Public schools, aka social reengineering centers, have long sought to mold young minds. Extra curricular clubs, activities, events and speakers are brought into the school to enhance the overall educational experience. Why the schools can’t enhance the educational experience by teaching the kids to read, write and do math is a topic for a different post.
Some brilliant educrat came up with the wonderful idea that a Diversity Day would make the kids all warm and fuzzy and like each other better. As an added benefit the educrat would feel all warm and fuzzy and have implemented a project to justify its tax dollar funded job.
"GreggAttleson, a teacher on the Diversity Day planning committee, told the LaCrosse paper the intent is to introduce students to minorities and people with alternative lifestyles."
"Our students are not going to be living their lives out in Viroqua," said Attleson. "They'll be out and about in the world – in jobs, in the military, in the university – and they're going to come into contact with people of different backgrounds. And we feel it would be real helpful for them in a nice safe place, like a high school, to have contact and be able to dispel some of the stereotypes."
So what is the Diversity Day story about anyway? On one hand it looks like a way to introduce kids to topics and issues common in current events. Sort of an open forum to facilitate discussion on issues in modern society. Who could be against that? Apparently the homosexual activists.
"Attleson said the homosexual couple scheduled to speak refused to be on the program alongside an "ex-gay" viewpoint, saying they would be uncomfortable."
"The committee then decided it would be best to cancel the whole program."
Did you catch that? The gays cancelled and then the school decided to call the whole thing off. What about all the other groups that were coming? Don’t the religions of the world deserve a chance to be heard? What about the racial minorities, the poor, the handicapped and, god forbid, the ex-gays and Christians?
No, those groups aren’t important to a diverse and tolerant world, at least not as important as the homosexuals. If the queers can’t come because they “feel uncomfortable” we’ll just call the whole thing off.
"Non-positive groups were not what we were going for," said committee member Ellen Byers in response to the decision to cancel.
Um, I thought it was about diversity Ellen. Not hand picking the ideas and insulating them from rational critique. “Non-positive groups” is code for anyone with traditional moral values that don’t agree with us. Perhaps the folks running the schools in
Call it by a name that describes what you believe in: “Butt Sex and Muffin Munching for Minors Day, “Kinky Krap for Kids”, or “Stuff We Want to Teach Instead of Reading”.