What’s Going on in Freshman Advisory at Deerfield High School in Illinois?

Thanks to the courage of local parents at Deerfield High School in Illinois, this ad recently ran in the community newspaper, the Deerfield Review.

D H S

WHAT’S GOING ON IN FRESHMAN ADVISORY?

FOR MANY YEARS, HOMOSEXUAL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN
SPEAKING ON A PANEL TO ALL FRESHMAN ADVISORY CLASSES.
IT IS SCHEDULED AGAIN FOR THIS YEAR ON MARCH 6 – 9.
WE BELIEVE THESE STUDENTS ARE BEING USED TO FURTHER
THE CAUSES OF GAY ACTIVISTS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL.

PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

  1. What teachers are preparing these students to speak? What personal information are they discussing with these students? Is it appropriate to have teachers discussing personal sexual behavior and choices with students?
  2. Why do they target freshman classes? Aren’t most of the students who are speaking upper classmen? Isn’t this a form of “bullying” younger students into thinking a certain way about the moral issue of homosexuality?
  3. Where are your panels of “socially awkward kids,” “fat kids”, “kids with speech problems” or “handicapped kids?”
  4. Since homosexuality is a high risk behavior, isn’t it irresponsible as educators to promote the “I’m okay, you’re okay” message to your students? Would you have a panel of students who are engaging in and promoting drug use, having oral sex, or underage drinking?
  5. What if a freshman is uncomfortable with an “up close and personal” encounter with gay students’ stories? What are they supposed to do? Don’t you think if these students walk out, or opt out, it will cause embarrassment to them? Won’t they be labeled homophobic or heterosexist? Wouldn’t this be hate speech?
  6. What about those students who have deeply held religious beliefs that homosexuality is morally wrong? Where is their panel? Do you think it’s your prerogative to teach a one-sided view to these students, undermining the teachings of their church, synagogue, or family?
  7. Why have you refused, in writing, to allow a parent of a freshman to observe this class? Why did two school board members, and our superintendent, cancel a meeting to discuss this issue with parents and taxpayers, in August of 2006, and subsequently refuse to meet?
  8. Last year, the gay activists in your building brought in an adult gay speaker/author who promoted his sexually graphic books and his web site that links to 43 gay bars and clubs, fetish groups, and worse. Is this a responsible action by educators? www.alexsanchez.com
  9. By encouraging gay students to come even further “out,” aren’t you creating the exact situation you’re supposedly trying to prevent – making them look and feel different? Is high school a time when kids naturally want to stand out or blend in? Some of your gay students are troubled and confused. Do you think it helps when you put them on display?
  10. Why is there no parental notification being given to offer an opt-out for these gay panel presentations? What else is going on in Freshman Advisory that parents don’t know about?

DHS – REIN IN YOUR STAFF WHO ARE USING THE SCHOOL
TO PROMOTE THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS!

If these issues concern you, please contact your District 113 School Board:

NORTH SHORE STUDENT ADVOCACY

NSSAdvocacy@aol.com

This article was posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at 5:31 pm and is filed under Boards, Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Books & Required Reading in Public Schools, Diversity & Tolerance Propaganda, Gay Straight Alliance, News, Sex-Ed Curriculum. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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