What do I do when homosexual curriculum is promoted in my child's school?
Do you know what you'd do if you learned your child's school was planning to use books and videos that introduce young children to the topics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage? Challenging situations like this are cropping up all across the country, so it's important to know what to do if this happens at your child's school.
Be aware. As parents and taxpayers, you have the right — and responsibility— to know what your child is being taught in public school classrooms.
Be proactive. Don't wait until inappropriate material gets into classrooms, or your child's hands, to do something about it. Once bad policies and curricula get in, it's hard to get them out.
Promote the right solution. Recognize that bullying and peer abuse is wrong and should be stopped. But this can and should be done without politicizing classrooms and introducing controversial, sexual topics to children against their parents' wishes.
Counteract deception with facts. Use facts to expose deceptive teaching that may be inappropriate for children or violate parental rights and religious freedoms.
For more tips on approaching school officials with your concerns, see "Do's and Don'ts for Approaching School Officials."
It all started when Tammy Schulz received an invitation to a "Welcoming Schools" presentation at her local elementary school. Billed as a way to address bullying, the program was introduced by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which has strong ties to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) — a national homosexual-activist group dedicated to promoting homosexuality to public school students as young as kindergarten.
At a neighborhood Bible study, she discovered that two other moms shared her concerns. To their dismay, they found that a teacher training conducted by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance had already taken place at their elementary school and had centered entirely on homosexuality. One of the documents they discovered that disturbed them most was a list of "perceived obstacles" to the program, including "family values" and "faith systems."
"It's a political agenda being shoved into my school," Schulz said, "to normalize homosexuality. …I have the right to pass on my faith and my values to my children. …It's as if the school is trying to 'correct' a value that our family holds. What business is it of theirs to try and change my family values?"
The concerned parents took their case to the school board. The bias Schulz and other parents encountered is increasingly common as homosexual-themed "safe schools" initiatives are introduced in public schools across the country. Ultimately, school officials implemented parental notification and "opt-out" policies for classroom or library content dealing with these controversial themes.
See TrueTolerance.org for sections "Express Your Viewpoint" and "Educate Yourself" for general information on how you can make a difference.
For more information on what you can do, read "Parents Beware" about actions other parents have taken in their community. If your child's school is sponsoring a homosexual-themed event, such as Day of Silence, see "Help for Parents Who Feel Powerless." Also, see TrueTolerance.org, click on "Latest Issues."
TrueTolerance.org is an online tool that helps parents respond in a winsome, factual way when issues like homosexuality and same-sex marriage are addressed in a one-sided manner in public schools. Filled with information from legal experts, examples of lesson plans that cross the line and fact-based counterpoints to the one-sided messages homosexual-advocacy groups frequently promote, TrueTolerance.org makes it easier for parents to make their voices heard and respond with truth to the biased information school officials are often receiving on these topics.
The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal organization concerned with preserving parental rights.