Is it time that Christians speak up on transgender issues? I believe it is. After meeting with parents at Rocklin Academy Gateway School, I thought it would be important to share an example of what our kid’s face in this godless culture today.
A young Californian splashed in the bathtub, enjoying the freedom of being six. Catching a glimpse in the mirror, she froze. Her hair was slicked back, like a boy’s, she decided. Frightened tears streaked down, and when her mom asked why, the kindergartener told the truth: she didn’t want to become a boy.
A classmate’s mom asked him to carry his sisters’ laundry. The boy flatly refused. “I’m not going to touch those girl clothes! If I do, I’m going to turn into a girl!”
What caused these kindergarteners’ fears and false beliefs?
The short answer: their teacher telling them one can change their gender. The longer one: last June, a kindergarten teacher at Rocklin Academy read the book I am Jazz co-written by a teenaged transgender activist to her classroom. The illustrated book (targeted toward ages four to eight) introduces young readers to Jazz, a child who, from the age two, “knew she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”
Afterward, a kindergarten boy changed into a dress and was newly introduced to the class as a girl, with teacher-given instructions to call him by his new feminine name.
The kids’ distressing responses at home made total—yet heartbreaking—sense.
Given the controversy surrounding the transgender movement in our nation, it also makes sense to inform parents of children who might not have mastered shoe-tying yet that such a provocative book—and worldview—would be read and pushed. But when parents found out and confronted the school administration, they responded by noting that I am Jazz is on the California Department of Education’s recommended literature list.
California state law already mandates that schools provide parental notification and opt-out when teaching comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention education. Why not include transgender advancement and other sexuality and gender discussions on that list? That’s a main point in the parental rights policy that Advocates for Faith & Freedom, and attorneys from other non-profit firms, proposed as a compromise to the Rocklin Academy administration. Proposed policy also mandates that schools must inform parents when anyone using restrooms, locker rooms or showers designated for the opposite sex will be on campus so that parents can request alternative privacy spaces.
After a nearly five-hour school board meeting last September, Rocklin Academy’s board unanimously rejected that common-sense proposal and instead decided to keep the policy of allowing teachers of any-aged kids to read and teach controversial viewpoints without first informing parents or allowing opt-outs. (They have indicated, however, that they are willing to listen to parents’ concerns going forward.).
And to add insult to injury, each year the California Charter Schools Association recognizes individuals for what the CCSA considers “outstanding achievements”—and after reading I am Jazz to her kindergarteners, this year’s CCSA “Teacher of the Year” honor was awarded to this Rocklin teacher!
These events are all deeply concerning to not only us at Advocates, but anyone who believes that mothers and fathers should have more say in how a child is raised than the State. When a young child faces these kinds of situations without the maturity to be able to properly deal with it, emotional trauma and confusion ensue. So much so, in fact, that we think Rocklin Academy’s behavior is actionable in a court of law as negligent infliction of emotional distress on children.
Unfortunately, we feel that this incident at RA will not be an isolated one; as long as we are afraid to say what every other rational human is already thinking, more kids will be guinea pigs for the transgender movement.
If your child or one you know has experienced some level of emotional disturbance because of schools presenting transgender beliefs and behaviors as valid, normal and real, Advocates would love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
Because we can and should speak up in this arena! During the past administration, many public leaders were afraid to speak on gender and sexuality issues from a distinctly Christ-based worldview. It didn’t work. We tried to argue in the courts without reliance on the existence of God and basic moral truths. It didn’t work. We tried arguing in the media without appearing too religious. It didn’t work.
It is high time to stop hiding our clear Christian worldview on these issues. We can do this in love, but with boldness for the Truth in God’s Word and nature.
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