This story actually came out on July 1st, but I have been a little busy writing podcast scripts, and didn’t have time to blog about it. I thought it was an interesting story, because it really shows how far left the public schools have gone down the “don’t judge” road. Now, they are actually punishing male teachers who warn students about the long-term risks of following social trends.
So, the first thing to say is that I wrote a previous post about how transforming is related to peer pressure. Basically, kids are wanting to transform because it provides them with social benefits, especially giving them immunity from being judged. But what’s interesting is how it is affecting children who don’t have depression or any social problems.
Check out this recent article from City Journal (the journal of the Manhattan Institute), which talks about what is really going on in schools:
Patricia (a pseudonym) is the mother of a teenage girl who in recent years has come to identify as transgender. She lives in California, considers herself progressive, votes Democrat, and leads a group for parents of children with rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD)—that is, youth who suddenly experience distress with their bodies and believe that undergoing medical “transition” will make them whole again. When I spoke to her recently, she recounted how her daughter’s at-first-lesbian and then trans identity emerged in response to feelings of shame about being white.
I have since spoken to more than a dozen ROGD parents and parent-group leaders who tell a similar story. Their schools compulsively tell their children how awful it is to be white, how white people enjoy unearned “privilege,” how they benefit from “systems” put in place by and for white people for the sole purpose of oppressing “people of color.” Plagued by guilt, the children—almost all of them girls—rush to the sanctuary of “LGBTQ+” identity. Once there, they are catapulted into hero status. According to Patricia, some teachers at her daughter’s school are more forgiving toward “queer” and “trans” kids who hand in their homework late.
The students, especially the girls, absorb this messaging. They are acutely sensitive to how identity affects their social status and academic fortunes. They want the warmth that comes with queer/trans identity, but above all they don’t want to be thought of as vicious oppressors.
What happens if a teacher tries to warn a student about transforming?
The Daily Caller has a story about that:
A Colorado teacher was disciplined after suggesting to a transgender student that the rise in transgenderism is a “trend” that some come to regret, according to documents provided to the Daily Caller from the educator.
The student wanted the teacher to help the student pass the course, and the teacher agreed to knock out some of the bad grades. Then the teacher, in a P.S., warned the student to do more research about the long-term consequences of transforming. He warned the student about permanent effects of treatment.
Here is what the school did to the teacher for telling the student to research the decision to transform:
Jefferson County Public Schools sent Vagos a letter of reprimand arguing that he violated the district’s policy of “harassment of students based on sexual orientation.” Vagos was told he can no longer use the word “trend” when discussing transgender ideology, according to the reprimand letter.
“Your response to this student and the provision of this link imparts a lack of support and reduces a student’s self-identification as being transgendered as a “trend” rather than something real the student is experiencing,” the letter read.
A substitute teacher was provided in Vagos’ absence as he underwent a “Gender Inclusion 101” training provided by the Jefferson County Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team. Videos from the training included “Avery’s Story,” “Mom, I’m Not A Girl: Raising a Transgender Child,” and “What is a Gender Inclusive School?” Another training was provided by “Gender Spectrum.”
He made his career choice. Now it’s very difficult for him to transition into a private sector career with 15 years of experience teaching children. So he had to jump through their secular left hoops to save his job. He probably had a wife and kids to support. This is why I recommend to young people to do STEM degrees, and private sector jobs. You can always find work no matter what.
There was a time in my life when I wanted to be an English literature teacher more than anything. I won a couple of awards for best English literature student in high school (and a couple for computer science, too). I really liked finding the wisdom in classic literature – the real stuff: Shakespeare, Spenser, Austen, etc. But I can’t really recommend to Christians that they pursue a career in public education at this time. And I certainly don’t recommend that Christian parents put their children into public schools.
Whatever you are doing in your life, make sure you run the numbers and have enough for homeschooling or private Christian schools. Homeschooling is the better option. It won’t be cheap, but you can’t put Christian kids into public schools.
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I would just add that homeschooling is very inexpensive in terms of out of pocket costs compared with private schools, but, yes, one parent needs to be home and thus out of the workforce.
It’s interesting that they are actually censoring a word like “trend” used on this context.
This is going to backfire when these children grow up, realize that they have been abusively deceived by their parents and teachers, and decide to enact revenge.
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Yes, homeschooling is very inexpensive if you don’t count income lost from having a parent at home. In our case, we were committed to having me home with the children anyway.
