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Re: words are not just words

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skygeoff_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 17:49:03 PST


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> I'll continue to make a big enough deal about it. I tell my students
> that they are just words and they may continue to use them at
> home in front of their mothers. But, not in public and especially
> not in my classroom, I don't use these words that hurt and I'm
> not going to allow students to either. Kids know well what Gay,
> Fag and Queer mean. It's the new "Nigger" in our culture. We
> all share responsibility when someone beats a young man to death in
> Wyoming because we helped create the climate that allowed it to
> happen. "Adults use them too" is no excuse. I don't use these words
> that perpetuate hate and I correct adults in public who use hate
> speech as well. If the world is to change, then we each need to
> do our small part to make it a more civil place to raise our children.
> IMHO, Woody in KC

Well said Woody. I agree with you completely.
Sky in NJ

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