Learn How To Stop Schools from Perverting Your Children

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A mother in Florida in the United States of America (USA) says her child’s school recognized her child’s gender identity as different from the one they recognized at home and she advocates against such practice.

A few weeks ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure, the Parental Rights in Education bill, that critics have successfully labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” law. But proponents of the bill say it would ensure parents are informed if their child is experiencing confusion over their identity.

In Africa and other parts of the world, efforts of those promoting the bill in the U.S have opened the eyes of many parents about their right to know and approve of what their children are being taught in school.

The bill will also limit LGBTQ discussion in schools. But it’s also on the front lines of the battle over how much say parents should have in their children’s education — and it raises questions of how much schools should act as a support system for students.

The state of Florida has banned instruction or classroom discussion about LGBTQ issues for kindergarten through third grade. Also, for older students, discussion about gay and transgender issues has to be “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.”

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The text of the legislation says the law is effectively a statement that classroom education about sexual orientation and gender shouldn’t start at an early age, and that parents should have the final say about what their children learn and when. It aims to “reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children,

Though sex education has already been banned in Florida (as in many states) until the fifth grade. So critics say the law tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist for the state’s youngest students. Opponents of the bill says it limits even discussions about LGBTQ issues and could stifle conversations for children who need to work through their own gender or sexual identity questions.

Brandon Wolf of the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida said: “It begs the question of whether a teacher having a picture of a partner on their desk, or being asked to be referred to as Mr. or Mrs., if that counts as classroom instruction on gender identity”.

However, the bill empowers parents to sue the school district over teachings they don’t like. And the district will have to pay for it. This may prompt schools to preemptively shut out teachings or conversations about LGBTQ issues. On this wing of this development, some librarians across the country are accusing their schools of quietly removing race – and LGBTQ-related books from their shelves before it starts a fight.

Wolf said that “Cash-strapped school districts can’t afford to test the bounds of a law like this”, citing reports that some schools in the state have started to peel off rainbow safe-space stickers from windows. “It’s the chilling effect that is a natural implication of this legislation”.

The bill also requires schools to tell parents when their child receives mental health services, which some argue could take away a school’s ability to serve as a haven for students who might not feel comfortable talking to their parents about their gender orientation or sexuality.

Meanwhile, LGBTQ advocates say this legislation furthers efforts to paint LGBTQ people as “other,” or even dangerous. This law comes at a time when the culture wars led by the right are catching fire with the base, but also as more young Americans than ever identify as LGBTQ.

Some proponents of the bill have reportedly villainize people who oppose it. They claim opponents of the bill have to lie because if they admitted what they were really for, that is sexualizing kindergartners, that would not fly with the public.

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