It almost sneaked up on us. The media has barely publicized it. None of Utah's pro-family lobbies addressed it. But it's one day away, and parents of school-age kids need to be reminded of it.
It is the annual Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The Illinois Family Institute, endorsed by over two dozen other pro-family organizations nationwide, has taken the lead in alerting the public. In 2009, the Day of Silence will take place in most public schools on April 17th. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day-even during instructional time-to promote GLSEN's socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven, and destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.
Parents must be aware of this in order to actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes. You can join the national effort to restore to public education a proper understanding of the role of government-subsidized schools. Please help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child's school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the Day of Silence.
Unfortunately, GLSEN no longer maintains a master list of all high schools with Gay-Straight Alliance clubs, most likely because it changes too often. Time does not permit me to ferret out which Utah high schools have GSA clubs and which Utah high schools intend to permit the Day of Silence observance. What you as parents can do is to keep your kids out of any such schools on April 17th. Bear in mind that while some schools may consider it an excused absence, others may not. You need to check with the school in question.
The Illinois Family Institute provides other useful information at the following links:
-- Reasons for the Day of Silence Walkout
-- Instructions for Parents
-- Sample Call Out Letter
Here's a short YouTube video explaining how our kids are being manipulated and politicized in our public schools:
Pro-family activists have a second way to counter the Day of Silence. On Monday April 20th, there will be a Day of Truth nationwide, where students can present the contrasting point of view at schools according to the same rules of behavior as those applicable to the Day of Silence. Schools which permit a Day of Silence must also allow activism on the Day of Truth, otherwise they could incur civil liability.
The problem with the Day of Silence is not that it merely spreads awareness of homosexuality, but, by its very nature, promotes homosexuality as a desirable alternative. It's one thing to allow the Day of Silence on college campuses, where the students are 18 or older. It's another thing to permit it amongst students under 18.