Utne Blogs > Politics

Failed Bill: Tennessee Students Wouldn’t Ask, Teachers Wouldn’t Tell

by Staff


Tags: Tennessee, school curiccula, gay, homosexuality, Stacey Campfield, homophobia,

ShhhhhHomophobes in Tennessee took a legislative blow earlier this month when an anti-gay bill died in subcommittee. The proposed law would have made it illegal for public elementary and middle school teachers to discuss issues relating to homosexuality in class, according to the Memphis Flyer. The ban didn't just take aim at sex education curricula, but all areas of study. This attempt to legislate what subjects are worth teaching and learning about should come as no surprise considering the Butler Act was on the books in Tennessee until 1967.

Morgan Winters

Image by wheat_in_your_hair, licensed under Creative Commons.