expect my tax dollars to be used wisely rather than frivolously. I support public education and government administered universal health care benefits as a right of citizenship.

While it is true I am conservative about sexual matters I no more think of myself as a righty than I think of myself as a liberal. Nevertheless Jolly, Gryphon and a few others would have been shocked to learn that I am among their number. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience.

Still, a piano party in the US is a long way for me to travel for a drink and a good time. You are welcome to visit me though.
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#800030 - 03/21/04 11:57 AM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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I agree that young kids should not be learning about sex--hetro, homo, or miscellaneous---in elementary school. On the other hand, I believe that all kids at a very early age should learn that some men love each other and some women love each other in the same way that mommy and daddy love each other and that that is ok. [/b]

I fail to see much difference. And I couldn't disagree with you more. There are flaws in your logic on several levels in fact. Kids are sent to school to learn to read and write. Especially K-6, shouldn't be involved in anything else. Teaching kids about differences in adult relationships is not the job of the school, it is the job of the parents. Giving the school the right to take on that task is not teaching tolerance, it is robbing the parents of their rights, and it is damaging the child. I don't want my 5-11 year old kids taught that Bobby loves Billy. I want them to learn to read and write. That's all I want out of a school. That's all a school is supposed to do. When *I* feel my kids need to know that in some cases Bobby loves Billy, I'll tell them, and they will learn about tolerance toward it in the same way I have taught them about tolerance and civility in every other aspect of life. But *I* will teach them, not you, not the schools, and not some focus group with an agenda. A 5 year old kid doesn't need this shoved down their throats - they will see it, and ask questions. The ones they should be asking about it are their parents, and their parents will determine when and how to answer. And don't hand me the line about how some parents aren't capable of teaching it, or will teach them to be intolerant. That's the problem with *all* social engineering - it comes with the assumption that those doing the engineering can do it better than anyone else. Yes, there will be some parents who don't teach their kids the right thing. So I repeat - if you want to teach kids tolerance, teach the parents how to parent. The hard part for you to understand is that if a parent teaches his kid intolerance, you're just going to have to live with that. It's *his kid*, and just because some parents are going to teach their kids the wrong way doesn't give you or anyone else the right to take that parents rights away. And that's just exactly what happens when the educational system involves itself in social engineering, spending time and money trying to do the parents' job instead of teaching them to read and write. God knows the schools have been a miserable failure in that area for the last 2 decades, maybe it's time for them to go back to the basics and leave the social conscious education to the ones who are responsible for it - the parents.


The point is that by teaching tolerance and understanding at a young age you: (1) allow kids who start to realize in middle school that they may be gay to understand that they are not freaks, not alone, that they do not have to commit suicide to escape it, and (2) teach kids who are hetrosexual to accept the fact that others are different and that the differences should be respected rather than denigrated. These messages have to begin at a young age because otherwise it is too late.[/b]

Then TEACH THE PARENTS. Leave the kids alone. The vast majority of the kids are *not* going to be homosexual. Those that are should look to their parents, not the schools, for answers to their questions. You do not have the right to invade the lives of the entire population just to accomodate the few. Your very description of "These messages have to begin at a young age because otherwise it is too late" is clear evidence that this is nothing more than indoctrination. Your sentence is exactly how any *cult* explains how to program people to accept the cult's teaching. You aren't teaching tolerance, you're indoctrinating, programming an agenda.

In my mind, it's not a question of whether a parent "approves" of homosexuality, because homosexuality IS. It's a question of whether we are going to teach our children (finally) to respect and be tolerant of those who may be different, whether by race, religion, or sexual preference.[/b]

That's a poor way of expressing it. It has nothing to do with "approving" of homosexuality. It has to do with talking about things that a child isn't mature enough to deal with, it has to do with usurping the parents' authority, of using the school system to do the parents' job instead of what the kid is there to learn - reading and writing. *WE* aren't going to teach my kids anything. *I* am going to teach my children about sexual issues, about religion, and about race. The *school* is there to teach my kids how to read and write. If you want to do some beneficial social engineering, stick with teaching parents how to parent, and let the school stick to its purpose - teaching kids how to read and write. Get your social and political agendas out of the schools just like you want religion out of schools. Don't spend my kid's school day telling him about how some people like one sex and some like the other, and that we should be tolerant of that. Don't spend my kid's school day telling him if he wants to wear high heels and makeup that it's ok. Spend his day teaching him to read. Leave the other to me. It's my responsibility, and you have no right to infringe on that. And just as the "you" is a generic "you", the "I" is a generic "I", because I will bet every dime I have that this is the way the vast majority of parents feel. Even in the extremely remote possibility that it isn't, it *still* comes down to the children - leave the little kids alone about sexual issues.
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#800031 - 03/21/04 12:16 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Joe, I apologize.
I was angry but should not have lashed out like that.
Sorry.
I will leave my posts as evidence of my stupidity.
Ever since the gay marriage thing hit the news it is really sinking in that gay people ARE discriminated against.
I had just gotten used to it.


