The Austin Independent School District (ISD) school board approved a radical new sex-education curriculum for grades 3-8 that encourages all kinds of sex at young ages, urges kids to join LGBT “pride” parades, and aims to redefine biological sex and erase the words “mom” and “dad” from children’s vocabulary.
More than 100 people testified against the new curriculum on Monday night, and testimony lasted until after midnight. Yet the school board unanimously approved the new curriculum.
“This vote by the Austin ISD Board sends a clear message: people of faith and traditional moral values are not welcome in Austin ISD,” David Walls, vice president of Texas Values and a parent in Austin ISD, said in a statement. “By passing this curriculum, Austin ISD has broken the sacred trust that parents put in their children’s schools. Austin ISD parents have no reason to entrust their children to a school district that weaponizes education to indoctrinate children into the LGBT political movement.”
In a document revealing the radical nature of the curriculum, Texas Values drew attention to materials for the Grades 3-5 curriculum that encourage children to abandon the terms “mother” and “father” or “mom” and “dad.”
“Use Gender Inclusive Language,” the curriculum advises teachers. “It is important to avoid terms which refer only to ‘male’ and ‘female’ identities when speaking with young children as this can limit their understanding of gender into binaries and can exclude children who may not identify within these identities. For example, when discussing family members or adults they may have in their life, try not to only use terms like ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. Try integrating words like, ‘parents’ or, ‘guardians’ to include children whose parents might not fit into ‘traditional’ concepts of family structures.”
So is it OK for trans [young men who become women] to compete in public school weight lifting competition? Yes, says Democrat from Minnesota Illan Omar, it’s fine for school age trans to compete in public school athletics. Others think trans competition is not fair.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote in a January letter to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, urging him to investigate USA Powerlifting for barring male weightlifters from female events.
Democrats’ Equality Act would make “gender identity” a protected category under federal anti-discrimination laws and would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.
Aptos Psychologist: Up to age 14-15 young women can successfully compete with young men in soccer. By age 15-16 young men win overwhelmingly against young women. Bodies simply change. A age 15-16 year old former male who now identifies and changes to be a female trans will win overwhelmingly against typical developing females.
Illam Omar, who was brought into the USA by Somalian adults who thwarted immigration laws, now supports trans thwarting the rules that have long defined high school sports.
Readers of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal would therefore have been surprised to discover this Notable and Quotable passage from The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke (2003), by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. The Journal helpfully notes that Ms. Warren is now a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, as you may have heard a time or two before.
In 2003, while a member of Harvard Law School’s faculty claiming Native American ancestry for some reason or other, Warren wrote:
Any policy that loosens the ironclad relationship between location-location-location and school-school-school would eliminate the need for parents to pay an inflated price for a home just because it happens to lie within the boundaries of a desirable school district.
A well-designed voucher program would fit the bill neatly. A taxpayer-funded voucher that paid the entire cost of educating a child (not just a partial subsidy) would open a range of opportunities to all children. . . . Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools.”
Thus said Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Has Elizabeth Warren now been chased to her warren?
USA public schools do not deliver quality education relative to charter schools or private schools. That’s what the parents think. And this has been going on for far too many years.
One way to compare students educated by different kinds of schools is to examine their math skills.
On a 2016 assessment of math skills of 15 year old students, out of 35 nations the United States tied for 31st place out of 35 nations. The USA came out ahead of only four countries: Greece, Chile, Turkey and Mexico.
So much for Obama’s Race for the Top? Looks more like a Slide to the Bottom.
Obama did not publish 2012 data which examined how parents viewed the performance of charter schools compared with public schools. Back in 2012 parents with children enrolled in charter schools were much more satisfied compared with public schools. And that trend continues four years later.
As to 2016 news about how parents view schools: Parents give charter schools much better marks compared with public schools. The parents who give charter schools higher marks are themselves less educated, have a lower percent of home ownership and are much more likely to be black or hispanic in ethnicity.
Public schools, charter schools and private schools are compared as to what parents think of the quality of teachers, values imparted and overall discipline. Across the boards the public schools are rated the lowest.
The above comes from a study done by Harvard University reported in the Wall Street Journal 12/13/2016 Trump’s Education Pick: A Win for Public-School Parents
Charter schools get no support by NAACP. Why? Because the NAACP supports the teacher unions and cares less about education choices available for young black children. Does that make sense? No.
Public schools whose teachers are unionized fail to teach children. Publicly funded charter schools – with no unions – succeed in teaching children.
Only 39 percent of students in New York state schools who were tested recently scored at the “proficient” level in math.
In contrast, 100 percent of the students at the Crown Heights Success Academy scored at that level in math.
Blacks and Hispanics are 90 percent of the students in the Crown Heights Success Academy — a charter school funded by taxpayers.
More than 43,000 families are on waiting lists to get their children into charter schools.
Teachers unions are opposed to any alternative to public education and contribute to politicians who place obstacles and restrictions on the expansion of charter schools.
The NAACP, at its 2016 national convention in Cincinnati, voted to support “a moratorium on the proliferation of privately managed charter schools.” Remember Martin Luther King’s dream?
It’s easy to understand why the NAACP is against any alternative to public schools. Many of its members work in public education.
However, many of those people do want alternatives for themselves.
In Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, 25 percent of public-school teachers send their children to private schools. In Philadelphia, 44 percent of teachers send their children to private schools. The percentages are similar in several other cities: Cincinnati, 41 percent, Chicago, 39 percent and Rochester, New York, 38 percent.