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Union gave qualified backing for replacement curriculum draft.
"teachers and staffers should affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation." Who can disagree with this statement?
I would urge everyone, regardless of your stance on gay marriage or GLBT issues to read the article "School of Hate" in the latest Rolling Stone magazine. My parents are anti gay marriage, and this article changed them forever, made them hate themselves a little bit, question their beliefs. Even if you are against gay marriage, GLBT people and etc, creating an hostile atmosphere for students of this sexual orientation because of your bigotry is unacceptable.
This RS article is so needed. It brings our baggage to a world wide audience for the whole world to see our ignorance. The article kind of makes me ashamed to be a Minnesotan.
The redrafted policy still seems wholly inadequate to me. It directs teachers and other staff to "affirm" everybody's dignity and self-worth during "discussions" about issues, but it doesn't directly authorize them to intervene in bullying, which is what seems to be so desperately needed in this school district. Hard to understand why we need a policy for teachers to feel like they can stop kids from beating up and harassing other kids, but that's apparently the situation here. I just don't see how these mild, careful words will empower a teacher to intervene the next time some poor kid is being slammed into a locker and called names between classes.
I had no idea what all the fuss was over until I read the Rolling Stone article. I had thought this was all a political correctness flap. Too many kids have died. Make any policy you want, just make sure you use the "stick of enlightenment" on any hate in the halls.
"The article, called "One Town's War on Gay Teens," detailed the experiences of Brittany Geldert, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the district, and Justin Aaberg, an Anoka High School freshman who committed suicide in 2010." ---- Is the behemoth Anoka Hennepin District 11 finally LEARNING? Did making the correct decisions really require a national audience in order for you to instruct teachers and administrators about equal rights? Or, was it the expensive lawsuits that you faced?
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kd5757Feb. 6, 12 8:37 PM
"teachers and staffers should affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation." Who can disagree with this statement?_________________Apparently the bigots that inhabit the Parents Action League.
Local media, do your job! Local TV and newspapers, yes, this means you StarTribune, have been giving this story cursory coverage. It took a national publication to bring the full story to light. No wonder I read and hear comments like "I had no idea what all the fuss was over". What has happened to investigative journalism? Have your reporting staffs been cut so far that you're only covering the quick and easy stories from Twitter and Facebook? In-depth coverage of stories like this is what is important. Hey, you might even win a pulitzer.
Rolling Stone says """Suicide is a complex phenomenon; there's never any one pat reason to explain why anyone kills themselves. "Parent A" acknowledges that her daughter, Daughter A, likely had many issues that combined to push her over the edge, but feels strongly that bullying was one of those factors"""...........
Who reads this article without thinking it is journalism's version of a trashy novel with pseudo-pyschoanalysis? Fact: all suicides were investigated, none had clear ties to bullying. How about a review of the investigations--that would be journalism........ The RS story is so bizarre it does a disservice to a serious subject. The story itself admits home issues during this horrible economy were a big issue, then goes off on its predetermined tangent. Many of AHS schools are even outside of Bachmann's district, right? Isn't that a fact? Arent many students in the Paulsen district? Guess not in this story.........Fortunately, suicide is still a rare event, and of course the parents/family of suicide victims may try point blame away from the home environment, where kids spend likely 70% of their time, or more, week after week. Assigning blame is coping 101 for a guilt complex. This story acknowledges nobody know what drives suicide, but then rushes to judgement to trample the easy target-->the school district. I'll stick my golden rule on suicide prevention = the last person to seek advice from are the parents of victims. Objectivity will not be their forte. Sad, but true...... BTW, why isnt any of this horrible AHS bullying caught on cell phone video? Cant any journalist ask students to simply start recording the horrors at school. Cant the school? Want change--show us some phone video.......
I didn't realize the language had even been worked out yet? How can they approve something without seeing it? Or has the board already decided? Not trying to be a "debbie downer" just wondering at what point the "process stopped.
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