Education or Indoctrination: Elementary School Teaches Gender Diversity

I’m sure that posting this will get me called a few names, but it’s far too important to let that stop me.

I am not in any way opposed to human rights for gay people and I absolutely oppose unjust discrimination against them. But I honestly think that the kind of indoctrination of little children shown in this news video ignores these children’s human rights.

The UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child is not legally binding on Americans, but it does have some salient points which apply to this situation. The Declaration says in part:

The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration …

… The child is entitled to receive education, which shall be free and compulsory, at least in the elementary stages. He shall be given an education which will promote his general culture and enable him, on a basis of equal opportunity, to develop his abilities, his individual judgement, and his sense of moral and social responsibility, and to become a useful member of society.
The best interests of the child shall be the guiding principle of those responsible for his education and guidance; that responsibility lies in the first place with his parents.

There is no doubt in my mind that the school program shown in this news video abuses the human rights of the children shown here. Children have a right to receive a free, appropriate education without being emotionally and intellectually violated by the professionals who run the schools.

What is the purpose of our public schools? Do we build and support this massive system of public schools to offer a free, quality education for every child, or are we doing it to build factories for the deliberate dissemination of cultural attitudes and biases?

How are we going to be able to continue to blindly trust our children to schools like this? What are our alternatives?

Watch this news report from Fox News and try to answer these questions and the many others that are bound to occur to you. As for me, I am gobsmacked. It will take me a while to think this through.

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  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    Yep, I’m going to be the first to call you names:

    Brilliant
    Incisive
    Brave
    Righteous
    and Correct

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      blush

  • Sus

    While I applaud their no bullying stance, this is ridiculous. How many kids are going to be confused after that class?

    I am interested in what proponents’ reasoning behind why this would be a good idea.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree Sus. Frankly, I don’t think the answer to bullying is to “train” kids. I think the answer is for the adults in the schools to set limits on behavior and to enforce them. I had a child who was bullied and the teachers would do nothing. I ended up taking him out of the school. Looking back, I’m only sorry I sent him there in the first place. We read Lord of the Flies and miss the truth that’s in it about how cruel children can be and how important adult responsibility is. That kind of adult refusal to be the adults has left things wide open for this kind of abuse.

  • Bill S

    I think it is important to nip bullying in the bud. Whether that includes the type of training shown on the news clip I leave to the school boards. Kids grow up with prejudices that sometimes need correction.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Oh come on Bill. Of course bullying needs to be handled. The problem with bullying is that too many schools allow it and do nothing. However, the kind of “training” in this video is brainwashing of little children. Saying that you’ll leave it to the school boards is, if you are a parent, dodging your responsibilities.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    I’m getting a little tired of all this nonsense about bullying, I was a fat kid myself and got bullyed for it all through elementary school, care to know when it stopped? It stopped the day I took a swing at the worst of the bullies, I got lucky, it was a draw. But win, lose, or draw; bullying ends when you refuse to be a victim. Teach that and we’ll have a better country for it.

    • http://metabooleans.blogspot.com/ Nick

      I’ve heard this advice, and seriously, I wish it was that simple. Except in my experience teachers intervene and punish kids for “starting a fight” or something. The problem will only continue if bullies sense that their victim is unwilling to fight back again due to the threat of worse punishment on the part of the school.

      • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

        True, and point well taken. I’m old enough that the school ran on common sense. A teacher did see it as a matter of fact-and offered the bully a rematch with the gloves on. :-)

        I simply don’t understand the thinking that goes on now.

    • Andy Anderson

      Did your parents ever tell you that you’d go to Hell for being fat?

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Sus said it perfectly. No one wants bullying or prejudice, but tolerence was not what was being taught in that classroom. Sexual identity was being taught and that is distinctly different. No question it is INDOCTRINATION. There is no way I can convince myself I should send my three year old to public school when he comes of age. Real tolerence as in love thy neighbor should be taught and as neenergy above implies some sort of self defense.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    The overall problem is best served by breaking Washington’s monopoly on education, whigh, as Rebecca knows, I’ve talked a lot about this week. In the short term, I think voucher systems are the way to go but, the main thing is for parents to be very involved- whatever type of system, they are the only appropriate advocate for their children

  • http://www.thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com Patty

    What ever happened to TEACHING our children the things that will help them learn, grow and succeed? This is indeed indoctrination of our children. If I was a parent with young children today I would be outraged. Wait, my children are grown and I am still outraged!! Whatever happened to my freedom to not have my children to exposed to this type of ” teaching” – although it is not teaching but forcing one belief on others? And they took Christian groups, prayer and bible studies out of the schools for this??? This is what the constitution was created for to not have the government come in and take over and strip us of our rights, and Christian families rights have been stripped away from them. And they are clearly doing this, I am sick, totally sick and disgusted. God help this country – we have turned into a Godless country and sadly I fear God took His blessings away from us.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Amen Patty.

  • Torin

    First, I am suspect of anything Fox News reports. Second, Madame, this aurgement has been used against deviresty programs back in the 70′s.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      So, I assume you think that doing this to our children is ok?

      Diversity programs, even back in the 70s, were a part of using the schools as instruments for social/political indoctrination instead of education. In fact, this was the time when this problem began to take on real force. One of the questions I asked was whether or not our schools are factories for indoctrination or were they for education. Are you answering that you think they should be for indoctrination?

      How is this in the best interests of the child?

  • http://www.peicurmudgeon.com peicurmudgeon

    Perhaps I saw a different video than the rest of you, but I didn’t see anything upsetting about was was happening in the class at all. The instructor was ztating simple facts without editoralizing all.

  • http://www.peicurmudgeon.com peicurmudgeon

    Perhaps I saw a different video than the rest of you, but I didn’t see anything upsetting about was was happening in the class at all. The instructor was stating simple facts without editoralizing all.

  • http://ourgirlsclub.blogspot.com/ Ginny Bain Allen

    Wow! When a baby is born, a pronouncement is made, unless it’s known beforehand to the parents, either, “It’s a girl,” or “It’s a boy.” God settled it at conception. Why is this so difficult for the anti-Christs among us to decipher?

    Why should our tax dollars go to support schools spreading such diabolical lies, whether or not our own children are attending the schools?

    This is exceedingly disturbing. What schools should be teaching is reading, writing and ‘rithmetic! Whatever happened to that?

    • Andy Anderson

      Because in the United States of America, what you think God thinks doesn’t actually get to have a say in other people’s lives?

  • http://www.symphonyofdissent.wordpress.com Daniel Ortner

    I am pretty disturbed by this video, but it should not be surprising that activists attempt to force “tolerance” and decry as Bigots all who oppose. People of faith need to teach their kids divine truth to counteract the things they are taught in schools.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      That is a tall order Daniel, when the whole culture goes against us. But, yes, we absolutely must find ways to counteract the evils our children are exposed to. We need to pray for parents with young children, and for the children who are the object of such evil intentions.

      “People of faith need to teach their kids divine truth to counteract the things they are taught in schools.”

  • A Hermit

    You might not like the idea that gender identity isn’t as black and white for everyone as it is for you; but denying the fact won’t make it go away.

    There are different kinds of people in the world and we shouldn’t treat people badly for being different…that’s basically all that’s being taught here.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      A Hermit, are you saying that you agree with this program?

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  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    “gender identity” is imaginary. It has no basis in physiology once you get rid of the bought-and-paid-for biased research.


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