Our Readers Write
Dear Editor; To: Principal Don Yavis, Steve Neilson, Cam McKeage, Education Minister David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley and to whom ever it may concern,
Hi Don. We appreciate you all. Thank you for inviting parents to the parent council meeting on Tuesday, March 8th to voice concerns and comments about the policy draft in regard to “respectful learning environment for diverse sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expressions.”
My husband and I read over the literature you provided and one of our first thoughts was...why isn’t there a question in this list to address parent’s rights being honored and respected? That may be in another policy? It seems our parental rights are slowly slipping away as government requires more control of the way our kids are shaped at school.
It seems we know about our kids with report cards, or, unless they misbehave...in which case we are informed right away. So why don’t we get to know about their thoughts in regard to gender expression and sexual orientation that may include pedophilia as that is now regarded as a sexual preference or orientation.
There are multiple layers of the way people can be different from each other.
Why are we so diverted to sexual orientation when there are so many other ways we define ourselves...genetic disabilities...disfigurements, fetal anomalies, skin color, and languages?
What we may be saying is that each ‘individual’ should be provided with a safe environment...not be condescending to one group but constructive to all.
Most people fall within a fairly normal descriptive pattern, but the few individuals that fall outside of this, should not have to be singled out. The school body should be able to gradually adjust and in time nurture that person to their full potential.
And that is what we propose to the parent council and to the school board. Sincerely, Dr. Robert E. Darcy Graham
and Editor The Drumheller Mail