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Illinois school district bans GLSEN material over children’s diversity book

Friday, June 1, 2012

ERIE, Ill. — An Illinois school district has banned all student materials provided or endorsed by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, including learning materials and various programs aimed at preventing bullying.

The ban comes after parents complained that one of the books used to teach school children tolerance and diversity — Todd Parr’s “The Family Book” — mentioned that “some families have two moms or two dads.”

The parents argued that “those are issues that shouldn’t be taught at the elementary school level.”

But now, more than a hundred Erie residents have signed a petition outraged over the recent ban at the elementary level, reported WHBF-TV.

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Erie Community School District Superintendent Bradley Cox said that the curriculum will not be changed, only the materials used to teach the students will be different, and that under no circumstances will topics involving “alternative lifestyles” be discussed at the elementary level.

“I think its probably a bit of a misrepresentation to say that its just a few parents who have a concern when in fact at the end of the day it was a school board representing that views, values and philosophies of a community that really made the decision… I think our community has very clearly said if those topics come up with 6 year old or 7 year olds that they would rather have those topics discussed at home,” said Cox.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. Bigots unite against individuality!

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:13pm
  2. GLSEN should start endorsing *all* of their textbooks ;-{P}

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:59pm
  3. lol only in america does this shit happen!

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:47pm
  4. Oh great. Wait till AFA gets wind of this. They’ll try to make a nationwide movement out of it.

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 10:49am
  5. I think they should learn of these topics at an early age due to the fact that children are resilient that they have no bias it is like the school board wants to create future bigots or that it is such a threat to them to possibly have a future generation of all encompassing and accepting persons.

    Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 10:52am