There are more shenanigans from the elites of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia, and more consequences that will be borne by children and parents.
Parents and teachers have been passionately battling the incursion of Critical Race Theory Curriculum and new transgender policies that usurp both science and parental rights. The most recent attempt to make an end-run around parents comes in the form of a chilling new policy that would not only allow biological boys to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, it encourages teachers to withhold any discoveries of gender dysphoria among their students from parents.
Language in the new policy is specific about pointing out to teachers that they are under no obligation to communicate gender dysphoria issues to parents, even as teachers are required to adopt “preferred pronouns” of children as young as kindergarten age.
“Refer to additional discussions regarding when parents are aware of but are not affirming of the student’s transgender status in the next section.”
It’s not even enough for parents to be aware. They must be affirming or they lose their right to know what’s happening with their own child in the school they pay for.
Under this bill, faculty and staff will be punished if they don’t comply with the preferred pronouns of students as early as kindergarten.
However, they ARE permitted to hide a child’s gender dysmorphia from their own parents. pic.twitter.com/Jsw8IHmcvr
— Justine Brooke Murray (@Justine_Brooke) August 10, 2021
An aside: do kindergarteners have “preferred pronouns” or is it their parents who have them? I can’t imagine a five-year-old child spontaneously telling their teacher “My pronouns are she/her” unless they’d been coached by a parent to tell people about their own pronouns. If you leave a kid alone, is that something that develops naturally by the age of five?
No. Of course not.
Now back to the story.
RedState’s Jennifer Oliver O’Connell reported on the general nastiness surrounding school battles last week, and she highlighted one particular teacher who quit on the spot over the new policy while at a school board meeting.
Laura Morris took to the mic in tears at a recent meeting and told the school board that she has been in conflict over the new school year and how it may require her to violate her faith.
‘This summer I have struggled with the idea of returning to school, knowing that I’ll be working yet again with a school division that, despite its shiny tech and flashy salary, promotes political ideologies that do not square with who I am as a believer in Christ.’
She went on to say that Loudoun County doesn’t value teachers and as thus she can not be a part of a “machine” that forces her to support “highly-politicized agendas,” and she promptly quit. Right there on the spot.
You no longer value me, or many other teachers you have employed in this county.
So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.
School board, I quit.
I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents – the children.
I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in this county to flood the private schools.
Morris’ comments come on the heels of another Loudoun County teacher, Tanner Cross, who was suspended from teaching after his pubic comments at a board meeting. Cross, similarly to Morris, said his faith would not allow him to honor any policy that denies the reality of biological gender.
Loudoun County School Board just put a school teacher on administrative leave for stating he would not teach LGBTQ because it violates his Christian principles. pic.twitter.com/QCwzIYdNNw
— Michael S. Miller (@imichaelsmiller) May 27, 2021
Loudoun County and far too many school districts across the country seem bound and determined to drive away their most dedicated teachers, their braintrust.
Perhaps this is the intentional dumbing down of America. With students spending more time learning about pronouns and less time learning math and reading, we are producing generations of thoughtless robots. As Jennifer Oliver O’Connell puts it, that may be deliberate.
Loudon County seems to be ground zero for this, but it is occurring all over the country. With this fatal agenda already entrenched in the public education systems of the U.S., a quality private school or a homeschool education appears to be a parent’s last outpost.
Here is the choice before not only parents, but all Americans: keep producing uneducated children who can be easily manipulated and used as pawns for the Leftist agenda, or produce thinking and reasoning children who will fight for their autonomy, their minds, their unique place in the world, and their right to exist as God created them.
The Loudoun County School Board cut off Morris’ mic as soon as she revealed her intention to quit, and they’ve moved to a policy that only allows for 10 people at a time inside the room for public comments. They’ve been openly hostile to parents, the very parents they supposedly work for.
God bless brave souls like Morris and Cross. It is time for every parent with any sanity left to stand up and fight hard. When truth is silenced by the elites, it’s time to scream louder.