Take a Stand Against the Agenda: Empty the Halls on “Day of Silence”

The so called “Day of Silence” has nothing to do with education.  It is a waste of educational resources and sends the wrong message to our children.  The best way to discourage the practice of allowing these radical homosexual groups from commandeering our school systems is to vote with our feet, and take our tax dollars with us.

—Beetle Blogger

See this from CRI:

Capitol Resource Institute is encouraging families to keep students home from school on Friday, April 16, unless their schools expressly expect students to speak on that day.

April 16th is the Day of Silence, a campaign of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which is often used to make homosexual behavior appear normal on school campuses.

“Students should focus on academics in school. They should not be allowed to end their verbal engagement in class for a social agenda,” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute.

“We pay California teachers to teach — by speaking in classrooms — and teachers should also be expected to fully discharge their duties on all schooldays,” she said. “If a school allows teachers to stop teaching, it should not get tax dollars for educating our students on that day.”

By urging a one day absence, CRI joins more than two dozen organizations in the Day of Silence Walkout Coalition. The coalition includes organizations such as Concerned Women for America, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, and more. It reaches out to parents across the nation who do not want their children focusing on sexuality at school.

Classrooms and campuses should focus on academics, and any student harassment should be handled with appropriate school discipline. Yet Day of Silence is one of five GLSEN events that are designed to focus campus attention on student sexuality. These events — including No Name-Calling Week and TransAction! — take a total of 16 days.

In addition to these 16 days, California public schools regularly promote the acceptance of homosexual behavior in their school safety programs. State law equally prohibits the mistreatment of all students, whether homosexual, religious, or other students are harmed.

“Every parent, teacher, and student should oppose bullying of all kinds, but Day of Silence moves beyond simple opposition to bullying,” England said. “Day of Silence equates being anti-harassment with being in favor of homosexual behavior. That is unfair to the millions of people who are respectful and friends with homosexuals, while maintaining traditional views of male and female sexuality,” she said.

Call your school to ask whether it is permitting participating in Day of Silence. Schools do not technically sponsor this social protest, but hundreds permit or encourage it. To make sure there is no disconnect between the school office and your classroom, also contact your child’s teacher and ask whether students will be allowed to participate in the Day of Silence.

Also check whether your school has a Gay-Straight Alliance Club. If your school is among the 700 California public, private, and religious schools with a GSA, chances are high that silence will be observed by at least some people on campus.

“In every generation, parents need to teach their children about treating all people with respect, while maintaining their own convictions,” England said. “This is a great chance to do so.”

GSA Clubs

GLSEN

Day of Silence

Reasons for the Day of Silence Walkout

Watch the video that exposes the intolerance of those that promote the Day of Silence.

Louder than Silence

27 Comments

  1. Choice and Accountability said,

    April 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks BB! Good post. Any follow up as to how many people pulled their kids from school in protest?

  2. beetlebabee said,

    April 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

    not yet! In some areas they’re making the boycott a yearly event just to keep the school districts on their toes. It doesn’t take many to get the school district’s notice. Last year several of the moms in our area called to find out what the school planned to do about the day of silence. School officials had heard about the planned walk out and were falling all over themselves trying to assure parents that this was not something they encouraged or allowed. If the school is focused on education instead of politics, we should support them. Some schools are so politically lenient, that they even allow teachers to practice this day of silence at the expense of the curriculum. Follow up with your kids too. If the administrators are not telling the truth, then the only recourse parents have is to boycott.

  3. Kelly said,

    April 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I hope the Day of Silence Walkout is a huge success. It was a success last year, and I really, really hope the same is true this year. It just makes me angry that public schools in California are pushing this agenda on students when they should be teaching them reading, writing, and arithmetic! I’m not a Mom yet, but if I were, my kids would be homeschooled. My Dad used to work as a teacher, and when he retired, he worked for several years as a substitute teacher. He is no longer teaching now, and it’s a good thing he isn’t. Being the Christian he is, he would not want to teach at a school that is participating in the Day of Silence. The public school system has always had its flaws, but in recent years, it’s become increasingly worse. Rescue your children before this agenda is pushed on them any further, people! It’s important.

