School -- No Place To Teach Discrimination (11-20-07)
Given what I believe are pretty reliable statistics, I think it's likely more than few of our station employees are gay. I don't claim to know which ones and I don't care to know. And - since everyone here more than carries their own weight - worrying about that would be a waste of time.
That's why I support those Jefferson County school board members who want to expand the school system's employment and harassment policies to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Many opponents fear this will expose our children to all sorts of strange and shocking sights and experiences. But it's only intended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation - not behavior. Gay and lesbian teachers won't be free to act out their sex lives on the job any more than their heterosexual colleagues currently are.
And let's face it - anyone who really thinks there aren't already many gay and lesbian teachers in our schools is simply naïve. And many of these teachers are flat-out excellent educators.
As far as I'm concerned, the only standard people should be judged upon in the workplace is how well they do their job. I'm all for discriminating on that basis.
But as an employer, I don't think anything else is important at all.
What do you think? Call, and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.