Either gays are bad or they are not.
If they are bad, then plan A.
If they are not bad, then plan B.
Plan B is equality.


K-6 is a critical time.
The foundation wiring is taking place in the brain.
Certain things MUST be taught early, or they will never take.
Sunday schools are evidence of this.
I have already stated that I think the play in question is over the top.
Still tolerance must be appropriately taught by schools and by parents.
Just cause you are hetero, you must teach your young ones that different is not bad.
Just go on a playground and hear how those k-6ers talk.
7 th grade is too late.

Also, You can pretend to "tolerate" and not be a gay basher and claim to have adjusted to the existence of gays ľ at least to the outside world of adults.
BUT - what you teach your kids in the home is where the rubber meets the road.
People see their kids as their 2nd chance.
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#800032 - 03/21/04 01:07 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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No need to apologize. I did not think your posts or opinions as being stupid in any way.

Parents and teachers are models for children. Tolerance can be taught by modelling behavior. If you want children to be tolerant of diversity then demonstrate tolerance in your behavior- accept people as they are and laugh with people and not at them. Walk away from intolerance as fighting it only adds fuel to its cause.

Tolerance is not and nor should it be treated as a measurable outcome of school curriculum. There is no need for political, religious or social (i.e. sexual) ryhmes and stories which contribute further to the hidden curriculum in our schools. There is enough hidden curriculum that already infects the school to confuse children and dilute learning in the classroom.
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#800033 - 03/21/04 01:32 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
Matt G. Offline
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Originally posted by Jolly:
Well, I noticed you didn't deny my statement, so we shall procede under the assumption that you are gay, and have a vested interest in this argument...[/b]
Perhaps you should spend less time trying to analyze my motives than explaining your own. I should also point out that you have not refuted some of the labels that others have pasted on you, so should we procede under the assumption that you are arrogant, dogmatic and condescending? You seem to feign compassion for homosexuals, all the while trumpeting the call that they should not be let out of their "place" in society. CYA in action, eh? Sorry, but I don't buy it.

But, I do, in fact, have a vested interest. But not in the manner you and your haphazard assumptions might think. You see, I have strong reasons to believe that a now deceased close relative was, in fact, homosexual. His own life and the lives of those around him were traumatized by the fact that he was never able to come to terms with this aspect of himself. Outwardly, he was the epitome of masculinity, rough, crude and overbearing. He married, three times, and fathered five children. Yet, he would disappear for days at a time, and when his wives would question his whereabouts, he invited them to kiss his fist or stare down the barrel of a handgun. All three wives were subject to the most heinously degrading treatment. This man also had little to do with his children, and treated them as their mothers' concern, not his. He engaged in innumerable types of self-destructive behaviors, such as heavy drinking, gambling and borderline criminal activity.

He only ever really talked to one of his daughters, and the things she tells of their conversations makes both her and me believe that his frequent absences were centered around anonymous homosexual encounters. We have both been trying to understand why it is that this man was so wantonly destructive of both his own and his family's lives. The only conclusion we have been able to come up with is that he was completely consumed by self-loathing as a result of his inability to reconcile his homosexual proclivity with the straight world around him. He tried to fit in, but doing so caused far too much pain and suffering for himself and those who loved him. Thus, I am convinced that had society been more tolerant of his homosexuality, he wouldn't have felt compelled to try to appear straight, and thus might not have caused all the emotional upheaval.

But, hey, that's my family. I'm sure nobody else's family has any similar tales. Surely this is a unique and isolated instance.

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As it stands right now, the gay community does not have the political impetus for the remedies they seek, and are in fact quite in danger of marginalizing themselves with much of the public.[/b]
I am always fascinated by the dichotomy of your opinion on politics. On one hand, when it's convenient, you remind people that this is a Republic, not a Democracy, and that simple majority opinions are not political mandates. Yet, at other times, you seem to insist that the majority should rule with its values, and the minorities should just shut up and butt out. I detect a paradox here. Care to explain?