  4. Ross said,

    April 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Kelly: “I hope the Day of Silence Walkout is a huge success. It was a success last year, and I really, really hope the same is true this year.”

    I’m not sure I quite follow this contradiction. How exactly was the walkout a “success” last year? It seems the schools are still doing the Day of Silence, so not much has changed on that front…seems the walkout was only “success”ful in getting the kids who got pulled to miss a day of curriculum, not in changing the school procedure

  5. beetlebabee said,

    April 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    In school districts where the Day of Silence is promoted and encouraged it’s a lost day of education anyway. You might as well use it to teach your children at home. You can ask teachers for alternative assignments or just make up your own appropriate assignment. Last year a girl in our area used the opportunity to write an essay about freedom and responsibility that she published in the local paper. It was a productive day, and instrumental in letting the school districts know that their political indoctrination comes at a price to their schools. Power to the people. There are peaceful ways to encourage school districts to consider the position of parents who don’t believe in the politicization of education.

    How many districts like mine became aware of this and took efforts to make sure education hours were not preempted by the agenda of a few militant activists? The more parents and teachers are aware of their options, the better tools they have to effect change in sympathetic districts and bolster the strength of the ones taking a stand against the gay agenda. Many times, all the teachers need are a few active parents to give them reason to discourage homosexual activism from taking hold in their district.

  6. Kelly said,

    April 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Ross, I’m just telling you what I read about last year’s Day of Silence Walkout. All I know about it is what I’ve read, and it said that it was a huge success. I didn’t write the article, I just read it online. I know they’re still doing the Day of Silence, but maybe in time things will change if they continue to have a walkout every year. Only time will tell.

  7. Ross said,

    April 4, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Kelly, well if you believe everything you read in the papers…. ;)

  8. FSA said,

    April 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I’m going to volunteer in my daughter’s classroom on Friday 16 th (Kindergartner). Nothing straightens up teachers more than parents present during classes, uh? We shall see what she dares do, and if she does, what I will DO.

    Keeping the kids home and making the school lose $$$ is probably the best deal. Money talks. And that would hurt the school system the most.
    However, I’m savoring the idea of being there and having my say, all kids present in the classroom.

    I’m one of the Alameda parents dealing with the new LGBT curriculum that the school wants to adopt, and the school district is being sued for at least an opt-out clause (still pending an appeal day in court).

    Glad that the new Milk day on May 22 is on a Saturday this year. Or will they celebrate it on Friday or Monday? What other days to look out for?

    When is California going to have “I’m just normal” day ???

  9. beetlebabee said,

    April 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

    good question. I definitely think being there in the classroom as often as possible is the best hedge we have as parents against the slow creep of these political policies in our schools.

  10. Kelly said,

    April 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Ross, you don’t have to make me out to be some stupid little ditz! I subscribe to email newsletters from pro-family organizations, and they sent me this news via email. I trust these people to tell the truth about these issues. It’s their job to keep pro-family citizens, like myself, informed about what’s going on in our country. It’s not like i read it in some tabloid! And no, I don’t believe everything I read! But I do believe this. If this had been printed in the National Enquirer or some other tabloid, I would have my doubts. If you think I’m some stupid woman who believes everything she reads, you are wrong!

  11. beetlebabee said,

    April 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I think he just ran out of smart remarks.

  12. Kelly said,

    April 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

    LOL! I hope so, beetlebabee!

    Ross, I refuse to get into any more arguments with you. Consider yourself ignored!

  13. April 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Nice post, Beetle. Hope all is well. I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a while but I’m back at least for a visit. The Day of Silence is annoying enough to get more back blogging. Did you hear about Exodus International’s Day of Truth on April 15th? Nice idea if it will catch on. Check it out
    http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000012435.cfm#

  14. beetlebabee said,

    April 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I heard about that cal. I think it’s a great idea.

  15. Lisa~ said,

    May 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Where are you Beetle??

