Play is training for Anoka-Hennepin teachers

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2012 - 9:29 PM

Anoka-Hennepin collaborates with theater group to tackle bullying.

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rshacklefordJan. 16, 12 1:28 AM

"The north metro district has been under fire over the past year or more for how it has responded to complaints of bullying." My view has been that administrators and teachers have used the 'ostrich head in the sand' approach up until recently. But from this article: "The district has been emphasizing that the bullying and harassment policies 'trump' the so-called neutrality policy, which says teachers may not take a stand when those issues come up. Rather, the training contained several references to 'creating safe and affirming schools.'" This is where I hope that the 'safe and affirming' statement means the discriminatory and wrongful treatment of GLBT students will stop and that their orientations will be affirmed (ie positively recognized) by teachers and administrators.

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godiveJan. 16, 12 6:57 AM

"No general funds were used." Is the strib trying to infer that no tax money is used? Where do you think the money in the two funds cited come from?

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tomstromieJan. 16, 12 8:12 AM

Good grief! The company for which I work did something very similar with a different theater group in regards to diversity about 8 years ago. It was a tremendous waste of time and resources. The situations presented were simplistic and unrealistic. Don't tell me we don't have enough money if funds are available to be spent this type of activity.

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knucklebrainJan. 16, 12 8:55 AM

School districts and public education constantly whine about money; especially this particular district. To hear their superintendent, you'd think that Armageddon was upon us if the voters didn't renew the levy. When the levy passed, voters just signed up for another 10 years of this nonsense. Over 90% of teachers surveyed would say it's a complete waste of time and money. Maybe the play itself is paid for with stimulus funds, but our local tax dollars are paying the teachers for an entire day. In a district as large as Anoka Hennepin, that's quite a chunk.

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privateeyeJan. 16, 12 9:30 AM

Over 90% of teachers surveyed would say it's a complete waste of time and money.--As a resident of this community, please provide the link to support this. I would be interested to see it.

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lrnmthJan. 16, 1210:20 AM

knucklebrain ... Please don't make up data. There is enough abuse and misuse of real data. If you have real data, then present the actual survey.

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julieclimbJan. 16, 12 6:19 PM

As an exec at CLIMB, I feel like I can comment on some of the responses this article has gotten. @tomstromie - I don't know what theatre company you worked with, but it doesn't sound like they met your needs. I'm sorry to hear that. As this article states, we work very hard to make sure that we are representing realistic scenarios in our performances and as the teachers helped us to write this show, I'm sure they will find it relevant. @knucklebrain - I can't tell if you are referring to the levy or to this particular article, but all teachers will fill out an evaluation after our performance so we'll know exactly how many of them felt it was a waste of their time. I'm guessing that percentage will be extremely minute, as CLIMB works in many of their schools already and their evaluations are overwhelmingly positive.

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mike2636Jan. 17, 12 9:53 AM

This school district needs to tell all these special interest lobbies to pound sand and hire a lawyer. They have been held hostage now for how many years to the anti-bullying and LBGT policital lobbies, who ironically use extreme political correctness and tactics that demonstrate they are some of the biggest bullies around. Schools are supposed to teach. Morals need to be instilled by parents, teachers simply don't have time because they spend too much time out of school....like yesterday.

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