A PLACE IN SCHOOLS? Rep. Bob McDermott argues a new teacher training program shouldn't be allowed in public schools.
Bob McDermott

SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF REP. BOB MCDERMOTT – Several weeks ago Representative Bob McDermott asked the Governor if he had answers for some of the anticipated problems, such as the handling of challenges to public education curriculum and standard operating procedures, that would follow a same-sex marriage bill’s passage.

After an quip about “expecting lawsuits,” the Governor deflected Rep. McDermott’s earnest questions about how homosexual marriage and behavior would be presented to school children by the state. Abercrombie suggested that these questions should be handled by the Board of Education, who set policy.

Consequently, McDermott wrote a letter to BOE Chair Don Horner; this was met with more redirection.  Horner suggested that the BOE’s curriculum and civil rights compliance offices, with oversight by the Attorney General, would be the appropriate authorities to make these determinations.  Rep. McDermott then asked the Attorney General for his reading on the matter and received yet another run-around response.  This time, Attorney General Louie punted to the Department of Education’s Superintendent.

The Superintendent’s response was a regurgitation of existing policy, which of course, is irrelevant if a new law takes effect and changes everything.  No one in State government appears to have contemplated any of the new issues and problems related to public education that will arise from the implementation of same-sex marriage legalization.

The people are absolutely unaware of the myriad of effects this new law will have in their schools.  Will Dick and Jane Books show two daddies? Will transgendered teachers and students be allowed to shower with the gender of their choice, as in CA?  Gee, no one seems to have an answer to these straightforward questions McDermott has asked.

Questions such as how same-sex marriage will be incorporated into public school curriculums, how these revised textbooks will be paid for, what will actually be covered as “normal” behavior, and what role, if any, parents will have in reviewing or opting-out of their child’s “re-education” on these matters, deserve to be answered.  The Parents pay for the education system and they own it, at the very least they are entitled to answers.

That fact that the Abercrombie administration and the governing class are ducking valid questions shows just how ill-prepared they are for the actual impact of this bill.  They have no answers and clearly don’t fully realize the extent of the un-anticipated problems that will ensue. And, worse, they don’t seem to care.

As this important education issue demonstrates, Abercrombie is rushing this bill without planning, without forethought, without a deliberative, methodical transparent process.   Rather, the Governor believes that he knows better than the people; McDermott feels the people know best.

Rep. McDermott is fighting to allow the people to vote on this matter via constitutional amendment, get some straight answers to their questions and engage in the level of public discussion, statewide, that this subject deserves.  McDermott says, “let the People Decide if they want this new norm in their schools.”

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  1. We (and everyone else in the Capitol) received the following email from Nick LaCarra, referencing this story, which we reprint here for your information. It was entitled "Fear mongering by Rep McDermott"—— Rep McDermott appears to not have answers to questions (click link below to this silly story), but I would be happy to answer his questions. First of all…"let the people decide" would actually not give McDermott the outcome he's seeking, since a clear majority of Hawaii's voters fully support marriage equality in Hawaii. It's a small percentage of people making a lot of noise right now who are clinging to bigotry, hate & discrimination in a veiled attempt to bully lawmakers. I see what he's doing there…& it's not working. Lawmakers are elected to represent all citizens and not pander to any group. Besides, the voting majority will keep lawmakers in office who pass marriage equality…because its the right thing to do. The burning question McDermott allegedly wants answered is "what do we teach the children if same-sex marriage passes"? It's simple…and most youngsters already know this because they have not yet been inducted into an adult climate of intolerance & bigotry. You tell them the truth. You teach our children to love and accept all people equally for who they are, rather than discriminate against them. It's really just that easy. Maybe these kids…with zero hidden agendas…could teach McDermott something about equality? Hopefully, this answers his questions —— No, Nick it really didn't answer any of Rep. McDermott's valid questions. Labeling people as "clinging to bigotry, hate & discrimination" because they may not agree with you is counterproductive. Saying that asking valid questions is "bullying" is just plain ridiculous. If you are so certain that only a "small percentage" of people do not favor same-sex marriage, you should encourage a constitutional amendment be placed on the ballot, instead of a sneaky, cloistered special session forced by the Governor.

    • Agree with your last 2 sentences
      Better to ask Brian Schatz (B.S.) brother, the DOE assistant superintendent, are planning a way to profit from selling LGBT books to the DOE already.

  2. Bob,
    speak to Mike Golojuch. He's got all the answers. He's the one who decided that Christian children can't sing Christmas songs in public schools because it offends his "God". Mike and Mitch Kahele run the executive branch. Neil is just a puppet.

    • Seems the golojuch & kahele's have desciple Ed Adams blogging crap like " you're living in a fantasy world. god is nothing more than a hypothesis–and a very stupid one at that. and what's worse you've turned your back on the native, original gods of your own people to embrace a poisonous christianity."

      Go to; http://www.khon2.com/news/mainland-money-backs-bo

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