Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools piloted the Welcoming Schools transgender curriculum (K-5) during the 2016-17 school year, and the district is expanding the program to additional CMS elementary schools in the 2017-8 school year. We have also heard reports that schools in other counties are considering the program as well.
Welcoming Schools is promoted as an "anti-bias-bullying program," targeted for K-8th grade schoolchildren, and written and distributed for free by the Human Rights Campaign--America's largest organization working to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ideologies.
The Welcoming Schools program promotes the idea that elementary students are developmentally mature enough to discuss topics of sexual orientation and gender expression as early as kindergarten. The goals of the program appear clear: reduce the bullying of LGBTQ youth through normalization of LGBTQ lifestyles.
However, the unstated goal is indoctrination: to transform the societal morals through this normalization process. To teach the youngest of children what they are to think about sexuality, instead of how to think.
Just the other day, a kindergarten teacher in Sacramento taught children about gender fluidity without notifying parents. Parents were furious that their parental and privacy rights were violated, with one mother sharing that her daughter came home crying in fear she would turn into a boy.
At a time when young elementary aged children are forming their own identity, confusing sexual orientation and gender fluidity messages are developmentally inappropriate. The program uses psychological reconditioning techniques to cause children to accept and internalize cross-dressing and lesbianism and a range of other LGBTQ behaviors.
- It strives to convince children that any traditional attitudes about family structure are harmful.
- It encourages children to question their "gender."
- It includes well-crafted persuasion strategies such as role-playing, games, videos, and discussions.
- It does not teach consideration for those who are different--it demands confirmation. "I used to think, but now I know . . ." is an example of affirmation statements used in the curriculum.
- It encourages environments and incidents, such as occurred to a 1st grader in a California charter school, that punish and traumatize children for misusing preferred gender pronouns and names.
Topics referenced in the Welcoming Schools training module "Starter Kit of Introductory Material" include:
- Use of gender neutral pronouns in elementary school and addressing children as students, scholars, etc. not boys and girls.
- Affirmation of gender in elementary school by social transitioning.
- Propose and nurture social transition in elementary school including the option of taking hormone blockers to delay puberty.
- Teach that gender is not binary but rather "a continuum".
- Ensure anti-bullying policies focus on specifically named groups (LGBTQ) and include in these policies actual language discussing gender identity and sexual orientation.
- Promote the reading of books like Jacob's New Dress, The Boy in the Dress, Red: A Crayon's Story, and I am Jazz, that promote the concept of having an "identity crisis" to children as young as five years old.
Our schools ought to allow staff to continue to teach students to be respectful of each other regardless of differences, and families should be allowed to address topics such as alternative lifestyles and gender confusion when they feel it is developmentally appropriate and within the privacy of their own homes.
If you are a concerned parent, educator, counselor, or community member, and agree that the Welcoming Schools curriculum isn't appropriate for our local schools, will you add your name to our petition protecting parental and child privacy rights to NC's school boards?