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What You Can Do about LGBT Curriculum in Your Kid’s Public School

As a parent, you have the responsibility to protect, guide, and support your child’s education. Equally, you have the right to interact in a meaningful way within your child’s school community to positively impact their future success and learning. As you consider how you can move forward in these areas, remember to focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t. Commit to supporting your relationship with your child to cultivate healthy discussions about potentially sensitive topics such as LGBT curriculum.

How much do you really know about what’s taught in your kid’s public school? It’s the nature of education to adapt and evolve with the cultural swings of society. Across the history of public education in the United States, public schools have adopted more fluid processes in administrative decisions. Currently, one common administrative decision most education systems face involves the inclusion of LGBT curriculum in public schools.

If you’ve decided to send your children to public school, you have a necessary responsibility attached to your child’s education. On average, your child will spend six to seven hours per day at school. These metrics only include instructional time. Think about the moments before and after school where your children discuss a variety of topics with their friends. It’s likely that you only receive a small window into these conversations.

Whether they realize it or not, your children desperately need your consistent involvement in their educational journey. Apart from financial and extra-curricular support, your investment in what occurs within the classroom can reap positive benefits for your child’s future. Let’s explore how you can engage not only your child on issues such as LGBT curriculum in public schools, but your administration and school board as well.

LGBT Curriculum in Public Schools

Location is an important factor in virtually all education-related decisions within the United States. Legislation regarding curriculum and educational standards tends to differ from state to state. However, there are several universal laws that regulate educational practices throughout the country.

Although LGBT curriculum does not currently fall under this category, there is an upward trend in its inclusion throughout multiple states in recent years. States such as California, Colorado, Illinois, and others each have passed unique LGBT curriculum in their public schools.

Generally, these laws outline LGBT inclusive curriculum focused on social science, history, and government courses. Often, these laws focus on the textbooks public schools issue to students. According to Education Week, “any textbooks bought with state funding must cover the roles and contributions of LGBT people.” Additionally, the textbooks cannot “include content that is discriminatory to any particular gender or sexual orientation.”

On the other side of the debate, some states such as Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and others have passed legislation which restricts the teaching of LGBT curriculum within schools. Specifically, these restrictions focus on discussions around alternative sexual lifestyles, transgenderism, and homosexuality.  

Central to our children’s intellectual and social development, education provides the necessary outlet for discovery, learning, and interaction with complex ideas alongside friends and peers.

Organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) commit to educating parents on current situations involving K-12 education, as well as parental rights within the context of religious freedom. A conservative organization itself, the ADF establishes its philosophy based on a family’s worldview. But what happens when a public school’s worldview directly clashes with your family’s worldview? More specifically, how does this play out with LGBT curriculum in public schools?

LGBT Curriculum in Public Schools

Examples of LGBT Curriculum in Public Schools

There are a variety of key examples involving the inclusion of LGBT curriculum in public schools. Some of these examples contain authentic stories of parents taking a stand within their child’s public school system. Other examples focus on general and practical realities of LGBT curriculum in public schools. However, both are relevant to you, your children, and your family.

LGBT Content in School Libraries

The Daily Citizen chronicled an example of LGBT curriculum in public schools which pitted a Virginia mom versus a school board. Per the Daily Citizen’s review, two particular library books feature “foul language and sexually graphic descriptions, images and excerpts.” In this case, the school board ultimately overruled collective parental concern in favor of reinstating these books within the school library.

LGBT Books for Kindergarteners

Another recent situation involving LGBT curriculum in public schools put younger kids at the center of the conversation. Also covered by The Daily Citizen, a particular school district added more than 100 books to classrooms that feature depictions and descriptions of homosexuality and transgenderism. Some of these books detail the use of different pronouns from the traditional “he/she”. Going further, some of these books explicitly describe sexual encounters between minors of the same gender.

LGBT History Month

Recognized throughout October, LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements and history of LGBT icons through raising awareness for students of all ages. Across the nation, observance and celebration of LGBT History Month is not intentionally mandated by education systems. However, since it is celebrated by a range of activist and education organizations, it is widely recognized as an important and necessary part of the educational calendar.

According to the LGBT History Month’s website, the month exists to “celebrate our [LGBT] heritage.” Supported by the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network (GSAs), LGBT History Month often establishes learning opportunities, lesson plans, and educational materials focused on teaching children about homosexuality and gender identity.