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Lot of anger there, old son. Well, you've got the same pants to get glad in, that you got mad in, and right now, here's one board member that doesn't give a rolling red rat's rectum which side of the fence you fall on.[/b]
Not only is there no anger on my part, I actually feel a bit of sorrow. It saddens me to see an obviously intelligent man reduced to name-calling and crudeness in an attempt to defend an untenable position.

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Lastly, society is painted in sweeping statements. It is a broad canvass, and I like to see a larger picture than most.[/b]
A classic case of desire not aligning with reality. You may believe you're seeing a broad picture, but it's more likely that your perspective is blocked by the blinders of the narrowness of your definitions and limitations of your experience. Thus, there are vast areas of the canvas that must be uncharted territory for you. Yet, you somehow feel compelled to opine on areas where your involvement is only marginally tangential, and certainly not personal.
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#800034 - 03/21/04 01:44 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Larry,

I didn't like the skit, but I have to agree with JackFrost on several points. While Kindergarden may be too young, my public school's sex education began in the 5th grade. That was not too early. I've helped deliver babies to 13 year old girls.

The one skit from cootie shots that you posted bothered me, for several reasons. I suspect I'd support many of the other skits.

No matter what you think, schools do not just teach reading, writing, and math. They also teach history, science, political theory, music, art, and hopefully, in doing so, they teach children to think.

Schools should try to expose children, in a safe way, to things they will experience and be faced with after school. That may be that after 8th grade, or after 22nd grade. No school that just teaches reading and math is worth attending. You know that. And while parents have the right to teach their kids intolerance, the public school system has the right to incorporate things to try to teach tolerance. This doesn't have to be social engineering, but it clearly will offend people who want to teach the opposite philosophy to their children.

Back to the skit, given it covers a sexual topic and has a value attached to it. It think that was wrong. I think the parents should have been given the option of opting/out even if that skit hadn't been part of the presentation, but if parents don't want their children to learn history, political thought, and social studies, they can home school them or find a private school. Most parents want their children to get the most out of school they possibly can.

Todd

PS) Earlier in this thread, I was as guilty of homosexism (making an assumption that someone is homosexual) as Jolly. Usually most of us are very heterosexist in our thinking, it's just playing the odds. This thread is an exception to that tendancy.
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#800035 - 03/21/04 02:10 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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There is a saying..

"do not judge another man till you have walked a mile in his shoes"

Some of y'all need to do some walkin.
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#800036 - 03/21/04 02:21 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Matt, thanks for sharing your story. As moving as it is, I dare say, it is not terribly uncommon. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of those who are so quick to condemn homosexuality were similarly forced to reckon with their own homosexual brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, children, co-workers within their owns circles.

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#800037 - 03/21/04 03:28 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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This thing of saying, "Hey, based on what you say you must be gay?" is K-6 playground bully stuff.

Even if he is gay, so what?
Even if he is straight, so what?

Perusing his orientation does not reflect well on you.
His orientation is not relevant to the discussion.
Besides, being gay is okay so this is not the treat you intend it to be.
He has nothing to fear.

Remember the civil rights movement?
White people to supported it were called n***** lovers.

All this parenting and school talk brings to mind the battles over school integration.
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#800038 - 03/21/04 04:59 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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The last pride parade I was in did not have NAMBLA there. I personally think that the pedo's of NAMBLA are disgusting and don't think they should be allowed to be in gay pride marches. I guess some think that they should be allowed because it's technically an 'alternative lifestyle.' Be that as it may, it's not one to be proud of. Pedophilia is a sickness and by associating with the gay community, the pride marches especially, NAMBLA makes people equate homosexuality and pedohilia. Pedohilia isn't an orientation. It's not about love, about being connected emotionally, spiritually. It's about having power over someone smaller and less powerful - a child. Most pedo's are heterosexual and have been abused themselves. (I'm not saying there aren't any gay pedo's because there are, but the vast majority are straight.) Instead of being proud of being pervs, the members of NAMBLA need psychiatric and psychological help.
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#800039 - 03/21/04 06:05 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Originally posted by SameKenny:


All this parenting and school talk brings to mind the battles over school integration. [/b]
Kenny.....children should be taught about sex when they are old enough to understand about biology. My kids have watch million 'nature' videos and the idea of mating is familiar and natural. Animals mate to reproduce and that is easy to understand... at least I would find it easy to explain in that context. I don't know how I would approach the subject of homosexuality. I'd like a year or two to mull that over.

