On May 27, board members of the Alameda Unified School District voted 3-2 to introduce a new curriculum that will expose children as young as five to homosexual activist propaganda. The curriculum is scheduled to begin in September. In addition, the school board has refused to allow parents to have their children “opt-out” from the classes.
The curriculum in question is defined as the “Safe Schools Curriculum Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” However, a quick look at the lesson plans reveals that the issue of “safety” is being used as an excuse for indoctrination.
Examples of the curriculum from the “Revised Lesson Plan” page on the Alameda Unified School District website:
First grade: The required book is "Who's in a Family?" by Robert Skutch. In a May 3, 2005 interview on National Public Radio, Mr. Skutch said "The whole purpose of the book was to get the subject [of same-sex parent households] out into the minds and the awareness of children before they are old enough to have been convinced that there's another way of looking at life."
Second Grade: The required book is “And Tango Makes Three,” the story of two male penguins who raised a penguin chick. The stated lesson purpose is “To be able to identify alternative types of family structures.”
Third Grade: The subject is “Talking About Families.” The single lesson aid is a film called “That’s a Family,” created by Debra Chasnoff and Helen S. Cohen. During San Francisco’s 2009 Pride Month “That’s a Family” was screened at Zeum, San Francisco’s children’s museum, as a celebration of “the city’s LGBT families during the same month as San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Celebration.” The filmmakers have also provided an accompanying curriculum for teachers using the film. Chasnoff, an open lesbian, is one of the founders of the national gay and lesbian quarterly Out/Look.
Fourth Grade: “Being an Ally.” “Ally” is a word that has a very specific meaning in the homosexual lexicon. An “ally” is a sexually normal person who approves of the homosexual agenda. Online examples can be readily found: Allyaction.org, whose motto is “One Classroom at a Time” or Allyweek.org, a project of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. The sole teaching aid used in the class: “Students will be introduced to an article by Robert, an 11 year old, whose family has 2 moms.”
Fifth Grade: “Discussing Stereotypes, Including Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.” The use of the word “Including” in the lesson title is misleading. Here is the “Lesson purpose“ in its entirety: “To define the word Stereotype; To learn that LGBT people are represented among all races, genders, religions, socio-economic classes and professions; To identify stereotypes about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; To learn that LGBT people have made important contributions within the United States and beyond.”
The next lesson, with no grade specified, is “Famous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People ( LGBT )”
Unsurprisingly, a majority (75% acording to Mr. Frank Lee) of parents found this objectionable. Especially troubling was the stipulation that parents would be unable to have their children “opt-out” of the classes. The Pacific Justice Institute is now taking up the parents cause, and has offered to represent them free of charge. Kevin Snider of the Pacific Justice Institute emailed:
“If you are a parent of a child who will be enrolled in AUSD schools for the 2009-2010 school year in grades K-5, you may wish to opt-out your child from the LGBT curriculum recently passed by the board. Attached is a simple opt-out letter that you can use. Please fill it out completely, sign your name and fax/send it to the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), care of Kevin Snider.
PJI will send in your letter to the District for you. The goal is for PJI to submit at least 100 opt-out letters to the District. As such, if you have friends and acquaintances who have children enrolled in AUSD schools for the 2009-2010 school year in grades K-5, please forward this email and letter to them.
Please note that the District may not honor your request to opt-out. If this occurs PJI will file administrative complaints with the District as well as a lawsuit, if necessary, to enable the parents to opt-out. PJI’s attorneys will represent the parents without charge.”
The Alameda curriculum is quite similar to that pioneered by the San Francisco Unified School District. Disturbingly, that curriculum was developed by an ex-Catholic priest.
On September 26, 1990 the Los Angeles Times reported: “The San Francisco school board has hired a gay former Roman Catholic priest to counsel homosexual students. ‘This program will send a message that all people are important no matter who they are,’ said Kevin Gogin, whose hiring was approved Tuesday night….He also will help coordinate a district-wide campaign to help eradicate prejudice against gay and lesbian students.”
Mr. Gogin continues to lead the San Francisco School District’s “Healthier Schools” project. Gogin, and his “partner” Dan MacPherson, were longtime parishioners at San Francisco’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer Church. MacPherson is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Education at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco.
For concerned parents, today's California Catholic Daily has more contact information.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney