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					9/22/10	
  

                                 Defining	
  Neutrality	
  in	
  Anoka-­Hennepin’s	
  
                                  Sexual	
  Orientation	
  Curriculum	
  Policy:	
  
                                          An	
  Overview	
  for	
  Schools	
  
	
  
IMPORTANT	
  
The	
  Sexual	
  Orientation	
  Curriculum	
  Policy	
  relates	
  to	
  curriculum	
  and	
  classroom	
  
discussions	
  –	
  it	
  is	
  separate	
  from	
  Anoka-­‐Hennepin’s	
  harassment	
  and	
  bullying	
  policies.	
  
Staff	
  are	
  not	
  to	
  remain	
  neutral	
  when	
  they	
  see	
  or	
  hear	
  harassment	
  or	
  teasing	
  (including	
  
during	
  class)	
  –	
  they	
  are	
  to	
  intervene,	
  stop	
  the	
  harassment,	
  explain	
  that	
  the	
  
language/behavior	
  is	
  not	
  tolerated	
  in	
  school	
  and,	
  if	
  necessary,	
  refer	
  the	
  student	
  to	
  the	
  
school	
  office.	
  
	
  
Key	
  provisions	
  in	
  the	
  policy:	
  
Discussions	
  in	
  class	
  should	
  be	
  fact-­‐based,	
  age-­‐appropriate	
  and	
  relevant	
  to	
  the	
  class.	
  
Examples	
  of	
  handling	
  instances	
  when	
  GLBT-­‐related	
  topics	
  come	
  in	
  class	
  (with	
  a	
  focus	
  on	
  
the	
  secondary	
  level)	
  will	
  be	
  provided	
  at	
  a	
  later	
  date,	
  after	
  district	
  officials	
  have	
  sought	
  
input	
  from	
  teachers	
  and	
  school	
  administrators.	
  
	
  
Some	
  examples	
  of	
  what	
  is	
  neutral	
  and	
  what	
  is	
  not	
  
The	
  list	
  below	
  contains	
  a	
  few	
  examples,	
  but	
  it	
  is	
  not	
  exhaustive.	
  Direction	
  from	
  district	
  
leaders	
  (including	
  building	
  leaders)	
  will	
  never	
  cover	
  every	
  instance	
  or	
  situation	
  involving	
  
our	
  schools	
  and	
  GLBT	
  issues.	
  The	
  overarching	
  concern	
  for	
  every	
  employee	
  should	
  be	
  the	
  
safety	
  of	
  each	
  student	
  and	
  the	
  ability	
  of	
  every	
  child	
  to	
  get	
  an	
  education	
  in	
  a	
  school	
  free	
  
from	
  harassment.	
  
	
  
Example	
  	
                      Is	
  it	
  neutral?	
                       What’s	
  not	
  neutral	
  …	
   Harassing	
  of	
  GLBT	
  
                                                                                                                     students	
  
Wearing	
  a	
  rainbow	
   This	
  is	
  largely	
  a	
  free	
                Handing	
  buttons	
  out	
   Ignoring	
  degrading	
  
flag/pink	
  triangle	
            speech	
  issue	
  and	
                     to	
  students	
  during	
           comments	
  that	
  are	
  
button	
  or	
  posting	
   teachers	
  do	
  not	
  give	
  up	
   the	
  school	
  day.	
  	
                      directed	
  at	
  
one	
  of	
  these	
  in	
  my	
   this	
  right	
  when	
  they	
              	
                                   someone	
  wearing	
  
class.	
                           enter	
  school.	
  So,	
  yes	
             Allowing	
  something	
   these	
  buttons.	
  	
  
                                   this	
  is	
  permitted.	
                   you’re	
  wearing	
  or	
  a	
  
                                   However,	
  teachers,	
  like	
   sign	
  in	
  a	
  classroom	
  to	
  
                                   students,	
  are	
                           distract	
  your	
  class’s	
  
                                   responsible	
  for	
                         attention	
  or	
  to	
  lead	
  
                                   maintaining	
  the	
  learning	
   to	
  a	
  class	
  discussion	
  
                                   environment.	
  There	
  are	
   about	
  sexual	
  
                                   students	
  who	
  may	
  be	
               orientation.	
  
