Anoka-Hennepin School District Ends Silence Policy Toward Sexual Orientation

UPDATE - 2/14/12: The school board placed this information on their website about the change (scroll down to see the approved policy):The Anoka-Hennepin School District has a new policy designed to promote a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner that encourages development of critical thinking and decision-making skills."I believe this policy is the best thing for Anoka-Hennepin and for all … [Read more...]

Anoka-Hennepin featured in Rolling Stone expose on anti-gay bullying

I wrote about this district last year.Rolling Stone has a powerful article in their February 16, 2012 issue that is online here. Go read it. Now.The Parent's Action League (PAL) continues to be at the center of the problem, vilifying gays while they want the school to be silent on the subject. On their website, they write:Bullying of any kind, for any reason, towards any child must NOT be tolerated."Note: Respectfully disagreeing with a point of view or behavior is not bullying per … [Read more...]

Anoka-Hennepin School District's Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy

Currently, the Anoka-Hennepin School District (AHSD) in MN is under fire in relationship to eight suicides in the district over the last two years. Critics say they have not done enough to prevent the anti-gay bullying and harassment that often precedes despair and depression for kids who are same-sex attracted and those who are perceived to be.The AHSD added a page on GLBT issues to their website recently. The district neutrality policy is at the center of the controversy with some parents … [Read more...]

Primer on Anoka-Hennepin Suicides Controversy

ON Tuesday, I linked to a NYT article about the controversy over teen suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. In that post, I noted that a parents' group in the Minnesota district -- the Parent's Action League -- used books and articles from NARTH and Exodus to make the claim that gays can and should change their orientation. (I should have also noted the involvement of Mission America and the American College of Pediatricians as well since materials from both groups are used by the … [Read more...]


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