A Minnesota elementary school student made some national news when a video of her expressing concerns about what went on in her class to her school board went viral.
Haylee Yasgar told the school board that she and her fourth-grade classmates in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District were forced to fill out an “equity survey” that many of them didn’t understand.
This student just called out her teachers for giving out a Critical Race Theory survey to students and not letting them tell their parents. pic.twitter.com/2nznTccMcq
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) July 23, 2021
“My teacher said that I could not skip any questions even when I didn’t understand. One question asked us what gender we identify with. I was very confused along with a lot of other classmates,” Yasgar said at the meeting. They asked questions, but still didn’t understand. They were then told they couldn’t ask their parents or repeat the questions to them. Being asked to hide this from her mom made her very uncomfortable, Yasgar said, “like I was doing something wrong.”
According to Center Square, the equity survey didn’t just deal with gender questions but was “part of a reckoning of how school systems nationwide should teach issues related not only to sexuality but as well as race in a state where George Floyd died in police custody last year.”
Yasgar and her mother Kelsey Yasgar appeared on “Fox and Friends” today and explained more.
Kelsey Yasgar was very upset. She blasted the lack of transparency about the questions and telling the kids not to tell their parents what the questions were. A third party, Equity Alliance Minnesota, actually administered the survey. You can see the crazy gender identity question they are asking the little kids on the following video. Not only don’t I think any fourth grader would understand it or should be asked it, but it’s also poorly written.
Minnesota mother shocked after her 4th grade daughter was given an "equity survey" in class and allegedly told "not to repeat any of the questions" to her parents. pic.twitter.com/zq5DZeWRzA
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 26, 2021
“I do want to say, though, I believe that this wasn’t a single case that her teacher made this decision. We had been informed that this came down from the administration and Equity Alliance of Minnesota instructed them to make sure the children did not share this information with their parents and that should pose a great concern in any parent’s eyes,” Kelsey Yasgar said.
Neither the school nor Equity Alliance has commented so far on this issue. That’s also a pretty bad look, especially coming after a board meeting. It suggests they can’t really defend what’s being said here.
The gender equity question wasn’t something that most fourth-graders would even understand. What was worse, it was number 46. God only knows what the other — at least — 45 questions were. Why would you ever want to tell kids to keep something from their parents, unless you knew that something was wrong with what you’re asking? No school or teacher should ever be saying that to any child. The school’s role isn’t to indoctrinate kids on political topics or to question them about gender. It’s to teach specific subjects, not to teach what to think. But we are seeing much more of this with the effort to push CRT and there’s going to be a lot more push back like this coming.
This is why every parent should be reviewing their child’s work every day. Teachers who make statements like this do not deserve to be in the classroom. https://t.co/b5LAu0gCp3
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 26, 2021