Brave new kindgergarten: After story time is 'transphobic' pledge

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A primary school in England is causing uproar after students as young as three years old were asked to sign a pledge to never use "transphobic" language. 

But that would never happen in the U.S., right?

The pledge at Turnham Primary School is part of a "home-school agreement" that children must sign before they start school in the fall, The Daily Mail reported.

Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel says parental rights don't seem to mean much in England – and in the U.S. either.  

He points to a 9th Circuit federal court ruling that stated parents have a choice whether to drop off their children at the schoolhouse door. 

"And once they do," Staver says, quoting from the ruling, "they become part of the school system and therefore the school can require them to do a wide variety of things, including things objectionable to their values."

Staver

Staver was referring to a 2005 case, Fields v. Palmdale School District, in which Liberty Counsel represented California parents that objected to a sex survey of their elementary school children.

Responding to the Turnham school pledge, a parent told The Daily Mail that her three-year-old doesn't understand what the sexual terms mean and can barely hold a crayon to sign the pledge.

"This just fills me with dread about what sort of politically correct, tick-box bureaucracy runs this school," the parent told the newspaper.

Staver says parents in America need to take the Turnham story seriously, using it as a reminder to pay attention to their children's school.

OneNewsNow reported in April on a California school district in which a "pleasure activist" employed by Planned Parenthood led a sex education workshop with students.

Last November, junior high students at another California school were quizzed about their gender, including if they are "agender," "two-spirit" or "bi-gender."  

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