Category Archives: Student Rights

ABCs, 123s, and Gender Identity

What will your child learn this fall in public school kindergarten?

Is your son or daughter starting kindergarten this year? What do you expect they’ll learn? ABCs? All about numbers? Or are you hoping for indoctrination in gender identity? If you live in the state of Washington, they will probably be taught the first two, but they will definitely learn the third.

This fall, 2017, Washington state public schools will begin teaching gender expression to kindergarteners under their new health education learning standards, where “sexual health” becomes a core idea of public K–12 education. In kindergarten students will be expected to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”

The state has even developed a glossary so the kids can double-check the differences between gender, gender expression, biological sex, and so on.

Nathan Olson, a communications manager for the statewide Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), said, “The standards [K-12] don’t define ‘gender spectrum.’ But self-identity is a key component.”

As the standards continue through the twelfth grade, the students eventually will be able to “Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation,” and “Evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.” Notice they don’t mention public school instruction as one of the methods of influencing children’s perception of those sexual matters.

The reporter from The Daily Caller asked whether a student who rejects the idea that “gender identity” is distinct from “biological sex” could end up failing a course on account of their beliefs. Olson replied that “we don’t exactly know what a school would do if a student failed to complete an assignment because he/she opposed the materials being taught.”

You can watch a short video of one parent’s response to these new health education learning standards.

This type of indoctrination is not limited to the state of Washington, however. Fairfax County, Virginia, is teaching our kids that there is no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.
What is being taught in your state? Does it matter to you? Although the report is that parents in Washington were furious when they learned of the new lessons plans, you may not be. I’d like to hear from you and learn whether you feel such instruction in public schools is a good thing or not.

Personally, I have to base my decision on God’s Word. He tells us in Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” I don’t see any ambiguousness there.

Is Your Cross A Gang Symbol?

What would you think if your son or daughter left for school in the morning visibly wearing a cross, the symbol of Christ our Savior, and came home with it in a pocket? What would you do when you found out a math teacher made that happen?

Cross Pendant

That scenario actually played out at Riverview High School in Hillsborough County, Florida. Lora Jane Riedas, the math teacher referred to, is an open homosexual, and she promotes the LGBT agenda during the school day. Her reason for demanding at least three of her students remove their cross necklaces was that they were “gang symbols.” Here is a photo of one of the crosses (Liberty Counsel Exhibit A – Banned Cross Necklace Pendant)—it is less than one inch long. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the Hillsborough County Public Schools about the matter.

Riedas also put LGBT rainbow stickers on all the students’ class notebooks. When some of the students pulled the stickers off, she cited them for “misbehavior.”

The math teacher promotes the GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) “Day of Silence,” which occurred this year on April 21. The GLSEN Guide, according to Liberty Counsel, “encourages teachers to require students ages K-12 to engage in numerous forms of coercive, group political activism, disregarding the parents’ desires or the students’ religious beliefs. Students can either ‘go along to get along,’ or risk being ‘outed’ as disagreeing with the teacher and GLSEN’s radical LGBT viewpoint. Some of the GLSEN coercion includes allowing students ‘supportive’ of ‘Day of Silence’ to refrain from verbal participation in classroom instruction, while those who do not participate in ‘Day of Silence’ must prepare to answer class questions. GLSEN encourages teachers to ‘print out’ LGBT propaganda and ‘have students read and silently write about what they learned.’”

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver, in a letter to the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, stated:

It is the policy of the Board that students, staff members, and District facilities not be used for promoting the interests of any nonschool agency or organization, public or private, without the approval of the Superintendent.” (Emphasis added). See Policy 9700 – Relationships with Special Interest Groups. GLSEN is clearly a nonschool agency, and Ms. Riedas is promoting its interests in her official capacity, and within her classroom.
In addition, Policy 3231 – Outside Activities of Instructional Staff,7 states that “Instructional staff members”
A. may not dedicate work time to an outside interest, activity, or
association.
B. may not use school property or school time to solicit . . . for private
enterprises.
D.[sic] may not campaign on school property during working hours on behalf
of any political issue . . .
E. should refrain from expressions that disrupt the efficient operation of
the school and/or interfere with the maintenance of discipline by school
officials. (Emphasis added).

You can read the entire Liberty Counsel letter regarding the teacher banning cross necklaces and engaging in classroom political activism.

Does your school participates in the “Day of Silence?” What is your opinion on that activity? Do you personally know of the banning of any religious clothing or jewelry by schools? Let us hear from you.