If you've been paying attention to what's going on in schools across the United States, you know that the public school equation is no longer limited to teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Organizations that oppose the family have taken a keen interest in your children and grandchildren and are more involved than ever in what they are learning in school.
Why is this a problem?
Instead of focusing on good ol' reading, writing, and arithmetic, these organizations are attempting to dictate culture, social behavior, and your child's morality. The more public schools partner with organizations that oppose the family, the more your child may be bullied into conforming to their view on issues like the sanctity of life, marriage, and sexuality.
Here are a few examples:
- Planned Parenthood encourages sexual education in public schools as early as kindergarten, and promotes everything from sexual activity between minors to abortion.
- Anti-religious organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union regularly threaten schools with lawsuits to discourage student prayer or religious activity on campus.
- Activist organizations are fighting to have student restrooms and locker rooms opened to members of either sex depending on whether they feel like a boy or a girl.
- Administrators who are misinformed by such organizations often silence pro-life and pro-traditional marriage student views under the guise of promoting tolerance.
While parents are allowed to opt their child out of material that they do not think is appropriate, that doesn't always happen. Last month, some parents of kindergartners through third graders at Horace Mitchell Primary School in Maine complained after administrators failed to notify parents before students were read I am Jazz, a book about a transgender student.
The book was written about the life of Jazz Jennings, who was diagnosed with gender identity disorder at age 5—one of the youngest ever. According to Amazon.com, it describes Jazz as having "a girl’s brainin a boy’s body," and that Jazz was "born that way." One parent of a first grader told Sean Hannity that her son came home and asked if he could be "a girl in love with a girl."
"My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me," she said. “Being seven, once you put something in their mind they don't forget so easily."
After the fact, Superintendent Allyn Hutton sent out a letter apologizing to parents.
"We have a practice of if a topic is considered sensitive, parents should be informed. In this situation, that didn’t happen…The whole culture at Mitchell School is about teaching tolerance and respect. The people presenting the lesson thought [I Am Jazz] was one more piece of teaching that lesson. In retrospect, we understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions."
Hutton referred parents to a blog written by the guidance counselor who read the book.
The following excerpt pretty much says it all:
"Some may think primary school students are too young to worry about addressing issues surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Not so, experts say. It’s never too early to begin teaching children about respecting differences."
Teaching children to respect others is a great goal. Bullying is all too common, and many children aren’t sure how to react when they see a fellow student with Down's syndrome, a student with a stutter or accent, or anyone who may appear different in some way.
But introducing young children to topics like gender and sexuality, especially without parental consent, is unacceptable. Whatever organization these "experts" are from are clearly not taking into account the rights of parents to make these decisions concerning their own children.
The best thing you can do for your children and grandchildren is to know what rights students have in school. Alliance Defending Freedom has created the Student Rights Handbook to provide you with specific information you and your child need to know about religious freedom in public schools. You can download your free copy here.
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