Is the “Day of Silence” Coming to Your School?

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The annual “Day of Silence” sponsored by a prominent gay activist group and meant to show support for the homosexual lifestyle, is scheduled to take place in most public schools on April 16.

Tim Wildmon, of the American Family Association, is warning parents that on this day, thousands of public high schools and an increasing number of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day – even during classroom time – to promote the socio-political agenda of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

“Parents must actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes,” Wildmon writes, and invites them to join a national effort to restore to public education the proper understanding of the role of government subsidized schools.

“You can 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,” he said. “Parents should no longer passively countenance the political usurpation of public school classrooms through student silence.”

If students will be permitted to remain silent, he recommends that parents express their opposition by calling their children out of school on the Day of Silence and sending letters of explanation to their administrators, their children’s teachers, and all school board members.

“One reason this is effective is that most school districts lose money for each student absence,” he points out.

“School administrators err when they allow the classroom to be disrupted and politicized by granting students permission to remain silent throughout an entire day.”

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