LGBT Educational Training for Teachers

According to their website, The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) exists to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

In public school environments, this mission often involves specific LGBT educational training for teachers. These training sessions focus on professional development including knowledge of LGBT student experiences, cultivating allyship, and advocating for LGBT curriculum in public school systems.

In further detail, LGBT professional development also specifically focuses on pronoun use and inclusion within the classroom setting. The term “misgendering” is often cited as reason for educators to intentionally lead their classroom to adopt LGBT-aligned ideology within the classroom.

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What Parents Can Do

Even if you are not actively or directly involved with your child’s school district or educational system, you can have an impact. From interacting with your child’s school board to developing space for discussions with your children and their friends, there are a variety of opportunities to positively impact your community.

1. Know the Facts

Take the necessary steps to educate yourself on relevant topics of interest within your child’s public school. As a parent, you can explore facets of your child’s school such as curriculum, library materials, reading lists, and other school-related content. Then, you can also discover your specific state and local laws concerning LGBT curriculum in your community

2. Familiarize Yourself with the School Board

Whether your child’s public school board meets in person or online, make an effort to be present. For example, parents should have the right to see the requirements for curriculum-based decisions such as a public school’s book collection. Then, you can effectively argue against obscene and vulgar content within your child’s public school.

3. Join a School-Sponsored Committee or Group

In most public school systems, there are opportunities for parents to voice their concern or support for various curriculum or school related decisions. For instance, parents can join a book collection review committee which helps approve content for school districts. Similarly, you have the right to explore which databases and digital content sites your school district allows for research and education.

4. Talk with Teachers and Other Parents

Finally, it’s important that you remain in communication with other parents in your child’s school community. Discuss objectionable content within curriculum or your concerns involving topics such as LGBT curriculum. As always, maintain grace and understanding in these conversations. Also, avoid gossiping over what you heard about your child’s public school’s curriculum choices. Investigate the truth for yourself so you can continue to engage in healthy conversation about controversial topics.

What Your Kids Can Do

Don’t forget that your child is the one at school every day. As much as difficult topics and conversations weigh on you as a parent, they might weigh on your child even more. Instead of neglecting their emotions and opinions, engage them in healthy, positive discussions about what they see, hear, and experience every day at school.

1. Check-In Conversations

Let your child know that it’s safe for them to talk with you about anything. Especially confusing or problematic topics such as LGBT curriculum. Then, support your child’s educational journey through encouraging them to make wise decisions filled with grace and kindness. Reiterate that you’re on their side. As a parent, you’re advocating and protecting them rather than trying to embarrass or humiliate them.

2. Join a School-Sponsored Committee or Group

Just as parents can join committees dedicated to advocating against objectionable and vulgar curriculum, your children can too. Organizations such as student council or student congress provide avenues for your children to voice their opinions and arguments about topics they passionately support. If your child expresses interest in these areas, encourage them to learn more about available opportunities in their public school.

3. Talk with Their Friends

In some cases, your children will be more comfortable talking about sensitive issues like LGBT curriculum with their friends than with you. That’s okay! Don’t worry if your child doesn’t open up to you immediately. If you notice that they’re engaging in these conversations with their friends (and they likely are), then encourage those conversations with your verbal support. Provide the necessary answers and check-ins to ensure that your child is set up for success in their friendships.

4. Contact Local and State Representatives

If your child is more politically minded or cares about activism, encourage them to contact their local or state representatives. This could be an excellent opportunity to bond with your child as they express their opinions and feelings. Consider how you can establish communication with a local or state representative through a letter, email, or even in-person meeting.

Final Thoughts

There’s no practical way for parents to know everything that happens at their child’s public school. Even so, there are ample opportunities for you to make a positive difference. Also, you can have a healthy presence in your child’s educational journey.

Changes within educational systems are often subtle. Gradual adjustments to educational legislation such as LGBT curriculum can go unnoticed for years. Then, suddenly the curriculum appears within all facets of a school system.

As a parent, you have the responsibility to protect, guide, and support your child’s education. Equally, you have the right to interact in a meaningful way within your child’s school community to positively impact their future success and learning. As you consider how you can move forward in these areas, remember to focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t. Commit to supporting your relationship with your child to cultivate healthy discussions about potentially sensitive topics such as LGBT curriculum.

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With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

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Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

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Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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