Education Muted by Day of Silence


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Education Muted by Day of Silence

“Last year, our organization fielded hundreds of calls from concerned parents and school officials, who wanted to know more about the Day of Silence and who did not want to be associated with it in any way,” said Linda Harvey, founder of Mission:America.

The official Day of Silence purpose is to combat bullying, by providing a silent picture of oppression that society imposes on homosexuals. It is spearheaded by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which promotes more than two weeks’ worth of sexuality-focused events in schools across the nation, including Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence Walkout Coalition includes organizations such as Concerned Women for American, American Family Association, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, and more.

Everyone should oppose bullying, but this event sends the message that to be anti-harassment, students must approve of homosexual behavior. That is not a tolerant message.

Beyond sexuality issues, staying silent makes it hard to fully engage in the academic process. Teachers are paid to talk. Students clarify their understandings by asking questions. Even school counselors — like the one who looked silently at a California girl, who was in tears over the silent glares that her teacher and peers gave her in class — must speak to discharge their normal duties.

“Different schools will see different levels of participation. Yet placing students in school, whatever the level of participation, is an implicit acceptance of this event,” said Karen England of CRI.

Schools do not officially sponsor or endorse GLSEN’s Day of Silence, but many permit participation. “As parents, we should expect full academic engagement every school day, not silence for the sake of social activism,” England said.

Find out whether your school is allowing Day of Silence, by contacting both the school and your child’s teacher. Schools made an effort to be aware of what happens on campus, but sometimes cannot follow everything that happens in classrooms. —Capitol Resource Institute

Day of Silence official website

What can you do? Walk-out counter protest:

The Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches. This year it will take place in most public schools on April 17. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day-even during instructional time-to promote GLSEN’s socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven, and destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.

Parents must actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes. Please join the national effort to restore to public education a proper understanding of the role of government-subsidized schools. Please help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child’s school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the Day of Silence.

Parents should call their children’s middle schools and high schools to ask whether the administration and/or teachers will be permitting students to remain silent during class on the Day of Silence.

If students will be permitted to remain silent, parents can express their opposition most effectively by calling their children out of school on the Day of Silence and sending letters of explanation to their administrators, their children’s teachers, and all school board members. One reason this is effective is that most school districts lose money for each student absence.


1 Comment

  1. April 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the write up BB. It is rather arrogant of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to assume that everyone wishes to support the “gay agenda” and have it forced upon public schools.

    Bullying of people who suffer from a same sex attraction is wrong and needs to be spoken about, but pushing the disorder as though it were normal along with its host of social changes is unacceptable.

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