                                   uncomfortable	
  or	
                        	
  
                                   intimidated	
  by	
  their	
                 Be	
  aware	
  that	
  an	
  
                                   teacher	
  wearing	
  these	
                organized	
  plan	
  by	
  
                                   symbols,	
  and	
  they	
  too	
             building	
  faculty	
  to	
  
                                   have	
  a	
  right	
  to	
  an	
             wear/display	
  a	
  


	
  
9/22/10	
  


Example	
  	
                   Is	
  it	
  neutral?	
                   What’s	
  not	
  neutral	
  …	
   Harassing	
  of	
  GLBT	
  
                                                                                                               students	
  
                              education.	
                               button	
  or	
  symbol	
  
                                                                         could	
  be	
  viewed	
  as	
  
                                                                         the	
  school’s	
  support	
  
                                                                         of	
  a	
  particular	
  
                                                                         opinion	
  rather	
  than	
  
                                                                         individual	
  
                                                                         expressions	
  of	
  free	
  
                                                                         speech,	
  even	
  if	
  the	
  
                                                                         intention	
  is	
  to	
  
                                                                         support	
  students.	
  	
  
Participating	
  in	
         This	
  is	
  matter	
  of	
  job	
        Singling	
  out	
  or	
               Ignoring	
  degrading	
  
“Day	
  of	
  Silence”	
      performance.	
  Because	
                  isolating	
  a	
  student	
           comments	
  that	
  are	
  
                              teachers	
  have	
  to	
  talk	
  as	
   during	
  class	
  who	
  is	
          directed	
  at	
  a	
  
                              part	
  of	
  their	
  jobs,	
  it	
       participating	
  in	
  Day	
          student	
  
                              would	
  be	
  impossible	
  for	
   of	
  Silence.	
                            participating	
  in	
  Day	
  
                              a	
  teacher	
  to	
  participate	
   	
                                         of	
  Silence.	
  
                              and	
  still	
  fulfill	
  their	
         Students	
  should	
  be	
  
                              duties.	
  	
                              informed	
  ahead	
  of	
  
                                                                         time	
  if	
  they	
  have	
  
                                                                         assignments	
  or	
  class	
  
                                                                         participation	
  that	
  
                                                                         require	
  them	
  to	
  
                                                                         speak,	
  the	
  Day	
  of	
  
                                                                         Silence	
  is	
  not	
  an	
  
                                                                         excuse	
  to	
  not	
  
                                                                         participate	
  in	
  class	
  
                                                                         activities.	
  Work	
  with	
  
                                                                         your	
  school	
  
                                                                         administration	
  if	
  you	
  
                                                                         have	
  special	
  
                                                                         concerns.	
  
Acknowledging	
               Anoka-­‐Hennepin	
                         Recruiting	
  students	
              Directing	
  
your	
  personal	
            respects	
  personal	
                     for	
  activism	
  (e.g.	
            comments	
  
support	
  for	
  GLBT	
      beliefs,	
  but	
  class	
  time	
  is	
   asking	
  them	
  to	
  sign	
  a	
   (including	
  
people	
  and/or	
  gay-­‐ not	
  the	
  appropriate	
                   petition).	
  Contacting	
   potentially	
  
rights	
  issues,	
  like	
   venue	
  to	
  talk	
  about	
             students	
  at	
  home	
  or	
   supportive	
  ones)	
  at	
  
gay	
  civil	
  unions	
      what	
  you	
  believe	
  on	
  this	
   via	
  personal	
  e-­‐                 a	
  student	
  or	
  in	
  
                              topic.	
  This	
  could	
  also	
          mail/cell	
  phone	
  for	
           reference	
  to	
  a	
  
                              intimidate	
  students	
  who	
   this	
  purpose	
  is	
                        student	
  who	
  has	
  
                              have	
  strong	
  beliefs	
                inappropriate	
  and	
  is	
   not	
  publicly	
  
                              (religious	
  or	
  otherwise)	
   an	
  improper	
  use	
  of	
                 identified	
  as	
  GLBT.	
  
                              about	
  homosexuality	
  –	
   student	
  data.	
  


	
  
9/22/10	
  


Example	
  	
                    Is	
  it	
  neutral?	
                            What’s	
  not	
  neutral	
  …	
   Harassing	
  of	
  GLBT	
  
                                                                                                                     students	
  
                                 and	
  they	
  have	
  same	
  
                                 rights	
  to	
  an	
  education	
  
                                 as	
  every	
  other	
  student	
  
                                 in	
  your	
  class.	
  
