SOME FAIRBANKS PARENTS SAY THIS IS TOO FAR
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board will consider a resolution Tuesday evening (Oct. 16) that adopts November as LGBTQ month, and promotes the teaching of LGBTQ culture and history in classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Resolution 2019-08 recognizes that discrimination is bad and inclusion is good. It is being brought to the board by the district’s diversity committee.
Most of the resolution could be applied to people as a whole — all members of the education community should be valued and supported, regardless of their race, gender, or ability. In other words, be nice and don’t discriminate.
But the resolution goes a step further, to encourage the teaching of a specific kind of history — LGBTQ history and culture — throughout the month, and throughout the grades.
“WHEREAS, all students and staff members will benefit from inclusion of LGBTQ history and culture,” the resolution reads.
That “will benefit from” clause prompts teachers to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer history and culture in their classrooms.
Not all parents think that’s a benefit. Some think it’s an agenda.
The resolution promotes the contributions and accomplishments of people who have an ever-elastic gender and sexual attraction identity, and recognizes the LGBTQ community as a “growing asset.”
Some parents wonder if public schools are taking it too far. The resolution, after all, involves the teaching of human sexuality, always a controversial subject. It takes sex ed and makes it into a month-long event to normalize what some parents think is not the schools’ role, but the parents’ role.
Teachers are not forced to include these topics in their coursework, but some of them are likely to do so, bringing in drag queen story times, and special visits from LGBTQ advocates. Teachers who identify strongly with the LGBTQ movement will tend to push the boundaries from teaching respect to teaching make-up tricks.
The United Nations and Planned Parenthood have promoted curricula that reaches down as far as kindergarten to ensure that five-year-olds learn about gender fluidity. That puts schools on a collision course with parents who are teaching traditional values at home.
Elizabeth Holm, a parent from North Pole, noted that the schools are teaching that gender has nothing to do with actual biology. She encourages parents to consider opting out of school in November.
“If this is something your family is not comfortable with, Alaska Law permits parents to keep their students home the duration of the resolution but the students are still responsible for completing their homework and this does not count toward missed days, but you do need to communicate about your intentions with administration,” she wrote.
In other words this could be a perfect time to try out homeschooling, she said.