Gender Identity: Schools' Big Secret

Dobson Policy Center

If your child is struggling academically in school, chances are you'll be notified.

But if your child is struggling with his or her God-given gender? Don't count on it.

The latest school district to embrace the radical "orthodoxy" of "gender identity" is found in rural Wisconsin. In late October, the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) sent a letter to its staff drawing attention to a change to its "Nondiscrimination Guidelines Related to Students Who Are Transgender and Students Who Are Nonconforming to Gender Role Stereotypes."

What's the change? LifeSiteNews reports:

Prior to the notice, employees were bound by an administrative guideline to seek parental consent "to use a student's preferred name or gender pronouns if they differed from the student's biological sex assigned at birth," meaning teachers were obliged to make parents aware of any significant change in how their child perceives their nature. 

Now, however, "[d]istrict staff members are no longer required to seek parental consent prior to honoring student requests to be called by their preferred name and/or pronouns," OASD Director of Student Services Matthew Kaemmerer wrote. The letter was co-headed by OASD Superintendent Dr. Bryan Davis. 

This is equal parts shocking and outrageous. In 1923, the U.S. Supreme Court held that "it is the natural duty of the parent to give his children education suitable to their station in life." The high court has also acknowledged that a child is "not the mere creature of the state" (1925), that parents have a fundamental right over "the companionship, care, custody, and management" of their children (1972), and that the "primary role of parents in the upbringing of their children" is "beyond debate." (1972).

But according to an increasing number of school districts, this "primary role of parents" doesn't extend to something as basic as human sexuality. Are your children in public schools? It may be time to consider your options. At the very least, realize that the public school system can no longer be viewed as an ally in your child's education. Instead, you need to consider public school officials as a potential and powerful source of indoctrination. Your sacred charge is to protect and train your children—make sure you are up to the task!

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