school halts a report on Harvey Milk

Via Carnal Nation

According to ABC.com, a sixth grader in San Diego county was going to present a class report on Harvey Milk and was stopped because the school requires permission slips from the parents before teaching the kids about sex.

Now, I can understand having a concern that the report might be controversial, although I don’t see how it’s more controversial than doing a report on any other assassinated politician. And I can definitely understand why schools require parental permission before talking about sex. But requiring parental permission before talking about the biography of a gay person is NOT the same thing as talking about sex. That’s just silly.

Why is it that some people can’t talk about gay folks without thinking about sex? After all, I can talk about straight people without thinking about sex. It’s doesn’t have to be all that difficult.

The ACLU has stepped in and is suing the school unless the school apologizes and the student gets to do the report. Hopefully, rationality will prevail.

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