Last month, there was news about how principal Eddie Walker opted to resign from his position because a Gay/Straight Alliance group was being formed at his high school.
Turns out the school board is trying to out-bigot him.
Later this month, they are going to hold a vote “on whether to ban all student clubs that don’t relate to academics or sports as a way to close a gay student organization.”
The vote has already been delayed so the school board can get “more public input.” Apparently, board members need advice on whether or not to limit how much education students can get in their district.
The first thought that went through my head: What clubs would be cut from the high school I work at if this rule were applied there?
Drama Club/Speech Team/Improvisation Club/Plays/Musicals would be gone.
Operation Snowball? Forget it.
Indian/Muslim/African-American student groups? No need for any of that, either…
And if you want to make the case that many of those groups are indeed academic, you could make the same argument for the Gay/Straight Alliance.
What’s more educational that learning about the oppression and hatred fellow students (in this case, LGBT ones) have to deal with on a regular basis?
(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)