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Schools should respect family values, which are for families to teach. 

To the editor,

Just as outraged as you might be that the Wake County school board is dropping its program on diversity and tolerance on homosexuality [“Health policy skewed”, Philanthropy Journal, 1/7/04], there are many others, like myself, who get outraged that such programs are offered in the first place, and I applaud the school board for the action. Public education is not the place for children to learn about differences in sexual orientation.

If there are families that value those differences, then their homes are the place for children to learn those particular values.

While my child is not yet old enough to be in school, I guarantee that my wife and I would be outraged knowing that our child is being taught something contrary to the values we hold in our home.

I believe that public schools can and should instruct in ways that do not lift up minority groups, religious groups, or gay/lesbian issues. To be fair, though, public schools should not be the place where minorities, gay/lesbian issues, and religions are degraded either. Let’s just teach reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic in equality for all, and leave the rest for parents to instruct their children.

Finally, I fail to understand the fear so many possess in having children taught abstinence.

Abstinence in and of itself is not a religious issue; it is the only 100 percent way of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy, and it pertains to all children in our schools, regardless of their sexual orientation.

I appreciate your right to be outraged, but I am just glad that not everyone sees things the way you do.

Thank you for your time and allowing me input.

Troy Munn, Winterville, North Carolina

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