Back to school with Laurie Higgins: Pencils, paper, LGBT visibility's forced truancy
It's back to school time! Here's Illinois Family Institute writer and researcher Laurie Higgins giving her advice to Land of Lincoln parents:
"Email all your children’s teachers now, telling them that under no circumstance is your child to be exposed to any resources or activities that address homosexuality or gender confusion, including through “bullying prevention” activities or sex ed. Tell them that you will be addressing those topics at home in a way that honors your beliefs and respects the dignity of all persons–which public school resources do not. Ask them if they agree to honor your request. If they tell you that they will be exposing students to material on homosexuality and gender confusion, you can either ask for a teacher reassignment, ask for prior notification so you can opt your child out of class on the days when such material is presented, or seek to homeschool your child for just that class (e.g. health)."
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So basically, if your public school teacher chooses to acknowledge the reality of the world and the full spectrum of taxpayers with it, then Ms. Higgins thinks you should thoroughly embarrass your child by seeking a more anti-LGBT teacher. It's just like back to school clothes shopping, except with the right side of history replacing the expensive shoes you wish your parent would buy into and intolerance standing in for the subpar knockoff on which you two must settle (*at least until you are old enough to get out and think, buy, and vote for yourself).
But I guess we'll have to wait to see if Illinois ultimately faces a crushing crop of parents requesting classroom transfers based around basic acceptance. Hopefully by "war on Christmas" break, things will have settled.
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