Today's Winnipeg Free Press published "Inclusion in the classroom: Teachers support adding sexual-orientation themes to all curricula." Here is my response:
“...teachers need to know they can reflect the real world without worrying what the school board will do to their careers,” says Nick Martin in “Inclusion in the classroom.” This is a reference to teachers being able to acknowledge the LBGTTQ community in all facets of the education they give but if this is indeed a truth—that teachers need to be able to reflect the real world—then why is a teacher's job threatened if she tries to reflect the real world of Christianity? If “an advanced math class studying string theory might discuss how British mathematician Alan Turing was driven to suicide when his homosexuality was made public,” why might a physics class not discuss Blaise Pascal's Wager?
If the “real world” is to be reflected by teachers in their classrooms, this needs to be done across the board and not just for isolated topics. As Paul Olson said, “There shouldn't be these tiered realities.” And if that's so, then why not the reality of a teacher praying for a student whose father has just left the family or whose mother was out all night drinking, leaving the student and her siblings unattended? For that matter, why not the reality of a Muslim teacher prostrating herself at the front of the classroom during the call to prayer or a Jewish teacher wearing his prayer shawl?
It is true that Christians have treated homosexuals abysmally and unjustly. It's about time Christians offer an apology to the gay community as is being done this weekend at Gay Pride events around the world--not to say our theology is wrong but rather that our attitude and behaviour has been prideful and sinful.
Yes, the classroom needs to reflect the real world but it needs to reflect all aspects of the world and not just those that are currently politically popular.