Parents can strengthen families, communities, and nations by learning how to handle the LBGT curriculum appropriately. As more and more school districts adopt this agenda, parents would be wise to understand that schools are forcing this curriculum on their children. Transgender activists have been steadily focusing their efforts for more than twenty years, and children are suffering from it.
Two ten-year-old children in the United Kingdom were recently reprimanded and suspended because they expressed their objections to a lesson on Pride Month. As the teacher handed out a coloring sheet to the class to his fifth grade class, a boy named Farrell politely asked to be excused from the assignment. The teacher replied that the lesson was part of the curriculum, and there was no possibility of opting out of it. Farrell said that he did not “accept LGBT” for religious reason. His classmate named Kaysey objects to the lessons also. The children were interrogated, chastised, yelled at, and embarrassed. Then they were reprimanded and suspended for five days for making “homophobic remarks.”
The parents of the two children are upset over the treatment of their children. They have complained to school officials and have pointed out that suspension guidelines require “the civil standard of proof” that the children did something wrong. They also state that the punishment is excessive for the allegations and disproportionate for the “age, maturity, religious and cultural background” of the children. In addition, they asked to have their children excused from any future lessons on homosexuality and transgenderism. They have sought legal help in the matter.
Kaysey is a Pentecostal, and Farrell is a Roman Catholic. They both appear to understand what is happening in their school and in the world around them. Kaysey spoke with the Christian Legal Centre and said that she is concerned that the homosexual movement is confusing her generation.
Before anyone knew what LGBT meant, everybody knew what gender they were. But now, people are confused and they’re saying that they’re bisexual and trans because they are confused, and people are trying to say that it’s okay…. Before this happened, they were completely confident of who they were, but now they’re not.
You may not think it’s affecting other kids, [but] it is because now they are losing confidence in themselves and looking at themselves and thinking, “Why am I this person? Why couldn’t I be someone else?” … Some people by the age of four are saying, “I don’t want to be a girl anymore” or “I don’t want to be a boy anymore,” but that’s because schools or nurseries are trying to say to children that it’s okay to become something else that you’re not.
Parents in the United Kingdom are beginning to see the dangers caused by the homosexual movement, and they do not like what they see. Farrell and Kaysey are not the only children at the school who are opposing the forced curriculum. The mother of a former male student has also taken legal action against the school. She says that school officials treated her differently after she tried to discuss her concerns with her child being put in detention twice. She and her husband removed their son from the school and filed a legal complaint. So, what can parents do to strengthen their children and to protect them from this agenda?
Kristen Allen is a member of the Arlington Parent Coalition, a group that has been fighting the homosexual curriculum here in the United States. Arlington County School Board passed policies expanding “accommodations for transgender-identified students” four years ago during the summer. They worked for four months to convince their school board to “reconsider or delay the implementation” of the policies. They went to the school board meeting on June 18 to present their case, and they found that their opponents were well organized. They were wearing “matching shirts and waving multicolored flags.” They also had four times the number of speakers. In spite of their overwhelming advantage of numbers, the opponents felt it necessary to hiss at coalition members and call them names under their breath. The opposition considers parents to be “a potential threat to transgender students” and anyone who opposes the movement as “hateful bigotry.”
Gary McCaleb is senior counsel for the Alliance for Defending Freedom, and he believes that there are “hundreds of school systems” in the United States that are not involved in this battle. Allen writes that it is obvious that communities have been caught off guard because most of them are not prepared to deal with the impact of the movement on children. Even though there are no road maps for success in dealing with this curriculum, Allen shares several lessons learned by groups fighting against it.
1. Courage is contagious. [Most people do not like] being called a “hater” or “bigot,” [but parents] must push back on those who want to reshape our children’s understanding of biology, personhood, privacy, and the primary role of parents….
2. Put together a diverse coalition. The transgender movement divides …. Use the power of common interest across the lines of faith, culture, and politics to create alliances… People must get out of their social and ideological comfort zones and present a united front on this issue affecting all children.
3. The gatekeepers have failed parents. Despite significant internal disagreement, professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the National School Board Association succumbed to pressure from the transgender advocates to endorse affirmation ideology….
Pressure needs to be brought on these professional groups to retract and/or modify their positions….
However, local doctors and mental health professionals have a powerful voice when speaking about the dangers of affirming transgender children. Get them involved.
4. Spread the truth about gender-affirming therapy. Educating people is essential, and information about the dangers of affirming gender dysphoria is being suppressed….
Parents should prepare talking points and source citations to use with school administrators, their school board, and other parents.
Much more research is needed, but ask school administrators if the scientific studies they use to justify new policies are peer reviewed, have a large sample size, and have tracked children for many years….
5. There are no opt outs for our kids. Parents must understand that we now exist in a “post-opt out” world. You are misled if you believe pulling your children out of certain course units will protect them.
Transgender ideology is coming from the “bottom up” through social media massive cultural changes.
Public school children are being indoctrinated in transgender ideology by posters on the wall, speakers in the library, books on the shelves, after-school clubs, school-wide celebrations, and politicized teachers. Vigilance and consistent engagement with principals and classroom teachers are critical….
Only parents can demand accountability from school systems and set boundaries around their children. We can’t walk away.
Today evil lurks all around our children, and parents must remain strong and united in fighting evil of all kinds. At the same time we must be respectful of the beliefs of all people. By being vigilant in protecting their children and using all the knowledge and wisdom possible to gain, parents can strengthen their families, communities, and nations.