  16. Lisa~ said,

    July 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Anyone know whats going on with Beetle? shes never this quiet!

  17. charles said,

    August 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Hello …. same-sex pseudo-marriage now a “right” .. helloooooooooooooo

  18. brett said,

    August 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Well, if today’s news doesn’t bring her back, nothing will…

  19. brett said,

    August 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Beetle, wherefore art thou?

    Anybody else eying the exit (from California) now? I know we are.

  20. Taylor said,

    January 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Im aware this was posted a long time ago but i felt the need to say this. The Day of Silence is a protest that STUDENTS (no teachers) CHOOSE to participate in. I have participated for the past four years and i am an openly homosexual student. Teachers do not participate and do continue to teach the students on this day. Students are NOT forced to paticipate in this protest. We are not trying to say that homosexuality is right or wrong we are simply trying to be treated as equals.

  21. Taylor said,

    January 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    i know this was posted long ago but felt the need to say something. I fear you are misinformed. The Day of Silence is a day that STUDENTS (no teachers) may CHOOSE to participate in. The Teachers do not participate and treat the day like a regular school day. If a student doesn’t want to participate THAN DON’T! we aren’t forcing anyone to do anything! im tired of all these lies about the Day of Silence. I know what goes on because I am an openly homosexual student in high school. I have participated for the past 4 years. We are not treated as equals in our schools and dont try to tell me that we are because you haven’t seen some of the things that go on. several districts do not allow students to participate. Several students continue to do so though. And to Californiacrusader, The Day of Truth is a day that has never caught on and hopefully will not. it is a stupid idea made from some kid that was raised by people like you that choose to hate others. Unfortunatley that kid became the “poster buy” for this day. The Day of Hate as i call it. All they do is yell and insult others. All we do is be quiet. Why must we be hated for that?

  22. beetlebabee said,

    January 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Taylor, students are easily influenced by teachers with an agenda. The sad truth is that many schools where this day is observed have teachers actively pushing or allowing the anti-curricular observance. It’s counter productive in so many ways.

  23. Taylor said,

    January 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Teachers are not allowed to “push” any of the students to do something anti-curricular. Teachers and staff force us to speak on that day and have for several years. Every time i participated teachers continue as if it were a regular school day. The ONLY teacher allowed to promote this event is the teacher who is in charge of the GSA. More than half of the students dont know what the day is and call it “Gay Day.” As for schools that were observed its the teachers own god damn fault. They are not allowed to voice politcal opinions in class. And your idea of a way to fix it is “let me drag my kid out of class that day that will make it all better!” so your student will learn more from a non licensed teacher than a licensed one? Yup real smart.

  24. beetlebabee said,

    February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Teachers do push their students to do anti-curricular things, and it happens frequently. If it weren’t so, the “day of silence” wouldn’t be an issue. If kids do not attend class on that day, it hurts the schools, not children. There are plenty of “teacher prep” days that already eat into the learning hours. If that doesn’t harm them, then taking a principled stand won’t harm them. The teacher in your case who was put in charge of GSA would not have had such a warm welcome if his movement was responsible for the school losing education dollars.

    When the system doesn’t listen to parents, sometimes the only way left is to vote with your feet.

  25. Lisa~ said,

    February 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    “We are not treated as equals in our schools and dont try to tell me that we are because you haven’t seen some of the things that go on”

    Taylor, how are you not treated fairly? Are you not allowed to participate in and join any club or class that everyone who is not gay does? Are you forced to use seperate bathrooms or lunchrooms? I am really interested in how you think you are treated unfairly.

  26. 17figueroa said,

    April 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Go Taylor!! beetlebabee: ” It is a waste of educational resources and sends the wrong message to our children.” What you “adults” try to demonstrate to us “children” is to stand up for what we believe in, whether or not you agree, that’s your problem. You adults say “oh you kids think you know everything” , half the time we do because we decide to see things with our minds and not our eyes. If you disagree with it so much, why waste your time telling everyone you do?

  27. 17figueroa said,

    April 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    We are all equal, but different


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