A Christian teacher is warning parents about some pro-LGBT curriculum that may soon make its way into their child’s public school classroom, compliments of the NEA.
At their just-ended convention, the National Education Association adopted a business item that encourages members to incorporate into the classroom lessons promoting the homosexual lifestyle.
The business item states that the NEA encourages "all educators [to] integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history, people and issues into their instructional programs." The primary curriculum, Unheard Voices, is produced by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and offers what it calls “thematic” lessons on such topics as gender identity, “anti-LGBT slurs,” and “winning the right to marry.”
NEA delegate Sue Halvorson of Minnesota, a Christian, tells OneNewsNow that she is very concerned.
“I’m a teacher in a middle school, sixth- through eighth-grade, and I just feel like this is devastating for our children because they already do question and wonder what’s going on,” she shares. “And when these things are presented in the schools, nothing negative is presented with it.”
Halvorson urges parents to investigate these lessons online “because kids might not bring home [the material] because this curriculum that’s discussed there is something that’s done in the classroom and [during] classroom discussion.”
She adds: “It’s very dangerous, and I just really want parents and teachers to be aware of it.”
One student handout (page 49 of the “Stories of LGBT History” material) offers guidelines on how to be an “ally” to transgender people. One guideline suggests referring to some transgenders using gender-neutral pronouns – “hir” instead of his/her, “sie” or “zi” instead of he/she; another encourages students to “think expansively about gender and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking about the issue.”
A list of definitions (pages 51-53) defines “heterosexism” as a "conscious or unconscious bias based on the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm.”
Collaborating with GLSEN on the curriculum project were the Anti-Defamation League and StoryCorps.
An education researcher recently published an article about Common Core that will concern, even frighten, parents unfamiliar with the goals of the standards.