One of the schools I work at (a school I'm actively looking to leave) has a large poster advertising National Coming Out Day & celebrating Homosexuals in History hanging in the cafeteria. I had never heard of this until I saw the sign, which apparently has been up for the entire month of October (I've been out of the country for two weeks). Upon doing some research I found out that: National Coming Out Day is an international event which gives gay, lesbian and bisexual people the opportunity to "come out" to others about their sexuality. It also provides a means of increasing the visibility of gay people. http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/other/comeout.html I found this to be interesting, this particular school in Central New Jersey does not want to celebrate Black History Month, yet they openly and aggressively promote pro-homosexual messages to impressionable young minds. Indeed the most powerful student organization in the school (backed by teachers and the administration) is a gay-straight student alliance. However, the school has no Black Student Union. Needless to say this school is in a wealthy mostly white community. I post this as a warning to black parents who dream of sending their children to study in "good white schools". We have to be aware of the messages being taught to them: spoken and unspoken, as well as conscious and unconscious. These white educators and administrations often have more on their minds than the ABCs and 123s. They have agendas that they push onto our impressionable youth. They are often aggressive with these agendas and our youth internalizes these agendas. As parents in the Black community, we need to be involved in every aspect of our children's education. Only through involvement can we be aware enough to steer them away from some of the perverse and detrimental values being placed on them in white controlled school systems.