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CNN 2011-08-04

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 Checking top stories. The debt deal expected to send stocks higher when Wall Street opens in just a couple of minutes. Both the Senate and the House could vote on the debt deal today.

 
And new this morning, a big change to health coverage1. The federal government will require insurers to provide birth control without co- payments.
 
And Mexican police say a suspected drug gang leader ordered 1,500 killings2. Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez was captured over the weekend.
 
Don't teach, don't tell. A Minnesota school district has developed a policy that essentially3 bars teachers from taking a position on homosexuality in the classroom. Here's what parents are saying.  
 
I mean, this idea of check your identity at the door shall would you tolerate that? We are not advocating that we teach homosexuality, that we teach anything other than tolerance4.  
 
They don't need to be promoting a particular point of view on that. Parents have a right to raise their children the way they want to and the school district doesn't need to be sitting there, telling kids, your parents are wrong.  
 
So, what's your take? I'm joined by CNN's contributors Will Cain from New York and LZ Granderson from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
LZ, let's start with you. What do you think of the policy?  
 
I think it's a good start. I agree. I think a policy in which we're telling teachers not to inject their opinion in the conversation of the GLBT community in the classroom is a good thing. But I think omitting the contributions of GLBT people is terrible and it's not teaching history and it's not giving students the education that they need.  
 
Will, what's your take?
 
Well, that's the key, right LZ, Kyra? I mean, what does that mean, neutral? Because that's completely unclear and it appears to be unclear to the teachers. Does neutral mean showing both sides of the issue? Does neutral mean being factual? Does neutral mean being silent? Those are not all the same. So that's why this policy right now completely falls short. You need to find out what neutral means.
 
Yes. How would you define that, LZ? I mean, for you, what exactly should that mean? If a young boy comes to their teacher or to a discussion, or a young girl and says, look, this is how I feel. I think I'm gay. I'm attracted to the same sex.  
 
I mean, how do you remain neutral in that conversation when a young male or female is being so blunt about their feelings?  
 
Well, I think my interpretation5 is that when you're teaching in the classroom and you're, for instance, talking about civil rights and you find a way to not talk about the contributions of Harvey Milk, I think that is being wrong because his contributions to the overall conversation of civil rights is very important.  
 
Now, if you have an individual student that comes to you and wants to discuss their sexuality, their sexual orientation6, that's probably something that should be directed to the counselor7 and that teachers should not be injecting their personal opinions about. I do agree with that.  
 
And -- but then Will, what do you do, I mean, just knowing how kids nowadays have been bullied8. We have followed the suicides that have taken place because kids haven't been able to express themselves with regard to their sexuality.  
 
And the reason why, apparently9, the head of the Gay Straight Alliance there in Minnesota where they've implemented10 this policy says, look, on a daily basis I'm getting text messages, Facebook postings from these kids saying I don't know who to turn to and I'm thinking about taking my own life.  
 
Yes. Well that's obviously a bad situation all around. I really don't know, Kyra, if this neutrality policy contributes to that or not. There is no proven link.  
 
That being said, let me just say this, Kyra. This wasn't an easy topic for me. I started out with I've got a three-year-old son. Do I want a teacher addressing this topic with him? But the more I subjected my opinion to rigorous thought, it gets easier. Yes, you've got to address homosexuality when it gets to sex-ed education.  
 
LZ brought up a big point, though. What about when you talk about history in fourth grade, you talk about the civil rights movement? Are you going to leave out the gay rights movement? The bottom line is it's about education. Education is about open discussion and thinking. I think you have to be able to address these topics to encourage that.  
 
And Will, just real quickly. Will brought up his son --
 
Absolutely.  
 
LZ, you're openly gay. You also are raising a child. What would you want for your child to experience in school?  
 
I would want him to experience tolerance and understanding exactly what that means. I don't want the teacher to tell my son whether or not homosexuality is right or wrong. That's up to me. But I want my son to have as much information as possible about the facts and being in an environment which he could be, whoever he wants to be and also encourage other students to do just that, as well.  
 
Final thought, Will.  
 
What's the risk? What's the risk to facts, that the teacher's advocating for it, influencing it? Look, I'm straight. I like girls. LZ couldn't wink11 charmingly enough to woo me over. The point is, you are what you are and you can withstand the facts.  
 
Will, LZ, thank you, guys --
 
With a six-pack, Will, I can get just about anybody.  
 
Oh, boy. This is a whole other debate. Stay tuned12 -- offline.  Thank you, gentlemen.

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1 coverage nvwz7v     
n.报导,保险范围,保险额,范围,覆盖
参考例句:
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
2 killings 76d97e8407f821a6e56296c4c9a9388c     
谋杀( killing的名词复数 ); 突然发大财,暴发
参考例句:
  • His statement was seen as an allusion to the recent drug-related killings. 他的声明被视为暗指最近与毒品有关的多起凶杀案。
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
3 essentially nntxw     
adv.本质上,实质上,基本上
参考例句:
  • Really great men are essentially modest.真正的伟人大都很谦虚。
  • She is an essentially selfish person.她本质上是个自私自利的人。
4 tolerance Lnswz     
n.宽容;容忍,忍受;耐药力;公差
参考例句:
  • Tolerance is one of his strengths.宽容是他的一个优点。
  • Human beings have limited tolerance of noise.人类对噪音的忍耐力有限。
5 interpretation P5jxQ     
n.解释,说明,描述;艺术处理
参考例句:
  • His statement admits of one interpretation only.他的话只有一种解释。
  • Analysis and interpretation is a very personal thing.分析与说明是个很主观的事情。
6 orientation IJ4xo     
n.方向,目标;熟悉,适应,情况介绍
参考例句:
  • Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上学时需要适应。
  • The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地图得知自己的方向。
7 counselor czlxd     
n.顾问,法律顾问
参考例句:
  • The counselor gave us some disinterested advice.顾问给了我们一些无私的忠告。
  • Chinese commercial counselor's office in foreign countries.中国驻国外商务参赞处。
8 bullied 2225065183ebf4326f236cf6e2003ccc     
adj.被欺负了v.恐吓,威逼( bully的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • My son is being bullied at school. 我儿子在学校里受欺负。
  • The boy bullied the small girl into giving him all her money. 那男孩威逼那个小女孩把所有的钱都给他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
10 implemented a0211e5272f6fc75ac06e2d62558aff0     
v.实现( implement的过去式和过去分词 );执行;贯彻;使生效
参考例句:
  • This agreement, if not implemented, is a mere scrap of paper. 这个协定如不执行只不过是一纸空文。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The economy is in danger of collapse unless far-reaching reforms are implemented. 如果不实施影响深远的改革,经济就面临崩溃的危险。 来自辞典例句
11 wink 4MGz3     
n.眨眼,使眼色,瞬间;v.眨眼,使眼色,闪烁
参考例句:
  • He tipped me the wink not to buy at that price.他眨眼暗示我按那个价格就不要买。
  • The satellite disappeared in a wink.瞬息之间,那颗卫星就消失了。
12 tuned b40b43fd5af2db4fbfeb4e83856e4876     
adj.调谐的,已调谐的v.调音( tune的过去式和过去分词 );调整;(给收音机、电视等)调谐;使协调
参考例句:
  • The resort is tuned in to the tastes of young and old alike. 这个度假胜地适合各种口味,老少皆宜。
  • The instruments should be tuned up before each performance. 每次演出开始前都应将乐器调好音。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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