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Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 4:00 am

With government spending of diminishing tax revenues coming under closer scrutiny, the decision by the Gilbert School District to spend public tax money on a program to indoctrinate young people into a liberal world view is outrageous.

Called “A World of Difference,” the program by the Anti-Defamation League uses 15-18-year-old “peer trainers” to teach your children about their undiscovered biases and bigotry. During the school year, students will spend five class periods of biology to discuss these issues. One exercise — entitled “identity sculptures” — asks students to “use chenile stems (pipe cleaners) to represent things that are important to their identity,” with the goal of “understanding what it feels like to share or hide aspects of one’s identity.” Is this really how kids should spend their time in science class? And, in a moment of unusual candor, ADL’s website proudly boasts that in schools where the program has been implemented, “students were significantly more likely to sign a petition supporting gay rights.”

On the surface the program is about treating others with respect. Who would argue with that? The less obvious goal is to begin building a foundation in immature minds that redefines traditional morality, like calling belief in the idea of marriage being between a man and woman “heterosexism.”

In times of financial crisis, when teachers and useful programs are being cut, do we really need our tax dollars spent to advance a left-wing political agenda? Call Gilbert Public Schools to let your voice be heard.

Ed Burdett, Gilbert

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