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Wisconsin teacher training session says parents ‘not entitled to know their kids’ identities’

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Wisconsin parents are being described by their school district as “not entitled to know” if their children are changing identities because that is “knowledge that must be earned” according to leaked training documents.

Staff development sessions for teachers in the Eau Claire Area School District in central Wisconsin “focused on safe spaces, gender identity, microaggressions, and oppression” reported the website Defendinged.org.

One of the slides in the training session reads, “Remember, parents are not entitled to know their kids’ identities. That knowledge must be earned. Teachers are often straddling this complex situation. In ECASD, our priority is supporting the student.”

The group Parents Defending Education obtained “additional material from concerned community members that the school district used in training teachers.” The training video host praised states that mandate schools teach LGBTQ in classrooms beginning in kindergarten, and condemned the states that don’t.

One of the trainers said parents who disagree with their kids about gender identity issues are guilty of “abuse.” The trainer said, “we understand and acknowledge that teachers are often put in terrible positions caught between parents and their students. But much like we wouldn’t act as stand-ins for abuse in other circumstances, we cannot let parents’ rejection of their children guide teachers’ reactions and actions and advocacy for our students.”

The trainers also encouraged the teachers to be activists: “to vote, to demonstrate, to protest.” National Review notes “the fight over teacher training in Eau Claire is the latest skirmish in the national debate over the role of schools in promoting activism, and teaching ‘woke’ concepts about race, gender, and sex.”

In response to the instruction, three local school board candidates, Nicole Everson, Corey Cronrath, and Melissa Winter, issued a joint statement, saying they were “appalled” and “dismayed that current school district leadership would pressure teachers into breaking a social contract that we all know and understand – that parents and guardians hold primary responsibility for the welfare and care of their children.”

In a statement to Empower Wisconsin, superintendent Michael Johnson offered no such apology, and said the district “prides itself on being a school district that makes all students feel welcome and safe in our schools.”

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  1. Ralph Lawrence

    March 18, 2022 at 8:41 am

    How dare a teacher(s) or superintendent take over the duty of determining that a student(child) must be trained in activism and gender responsibility. A student does not belong to a school board nor is “trained” by a teacher whose personal dynamic is taught in a classroom.

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Virginia Education Committee Recommends ‘Gender Identity’ in Elementary School Curriculum

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the Daily Caller obtained a copy of recommendations that a Virginia public school district would like to include in its curricula that begins in fourth grade. Among the recommendations from three transgender advocates are to include gender identity.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee plans to recommend that the Fairfax County Public School Board include “gender identity in elementary [Family Life Education]” programming and develop “inclusive curriculum” for sex education for all students during the 2022-2023 school year. The committee specifically called for the “inclusion of the gender spectrum in the elementary” and 10th-grade curricula, according to the recommendations draft.

“The committee recommends the addition of gender to the objective [of a grade 10 lesson plan] to clarify that both sexuality and gender are currently included in the lesson instruction,” the draft reads.

The board also recommends that the school district adopt “gender combined instruction” for sex education lessons on “human growth and development” beginning in fourth grade. Gendered health classes reportedly affirm a “rigid binary based on anatomy,” according to the draft.

“When students are separated by boys and girls, it affirms a rigid binary based on anatomy,” the draft reads. “The practice of segregating students by gender is not inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, and gender diverse students.”

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