Parents don't make their kids gay, They do try to make them mathmaticians and shove math contests down their throats.Whether or not parents make their kids gay is an open question for which there is no academic consensus. Studies of gay parents show that their kids turn out gay about 10% of the time, versus 2-3% for the general population. There is a nature-nurture debate about this, and it is somewhat off-topic for this blog. Some people subscribe to a gay gene theory, but no such gene has ever been found. I accept what the scientific studies say.
I believe that parents should have the autonomy to rear their kids according to their own beliefs, unless they are demonstrably contrary to laws against abuse and neglect. So while I may express my personal child-rearing opinions, I do not believe that they should be forced on others (unless I give an argument about criminal abuse or neglect).
The reader is insinuating that I tried to make my daughters into mathematicians and shove math contests down their throats. That is not true, and no one who knows my daughters would say any such thing. Not even my angry ex-wife ever said anything similar, or ever complained about me teaching them math.
Judge Heather D. Morse did write in her decision:
experiences being adduced into evidence, such as enrolling them in a math test which was reportedly way above their abilitiesNo one reported that the test was way above their abilities. They did well on the test. It was a County math contest that was open to any students in the county.
CPS agent Sally Mitchell and commissioner Irwin H. Joseph also made negative remarks about me teach math to girls, but neither of them ever heard any evidence that the math was too hard or against their wishes. My kids wanted to do the contest, and they enjoyed it.
I could give a more thorough refutation, but I prefer to only discuss my kids to the extent that my ex-wife has put their lives on the public court record. My kids have been out of my life and influence for over 5 years now. If they hate math or if my ex-wife thinks that math is bad for them, then they could avoid math. I certainly think that they are better off for what I taught them, but I am not posting what they are doing now.
I do have some personal beliefs about math teaching. Every one of my kids' public elementary school teachers hated math, and did a terrible job of teaching it. They were women who liked girly activities, but not math. The kids who did well in the math contest were mostly kids whose parents had supplemented their math education. Poor math education holds a lot of kids back in their schooling. I recommend that parents teach their kids, especially in areas where the schools do a lousy job. That's just my opinion.
Update: I just stumbled across this clipping. 4 in 10 is not a majority, but maybe the survey undercounted the math haters..