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Friday, January 20, 2012

GLSEN releases its Curriculum for Elementary Students Aligning with Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

Long time readers of this blog know we have been calling for the legislators to provide relief from the implementation of the Common Core standards.  

If you, as a parent, appreciate your elementary student being taught about LGBT issues through Common Core standards via English Language Arts, you applaud Missouri's adoption of Common Core standards.

If you, as a parent, believe this is an issue to be taught at home at an age appropriate time determined by you, then the Common Core curriculum is not curriculum you should support.  It probably won't do much good to talk to your school principal if this is adopted, nor DESE.  This will be implemented by our 26 state consortia for students to learn and teachers to teach.

From the article in Education News:

The GLSEN toolkit outlines its application within the Common Core States Standards for English Language Arts and the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) Standards (4th Edition).

What happened to schools telling children to be nice to everyone because they were  a human being?  Why are we demanding children to be nice to everyone based on their sexual orientation to the world? Students should be taught to be respectful to each other because of a shared humanity, not because of a particular trait. 

“Our latest research on bias-based remarks and bullying in America’s elementary schools provides new understanding of the experiences facing our youngest students,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. “Ready, Set, Respect!is a new instructional resource informed by our findings to address homophobia, gender expression and LGBT-inclusive family diversity at the elementary school level.”

Ready, Set, Respect! contains suggested lesson plans that focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity. The templates are designed for teachers to use as either standalone lessons or for integration into existing curriculum content or school-wide anti-bullying programs. The toolkit also contains helpful tips for teaching more inclusively and intervening in bullying and promoting respectful recess playtime and physical education.

Do you just possibly think there is a different agenda present in this push to teach 1st graders about these issues?  The 68 page report from GLSEN may be found here.


  1. "Students should be taught to be respectful to each other because of a shared humanity, not because of a particular trait." Unconditional love is something so difficult for hard core liberals to understand. Teaching acceptance on this case by case basis will take forever. The broader approach, of recognizing our shared humanity, will accomplish the same goal faster.

  2. Well the good news is that the children will be well prepared to go to one of the many social justice charter schools that are opening around the country. These school are being founded and supported by groups like GLSEN. The first one was opened in Chicago under Arne Duncan's watch. No one was more proud of the the nation's first Gay Charter School.

    Actually, that is the great thing about all of these new charter schools. They have the ability to use federal money to cater to various minority groups. Many of them are being founded and run by groups like LA RAZA and Gulen supporters. There are even more that are being sponsored and run by investment bankers, hedge funders, and venture capitalist. I guess they will help these kids become more sensitive to big-business Wall-Street types. Thankfully, we have people locally like Rex Sinquefield fighting court battles to have access to the empty schools, so he can setup his own investment banker type of charter schools for our kids.

    Look for one coming soon to your neighborhood.

    Patty R.


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