By Derrick DePledge
State schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi issued a statement Tuesday to address concerns from opponents of marriage equality about the potential impact on school curriculum.
Several opponents of gay marriage have said that they fear that their children might be forced to learn -- and teachers forced to teach -- about homosexuality if a gay marriage bill becomes law.
For the record, the DOE does not have marriage as a lesson in its curriculum. The DOE and its public schools remain committed to teaching all students regardless of their home situation. We understand that our students come from a variety of backgrounds, whether the adult caregivers in their lives are married, single, in a civil union, a grandparent, foster parents or incarcerated parents, are divorced, or divorced and remarried. Whatever the case may be, we support, care for and educate all children to help them fulfill their potential. We teach students how to treat each other with respect and aloha. We hope that all adults can share in the responsibility as a community of living aloha.
The DOE is also equally committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning atmosphere for students, families and educators and promoting a sense of belonging and acceptance for all in our school communities.