I would respectfully submit that Scott did not post the bandwidth hog.
Perhaps I shouldn't have posted the update, which got you folks all riled up again. I read the story and thought it should be posted on this thread, to provide an update. It's what we do around here, isn't it?
Bob, you did nothing wrong. I just find it interesting that we only hear from certain posters whenever there's an opportunity for A) invective, or B) a chance to bash me.
Scott does have a longstanding rule that boring, repetitious posters will be bounced. Check out the FAQ's for more information.
As for the topic at hand, I believe that parents should always have the right to have their children opt out of any discussion or event at a public school that offends their beliefs, for whatever reason. That's the way our own school district does it, and I like the policy.
It stands to reason that some families are going to want a private education for their children, or homeschooling, if too much of a public school curriculum is offensive to them. I would definitely support vouchers, and freedom of choice for where one's children are educated. It's only fair, since they pay taxes toward that end.
Vouchers would put an end to most of the controversies like this one, imo.
Thanks Bob, I would have missed the story if you had not posted.
Charlotte, I don't understand your thinking. You said the Parker's could opt out, but then turn around and say they have no right to be notified.
"If it is that they consume too much bandwidth, why post band width hogs like this
(over 10 kilobytes)?"
Learn somethin' new everyday!
I have always wondered how much bandwidth was consumed by photos. :shock:
You can limit the bandwidth on the site by using HTML tags to link to offsight photos.
I usually use[b] img scr=" "[/b]
That forces your computer to link to the picture on another site.
George...any planned event the school has on sexuality and other topics...the parents can pull their child out. These parents wanted to be notified everytime a child wanted to discuss parents...including ones with same sex parents. If the parents are this upset with gay parents in the school...sounds like they need to take their kid out of public school. No one is trying to force sexuality on them....talking about parents is far from talking about sex.
Gay parents have just as much rights as Christian parents. If gay parents want to pull their kids out of sexuality classes..they can as well.
If kids are talking about their families among themselves during their free time, there is no advocacy involved by the school district. However, if one child subjects another to an unwelcome discussion of sex, the district has a current obligation to stop it.
Has anyone checked out information on the book "King & King" claimed to have been read at the kindergarten?
If I was a parent, I don't think I would be very happy if I found out this book was being read to my six year old.
Perhaps the teachers read it to students to help them better understand the homosexual families of classmates, or maybe it is part of indoctrinization - I don't know.
But what I do know, is if my child had a question about Susie in her class who has two daddies - I would want to be the one to talk to her about it. If I thought "King & King" was an appropriate book to help him/her understand, I would want to be the one to read it to him/her.
In kindergarten you should start learning how to read and write, do remedial math, and play nice with others.
If the other children are being mean to Susie because of her family or are asking a bunch of questions - I would expect to get a memo from the teacher. I would expect some sort of PTA discussion. I would expect some sort of collective solution agreed upon by parents and teachers.
I would be just as angry as the people in MA if the school decided to go over my head and just teach my child whatever they deemed appropriate.
Sex ed or not - homosexuality is a very controversial issue - any 'educated' person within a school system should recognize and respect that.
In a ruling Thursday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a judge who ruled in February 2007 that parents' rights to exercise their religious beliefs are not violated when their children are exposed to contrary ideas in school.
"Public schools are not obliged to shield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiously offensive, particularly when the school imposes no requirement that the student agree with or affirm those ideas, or even participate in discussions about them," the court said in its ruling.[/quote]