Kids are watching! We need to ask ourselves what kind of education environment our schools are creating for our youth, and what kind of examples we’re setting. Those who are in positions of authority need to look at the entire population that will be affected by their decisions in the school system.
Recently the School Committee of the City of Lynn, Mass., examined their relationship with Gordon College (of Hamilton, Mass.), which had admitted to internal discriminatory hiring practices based on sexual orientation. The college had maintained a partnership with the Lynn school system for years, but many residents urged the school committee to reconsider. Concerned parents and others emphasized the importance of creating a safe environment for all students, as well as wanting to show Lynn’s children that collaborating with an institution that is homophobic is never acceptable.
The result was that the School Committee severed its ties with Gordon College. It is the responsibility of all of us to examine the values held by our public institutions and those who are allowed to have an impact on our children.