It turns out students benefit from diversity. Meeting people who seem “different” from them is a good thing! Who knew, right? Tolerance.org knew, and is promoting “Mix it up” as a way for kids at school to get to know their fellow classmates that they otherwise might not hang out with.
In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 30 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
Good idea, right? Students getting to know other students, reaching outside the normal social group.
Naturally, a group with “Family” and or “Moral” in their name has an issue with this. Such as Bryan Fischer, with the American “Family” Association,
“…just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda…”
– Bryan “Bigot4Jesus” Fischer
Thanks American “Family” Association! I was worried that schools were planning on ways for students to get to know other students on a more personal level, and reduce intolerance and bullying that stems from ignorance. Luckily for your fearmongering, now parents can know if they want to raise little bigot junior, October 30 is the day to keep their kid home.
I’m going to borrow a line from a Kansas City writer I know,
If there is any lesson to be gleaned from the AFA’s latest butchery of rationality, it is this: If an organization claims to be protecting us from immorality, you can almost bet that the organization itself is devoid of it. Groups like the AFA do not base their actions on compassion, humanity or morality, and like the Westboro Baptist Church clan, they are fixated on homosexuality to a pathological degree.
Countdown until we hear about a prominent leader of American “Family” Association caught in an airport bathroom?
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