Homeschooling is far cheaper than private school. In fact, it’s not any more expensive than public schools. If my kids were in public schools, I would need supplies mandated by the teachers like folders for turning in assignments and notebooks and so on plus school clothes and so on. I spend about $150 per child per year for curriculum to homeschool. It could be cheaper than that. There are even free options. It’s not at all expensive to homeschool.
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I hope Republicans pass laws toallow children to sue all the leftists who caused them permanent damage. We could do a lot of good for these kids.
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I agree, WK.
I might even go further and suggest Nuremberg Trials 2.0 for the main perpetrators of abortion, transgendering children, drag queen grooming hour, etc.
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Homeschooling does NOT have to be expensive, though that may depend on where you live. I’ve heard that some places require homeschoolers to buy approve curriculum.
We homeschooled our kids in three different Canadian provinces. Each has its own regulations, ranging from none at all (in ON, if you’ve never sent your child to public school in the first place, you never have to register or notify anyone as a homeschooler) to financially supportive (in AB, you are required to register with your choice of school board, have at least 2 facilitator visits, and get a minimum 50% of the funding that would have gone to a school, either through reimbursement or purchase order).
Some people do “school at home”, complete with formal curriculums and scheduled classes and subjects. Others go the complete opposite to “radical unschooling”, where they not only don’t use formal curriculum or schedules, but actively ban workbooks and other schoolish material, and even bed times. Most find something in between that fits for their families. In our case, we leaned more to the unschooling end of things. My husband got a job in IT after leaving the navy, and we moved many times, following his work. That allowed me to stay home with the girls. We had plenty of books, including university level text books we found at garage sales, and made heavy use of the library system. The Great Courses series (now called Wondrium) was well loved. This gave them the freedom of tangential learning, and our biggest challenge was to stay out of their way, because any time we tried to get more involved, in inadvertently held them back.
In talking to friends and neighbours who sent their kids to public school, I was amazed by how much money they were required to spend. I honestly don’t know how anyone can afford to send their kids to public school.
Homeschooling, however, is not a perfect solution. We were involved with a number of homeschool support groups, both online and in person. As I got to know some of the other parents, I found a lot of them were very “progressive”, anti-conservative and anti-Christian. Many also just had to have their token gay child, to prove their cool-parent credentials. Today, it would be a token trans child. A lot of these groups claim to be open to everyone, including all religions, so long as you didn’t proselytize. If you are an atheist, pagan, Buddhist, etc., you could talk about your beliefs all you wanted. But if you were a Christian and started talking about your beliefs, the moderators would threaten to ban you for proselytizing.
Among the children, there were just as many cliques and bullies. One of my daughters even had a knife pulled on her and her friend and threatened, when they tried to intervene in a bullying situation. That didn’t work too well for the bully. Their immediate reaction was alarm at the kid’s poor and dangerous knife skills, then scoffing at the cheap POS knife he had. My daughter pulled out the Kbar we got her for her birthday – and taught her to use safely and properly – to demonstrate appropriate knife skills. The kid ran off, came back dragging his mother and crying, claiming my daughter and her friend threatened him. When my daughter explained what happened, the mother just shrugged, told them to work it out and left. The bullying child immediately stopped crying and started laughing over getting away with his behaviour.
I’m thinking about the lost income of a second worker when I say homeschooling is “expensive”.
I really like the Ka-bar story. That would not work in a public school though. All the women teachers would be terrified and expel your daughter to the moon.
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Yup. Meanwhile the kid who first pulled the knife on her, because she stopped him from bullying little kids, would have maybe gotten a stern talking to. If that.
When I was in undergraduate, the honors societies (Phi Beta Kappa/Phi Kappa Phi) were (and probably still are) very “love of learning is love of the humanities”. My transcript reads “all the classes needed for a chemistry major, all the higher level chemistry electives, a Spanish minor, and the bare minimum classes needed for general education – primarily taken in January term when real science classes aren’t offered”.
My essay on why I should be let into their societies read “library access is available to all students and contains many great works of classic literature. I decided to read the complete works of Jane Austen this winter and think about them by myself rather than petitioning to have a higher course load.” I still enjoy Jane Austen, and the liberal arts professors let me into their humanities based honors societies.
That is so creepy how CRT is tied to the “trans” craze. How satanic to make the kids feel bad and unpopular and then offer them the LGBTQX pass to the front of the line.
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I dont think that people are willing to see how where the”don’t judge” compassion crowd really lead us. But if the new “goodness” all about compassion, them they will literally affirming anything evil as good in order to signal their virtue.
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