First graders at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco took a bus to City Hall to throw rose petals and blow bubbles on their newly married teacher and her bride.
A parent organized the noon field trip; two children in the class stayed at school because their parents opted out.
“It really is what we call a teachable moment,” (interim director Liz) Jaroflow said, noting the historic significance of same-sex marriage and related civil rights issues.
Proponents of Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage, said the trip was “indoctrination.”
I think it was sweet.
San Francisco kids aren’t shocked by the notion of same-sex relationships.
“She’s a really nice teacher. She’s the best,” said 6-year-old Chava Novogrodsky-Godt, wearing a “No on 8” button on her shirt. “I want her to have a good wedding.”
Chava’s mothers said they are getting married in two weeks.
When my daughter’s kindergarten teacher married her boyfriend over the winter break, nobody thought it was improper for the kids to know about it. When her fourth-grade teacher married his boyfriend during the winter break, he dodged questions about why he’d started wearing a ring. His mother visited to the class and said she was happy he’d married. He felt the need to hush her up. (My daughter had it all figured out and explained it to me.)
Update: The California Teachers Association has donated $1 million to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8. Why should teachers’ union dues go to defend gay marriage? Or oppose it, for that matter.