Thursday, April 24, 2008

Day of Silence " April 25th " is your child’s school on the list?

For the past couple years, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network has effectively hidden the list of schools participating in the Day of Silence. They have taken this step because too many parents were complaining to schools or school administrators were complaining to GLSEN because they did not know their school was listed and wanted it removed. This year the AFA of PA has been able to obtain that list!
As you review the lists, please remember that all it takes is one student, teacher or �outsider� to sign up any school. Administrators may not know their school is listed. Please keep this in mind when you contact your school.
Click here for a list of PA public schools participating.
Click here for a list of PA private schools participating.
The AFA of PA has joined a wide coalition of organizations encouraging parents to pull their kids out of school on the Day of Silence. Those who organize this protest day say it is used to promote school safety and expose bullying against students who identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender. But its true purpose is to promote the normalization of the homosexual lifestyle and to silence those who oppose it. The AFA of PA and the other members of the coalition believe all students should be provided a safe learning environment, but promoting a dangerous lifestyle presents another type safety issue. Remember in February Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called HIV/AIDS a 'gay disease.' Why should schools be promoting such a dangerous lifestyle?
1.) If your child's school is on one of the lists above, please contact the school and ask for their position on the Day of Silence. If the school is a willing participant, which includes permitting students to remain silent during classroom time (i.e. not answering questions when called upon) without negative academic consequences, then they are promoting the Day of Silence. Please consider keeping your children home from school on the Day of Silence, if your school is an active participant or is passively permitting the Day of Silence to happen. Let the school know why your child is not in school.