Did anyone hear about the "DAY of Silence" during INSTRUCTIONAL time in Dedham middle school sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)?

They are labeling it under bullying but it is chaired by LGBT.

No school should allow instructional time to be politicized.

Chris Masalsky April 11, 2014 at 02:49 PM
"Sez you" I suppose. Feel free to evidence that, thank you.
Chris Masalsky April 11, 2014 at 02:53 PM
This is from the Principal's memo, it doesn't specify anything about "instructional time," and absent that info, I have to believe they are holding the event in fidelity with GLSEN's protocols (which state "non-instructional time"): "On Wednesday, April 16th students are invited to take part in the Day of Silence. On that day students who sign up to participate will take a vow of silence to show their solidarity with those teens that have no voice because of race, religion, gender, or LGBT status. Additionally students may also choose to stay silent in taking a stand against bullying. To sign up and find out more information students should come to one of the after school meetings next week. The meetings will be held Monday, April 14th or Tuesday, April 15th. If you have any questions please see Dr. Fraczek or any leadership team member. Participation is on a VOLUNTARY basis."
steve April 11, 2014 at 03:04 PM
If they try any funny stuff with forcing kids or getting in trouble or singled out for not participating then there should be hell to pay. There is no room for this in public schools. They cry if you say Christmas but want this stuff in schools liberals are going to kill this country they are the biggest waste if space. If they want to do this crap have it on a Saturday .
Chris Masalsky April 11, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Steve, it's kids not saying anything. And to your point about Christmas, if kids want to take a vow of silence during non-instructional time in solidarity with those whose views on Christianity have been marginalized, they are more than welcome to do so.
Dan O'Neil April 14, 2014 at 07:20 AM
People have rights. Personally I accept people for who they are. I work in a diverse workplace. We do a yearly training. Instead of certain groups running something like this why not have a standard one day education to go along with the anti bullying policy. People should be allowed to be who they want to be without religion and lifestyles forced upon them. On a personal note though I don't think anyone should have a stroke about saying Merry Christmas. So I guess both your views are valid.


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