Here’s what we’re reading today: An op-ed in the Washington Times by North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. Rep. Foxx exposes a terrifying trend in public education – some teachers are withholding from parents critical health information, including gender transitions at school. Here are excerpts:
According to a report by the American Enterprise Institute, a school district in Madison, Wisconsin, released guidelines instructing teachers to allow students to change their names and pronouns without parental consent. The guidelines also forbade staff from sharing this information with parents without a student’s permission and instructed teachers and staff to deceive parents by continuing to use a student’s legal name and pronoun when communicating with him or her.
Another district in the state told teachers that “parents are not entitled to know their kids’ identities. That knowledge must be earned.” Similar policies have been adopted across the country. In 2016, the Obama Department of Education issued recommendations for supporting transgender students; one section of the guidance stated that “parental participation is not required” when a student transitions at school.
Gender transitions are major decisions with lifelong consequences to the physical, emotional and psychological health of a child; withholding this information from parents undermines parental rights and is dangerous to the child. In fact, one 12-year-old girl in Florida attempted to hang herself in a school restroom after she received secret gender identity counseling from a school administrator without parental consent. Schools must not willfully ignore their legal obligation to inform parents about their child’s medical and behavior issues.
This shows why public education dollars should follow the student. Children belong to parents, not bureaucrats. Parents who disagree with policies like Rep. Foxx described deserve the power to choose a different school.