Don't take parent's role in counseling

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

I would like to comment on the proposed school district counseling curriculum changes. Each of us is deserving of respect from our fellow men. As a step-parent I know the joys and challenges of raising a blended family. Our children have been taught from the perspective that each family member is loved, valued, and 100 percent part of our family. Our similarities bind us together, yet we celebrate each other's individual characteristics. We have found the most effective way to teach our children about respect and tolerance is to help them realize that all people are significant, and that we are more alike than different.

Teaching general respect and kindness towards each other fulfills the school district's responsibility to help our children cultivate positive interpersonal skills, but teaching children about sexuality is a private matter that is best learned and taught in the family. As the parent, it is my responsibility to teach this. It is also my right to choose when and how my children will be taught. I strongly disagree with the discussion of sexual dynamics in the elementary grades. Our family may not have even begun discussing sexuality before it is brought up in school. The school district's job is to be a partner with parents in education, not to take our place.

I agree with the idea that accentuating similarities rather than differences is a much better premise to teach the next generation brotherly kindness.

Erin Willis

Juneau



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