The one gay man my children see regularly (and Kathy - he is a church organist BTW) would be mortified if they were to question his gayness.

To put things in perspective, I'm conservative about alot of things. I don't like music that tells a woman she'll get it in the butt. I don't let my kids see even PG 13 movies. I don't let them say trashy words. A play about cross-dressing seems a little 'out-there' to me. Shoot! I've only met one cross-dresser in my life, and I have hung around some wild people.
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#800040 - 03/21/04 08:09 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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It's probably worth while pointing out that this "play" is all of 100 words or less and is only a tiny part of the greater production of "Cootie Shots". The play right before it in the book (200 words at best) is a conversation between two students, one a Muslim and one a Mormon.

Ariel, you'd like the one just before that, it's called "Bright Orange Fingernails" \:D It's based on a true story about 4 young children who paint their fingernails different colors. Two of the children are girls and two are boys. The play is about what happens when the father comes to pick up one of the boys. BTW, there are loads of straight men in NY who get manicures. And it is something that existed years before "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" came on!

The play before that is called "At Your Age?!" and it's about age discrimination. The poem before that is about race, called "Chocolate Face". There's a play about a young girl in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy. Then there's a poem, "The Princess Petunia" about a princess who loves Violet instead of the prince her father has in mind. I like the way this one ends:

It warmed the king's heart, hearing Petunia's laughter,
And the two princesses lived happily ever after.
But the cherry on top of this chocolate-fudge sundae,
Was the king's proclamation, starting this Monday:
"All the peasants below and royals above
Are now free to marry whomever they love."


\:D

There's a play called "Matzoh", it's about being Jewish. There's "The Golden Rule" a dialogue between a young christian girl who explains the ashes on her forehead, a Jewish boy who explains his yarmulke, a sikh boy who explains his hair, his turban, and Guru Granth Sahib.

There are more plays and poems and songs about homosexuals, religion, ethnicity etc.

So although same-sex love figures in the production, it is not the focal point. There is no focal point other than diversity and tolerance of differences. I think it's unfair to hang "Cootie Shots" up by the thumbs for pushing a perverted agenda.
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#800041 - 03/21/04 08:28 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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#800042 - 03/21/04 08:47 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Larry, I really appreciate your sharing this thread with us. I had never heard of "Cootie Shots" before, and now that I have, I think I'll see if I can get our school system to arrange some performances. What a great idea - what a great way to teach kids tolerance and respect at an early age!

Here's their website.

Cootie shots - the play

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#800043 - 03/21/04 09:03 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Ok. And I'd like to schedule a weekly session with your kids, to teach them about the Republican party, Conservatism, and patriotism. I want to do plays and skits that shows the superiority of that choice over the one you've given them, and let them know that it if they feel this political philosophy is more to their liking, they should ignore you and go with it, because you are tolerant and won't mind.
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#800044 - 03/21/04 09:14 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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Jack Frost,

What color does KathyK paint your nails?

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#800045 - 03/21/04 09:31 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by SameKenny:
This thing of saying, "Hey, based on what you say you must be gay?" is K-6 playground bully stuff.

Even if he is gay, so what?
Even if he is straight, so what?

Perusing his orientation does not reflect well on you.
His orientation is not relevant to the discussion.
Besides, being gay is okay so this is not the treat you intend it to be.
He has nothing to fear.

Remember the civil rights movement?
White people to supported it were called n***** lovers.

All this parenting and school talk brings to mind the battles over school integration. [/b]
No, it doesn't.

Don't take my word for it. Do a bit of googling and see how well the black community is reacting to the association between the Civil Rights movement, and the current activity in the gay community.

You may be surprised at what you read.

Or, all black people can be homophobic bigots, also.
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#800046 - 03/21/04 09:51 PM Re: Has your K-6 grade kid had cootie shots yet?
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There is no denying "Cootie Shots" is pushing an agenda. It's just that the adgenda is not corrupted or perverted and I see it as a way of promoting the "Golden Rule".

Frankly, Larry, I think you're over reacting. You're more than free to create your own production pushing your own agenda. There is, furthermore, a way in which Cootie Shots' adgenda differs from yours; it doesn't presume to be superior.
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