September 30, 2011

I Hope He Learns Equality

Like any mother, I have many hopes and dreams for my son. One of those is that he learns equality and acceptance. It is something we have always planned to teach any child of ours at home and something I hope he also learns in school. So when I Ad in National Post Like the author of the article, I'm not surprised in the least that this type of ad was created or run publicly. That alone makes me sad. It says we've come to accept that others still fail to grasp the concept of equality. It says we still have a very long way to go in achieving an accepting and tolerant society. I do see a day though when we will get there. It may not be in my time, it may not even be in Hudson's time. But it will come. We just have to keep speaking up about the issue and making a difference.

I do hope that Hudson's school curriculum, when he reaches that age, talks openly about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) and other controversial issues. I hope he he learns about difference and likeness. That he learns different is not only ok, but good. Wonderful even. I hope his school teaches him to treat others with respect and dignity regardless of their sexual preference, abilities, race, age, or religion. I know teaching him about LGBT will not make him gay any more than teaching him about racism will change his skin colour or teaching him about disabilities will make him dyslexic. You can be certain I will be one PTA mom standing up for inclusion in curriculum, not exclusion.

Even still, I certainly won't rely on the school system to talk to Hudson about equality, acceptance and tolerance. He will learn about it first at home. We will teach him that it doesn't matter whether you are gay or straight, catholic or muslim, black or white. At the end of the day, he will know we are all just people, who feel, who love and hurt, and who deserve to be treated the same regardless of our differences. That's something he won't be confused about.

I hope this ad and it's supporters doesn't gain traction and that Hudson does learn about LGBT and equality in school and I know it is something he will learn at home.

1 comment:

Sara said...

I just have one thing to say - I agree with every word you wrote here. Thank you, we'll be doing the same at home for our two kids.