Anoka-Hennepin to rework 'controversial topics' policy

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 9:05 PM

Officials working on a "controversial topics" policy hope to have a new draft ready for public by Monday.

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minn12Jan. 18, 12 5:52 PM

First of all, why are 'controversial' topics even being discussed? How about getting back to basic learning. Secondly, I see NO reason why any teacher would need to disclose their personal beliefs on topics. Once they do, then the other half of the class with a DIFFERENT belief will feel intimidated or marginalized. If 'controversial' topics are discussed, let the teacher be the referee and NOT take sides. Anoka should NOT cave into the out-of-state radical agitators, who have nothing else in mind other than getting THEIR AGENDA somehow injected into our local schools. Time to draw the line. A basic policy against bullying of ANYONE is all that is needed. No 'special rights' for ANY group.

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gcrileyJan. 18, 12 6:21 PM

A parents group that opposed scrapping the neutrality policy presented a set of demands, including that the district provide resources for "students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders."-- Interesting, we have been in the district for 11 years and have never been contacted by this "Parents Group". Leads me to beleive they are a small group trying to push their agenda on everyone.

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hoocoodanodeJan. 18, 12 7:45 PM

Why these fundamentalist Christians so full of hatred and fear? Seems like they don't know ANYTHING about the most basic teachings of their own religion? Jesus was exactly the opposite of these modern followers. Question is, what teachings are they following?

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strongmomJan. 18, 12 8:45 PM

This really gives me hope, the board's willingness to realize we have a need to really recognize and respect every student and not just claim that's what we're doing is a really good thing. I look forward to hearing the proposed changes and believe we are closer than we've ever been to putting to rest this awful chapter in our collective history which in and of itself can be the bridge that connects our present to the future while leaving the past where it belongs...in the past.

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rshacklefordJan. 18, 12 9:27 PM

"strongmom: This really gives me hope, the board's willingness to realize we have a need to really recognize and respect every student and not just claim that's what we're doing is a really good thing." Yes, it is a good thing but it actually took national scrutiny on AH11 due to the lawsuits. It took money...sadly. The board and admin would never have touched this issue unless totally forced to.

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joeljyJan. 18, 1211:14 PM

It takes strength, determination, and lawsuits to get the attention of the Anoka Hennepin Board. Hopefuly, other school districts will take notice and find ways to support all students on their respective journeys/

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orpheus90Jan. 19, 1212:27 AM

From the article: Opposition to the proposed Controversial Topics policy has broken into two camps: those who worry that it would marginalize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender [etc] ...and those who believe that losing the neutrality policy would open the door to gay activists hoping to influence what goes on in the classroom." the article goes on to state: "A parents group that opposed scrapping the neutrality policy presented a set of demands, including that the district provide resources for "students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders." ...... Uh, let me understand this: the same group worried "gay activists" will suddenly take over the classroom are demanding the right to blitz the very same classroom with their own brand of activism, including a parade of religious pharisees peddling the fraud of ex-gay therapies and bigotry masquerading as religious moralism? I truly feel sorry for the students in Anoka-Hennepin. It appears the only thing they're about to get is a lesson in jaw-dropping, shameless hypocrisy.

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bigman1000Jan. 19, 12 5:37 AM

Here is why neutrality worked...teachers could then concentrate on teaching kids reading, writing and arithmitic. If changing this then they can start having a voice on how to think regarding moral issues (my job as a parent)I wouldn't mind it so much to change and have teachers express, but it only works one way, the liberal way. If a teacher expressed PERSONAL feelings not favoring the gay agenda then they would be punished. Any changes need to be reflected for ALL sides because this is America. See the problem this presents, leave it neutral, let teachers teach and not tell my child how wonderful the gay agenda is. P.S. I do have gay friends and am not homophobic

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mohawk1953Jan. 19, 12 6:24 AM

The district can never win this, unless they give in 100% to the glbt agenda. This is a group that continues to state they don't want special treatment, but with every turn, that's what they ask for. Equal treatment is fine, but that's not what they want.

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ammunraJan. 19, 12 6:35 AM

bigman1000 -- You're right. The blood-stained path littered with a few bodies of gay teenagers who felt so marginalized and helpless they took their own lives has been working out well enough so far that we should just keep status quo. I mean, it wasn't YOUR child that died, so why bother?

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