LUSBY, Md. – The following letter is from Mariam Canning of Huntingtown, Maryland. It was sent on behalf of a group known as Calvert Parents for Education.
A few weeks ago, it came to the attention of this community that a kindergarten teacher at Calvert County Public School of Dowell Elementary was introducing her students to a book that features a romantic love story between a prince and a knight. As a parent, I was surprised that an adult thought this was appropriate for 5-year-olds, given that it can spark deeper conversations, but equally concerned about their attempts to double-talk to parents worried on social media in ways that indicate that a parent’s right to guide their child’s upbringing and family values will absolutely NOT be respected under their instructions.
The photo graphic of this kindergarten teacher’s post says “I will say gay and I will protect trans children.” Which refers to the Florida Parental Rights Bill which states “Instruction by school personnel or third parties about sexual orientation or gender identity may not take place in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or development of students in accordance with state standards.”
Only a committed activist would object to such reasonable limitations regarding OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN. In fact, a national survey conducted by the market research technology platform Lucidfound that out of 1,000 people, 37% Democrats, 32% Republicans, and 31% Independents, nearly two-thirds of Americans SUPPORT key features of Florida’s parental rights bill, with 8/10 respondents believing that parents should carry on these conversations with their children.
Also, the month of October 2021 Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll revealed that 72% of Americans think there are two genders and 62% don’t think people should be able to choose their gender or pronouns. The thing is, it’s not just a few right-wing religious crazies complaining about Calvert County schools… but rather a general consensus denouncing these ideologies as a responsibility of teachers, especially in early elementary school. .
Typically, teachers act in loco parentis, which basically means that teachers are expected to do what the parents of their students would do if they were there. This necessarily implies respecting the rights of parents and refraining from undermining parental authority. Courts have upheld parental rights from Pierce v Society of Sisters (1925) to Troxel v Granville (2000), firmly establishing the primacy of parents over who has the final say over the development of the child.
Gender ideology has harmed and confused our youth. Over the past decade, the prevalence of people identifying as transgender in the West has increased by more than 1,000%. Female-to-male trans has exploded. The American Society for Plastic Surgery reported that 46% of transitions were female in 2016, rising to 70% just a year later. Please take the time to read detransition stories, it is absolutely heartbreaking.
These practices in the classroom, ESPECIALLY at the beginning of elementary school, violate the religious views of many, if not most, families. These topics should be addressed by parents through their own worldview or value system at a time they deem appropriate for their age.
Parents do not want activist teachers to shape their young child’s thoughts about gender or sexuality without their consent. It is not hate or bigotry to set value-laden boundaries for your own family. We all do. Although public schools are not religious schools and therefore do not read kindergarten books advocating the belief systems of a particular religion, it is equally important to understand that religious families exist as stakeholders in this public system and to avoid intentionally subverting their values when a simple “not all families are alike” would suffice.
It’s not necessarily representative of families in the classroom as much as the deliberate introduction of gender ideology to 5-year-olds.
Adults absolutely have the right to live their lives as they see fit, this is in no way an attack on the lifestyle of LGBTQ adults or even necessarily teenagers who can identify with the spectrum. It has everything to do with a parent’s right to mold their own children during their most formative years. Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder in her book, Undoctrinate, succinctly sums it up “being a K-12 educator is a noble and necessary undertaking in and of itself, without needing to be elevated or pumped up to something different, excused or expanded. beyond recognition.
Done right, the proper cultivation of young minds remains one of the most rewarding jobs there is; hurts, the potential harm to individuals and society is incalculable.
Despite polls showing an overwhelming distaste for classroom activism, politically moderate parents and teachers have remained mostly silent. The individuals pushing much of this activism in the classroom are aggressive and intolerant of other belief systems. Our most significant response will come in the election polls!
There are two Board of Education seats open, the primaries are July 19 and Election Day is Tuesday November 8. Let’s vote for candidates who support parental rights, apolitical classes and diversity of thought!
For more information on the candidates, contact www.CalvertParentsForEducation.org or Power2Parent Maryland.