Stating	
  your	
  belief	
      As	
  in	
  the	
  example	
               See	
  immediately	
                        Personal	
  beliefs	
  –	
  
that	
                           immediately	
  above,	
  you	
   above.	
                                              even	
  strongly	
  held	
  
homosexuality	
  is	
            shouldn’t	
  take	
  class	
                                                           ones	
  –	
  are	
  not	
  an	
  
wrong.	
                         time	
  to	
  explain	
  your	
                                                        excuse	
  for	
  ignoring	
  
                                 personal	
  beliefs	
  on	
  this	
                                                    or	
  tolerating	
  
                                 topic.	
  You	
  will	
  likely	
                                                      harassment	
  in	
  your	
  
                                 intimidate	
  students	
  who	
                                                        school	
  based	
  on	
  
                                 are	
  gay	
  or	
  who	
  have	
  gay	
                                               sexual	
  orientation.	
  
                                 relatives.	
  	
                                                                       Employees	
  have	
  a	
  
                                                                                                                        responsibility	
  to	
  
                                                                                                                        keep	
  schools	
  safe	
  –	
  
                                                                                                                        which	
  includes	
  
                                                                                                                        safety	
  for	
  gay	
  
                                                                                                                        students.	
  
A	
  student	
  brings	
         The	
  district	
  recognizes	
                   Dismissing	
  a	
                    Ignoring	
  the	
  
homosexuality/GL                 that	
  an	
  important	
  part	
                 student’s	
                          comment	
  “That’s	
  
BT	
  issues	
  in	
  your	
     of	
  teaching	
  is	
  reacting	
                comment/statement	
                  so	
  gay.”	
  Call	
  it	
  out	
  
class	
                          to	
  what	
  students	
  bring	
                 in	
  such	
  a	
  way	
  that	
     as	
  inappropriate.	
  
                                 into	
  the	
  class.	
  Pay	
                    denigrates	
  GLBT	
  
                                 attention	
  to	
  whether	
                      issues	
  or	
  people.	
  
                                 it’s	
  directly	
  relevant	
  a	
               	
  
                                 lesson.	
  If	
  you	
  can’t	
  find	
           	
  
                                 a	
  way	
  to	
  make	
  a	
  good	
  
                                 connection	
  to	
  your	
  
                                 lesson,	
  it’s	
  is	
  best	
  to	
  find	
  
                                 a	
  way	
  move	
  on.	
  The	
  
                                 teacher	
  should	
  not	
  
                                 interject	
  his/her	
  
                                 personal	
  opinions,	
  
                                 should	
  stick	
  to	
  known	
  
                                 facts,	
  keep	
  the	
  
                                 discussion	
  short	
  and	
  
                                 find	
  appropriate	
  
                                 connections	
  to	
  the	
  
                                 lesson.	
  
                                 	
  
                                 It	
  may	
  be	
  important	
  to	
  
                                 convey	
  that	
  it	
  does	
  not	
  


	
  
9/22/10	
  


Example	
  	
                       Is	
  it	
  neutral?	
                        What’s	
  not	
  neutral	
  …	
   Harassing	
  of	
  GLBT	
  
                                                                                                                    students	
  
                                    matter	
  what	
  students	
  
                                    think	
  or	
  believe	
  about	
  
                                    gay	
  people	
  or	
  
                                    homosexuality	
  –	
  when	
  
                                    they’re	
  in	
  school	
  it’s	
  not	
  
                                    OK	
  to	
  make	
  jokes	
  or	
  
                                    harass	
  someone	
  based	
  
                                    on	
  sexual	
  orientation.	
  
A	
  student	
  writes	
  a	
       Yes	
  this	
  is	
  neutral,	
  as	
      	
                                   Returning	
  the	
  
paper	
  related	
  to	
            long	
  as	
  it’s	
  self-­‐initiated	
                                        assignment	
  and	
  
homosexuality/GL                    by	
  the	
  student.	
  As	
  with	
                                           asking	
  for	
  a	
  rewrite	
  
BT/gay	
  civil	
  rights	
         any	
  assignment	
  you	
                                                      based	
  solely	
  upon	
  
–	
  pro	
  or	
  con	
  	
  	
     would	
  ensure	
  it	
  meets	
                                                content;	
  or	
  making	
  
                                    the	
  objectives	
  of	
  the	
                                                comments	
  on	
  the	
  
                                    course.	
                                                                       paper	
  that	
  
                                                                                                                    specifically	
  oppose	
  
                                                                                                                    the	
  ideas	
  instead	
  of	
  
                                                                                                                    focusing	
  on	
  the	
  
                                                                                                                    process	
  and	
  the	
  
                                                                                                                    student’s	
  learning.	
  
	
  




	
  

				
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