Progressives are up in arms over a new proposal in the Georgia legislature that would prohibit “classroom discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation” for grade-schoolers, generally children five to 12 years old.
The Common Humanity in Private Education Act would also torpedo Critical Race Theory being taught by banning instruction that one group is “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive” and that any group is “inherently superior or inferior.” Ten Republicans and zero Democrats are sponsors of the bill.
What seems to be common sense has become anything but ordinary as radical leftists attempt to implement dogma in schools that most Americans reject.
Much of the Georgia initiative is similar to a recently passed Florida bill critics labeled as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill prohibiting “developmentally inappropriate” conversations involving younger students.
The Georgia proposal is designed to prevent what sponsors say are programs adopted in private schools elsewhere that “segregate students, staff and parents” according to their race, ethnicity, color or national origin. The bill says young children are being taught their place has been predetermined as either an oppressor or the oppressed.
Last week, the Georgia House passed on a strictly party-line vote the first of four bills banning the implementation of Critical Race Theory in Georgia schools. Critics complain that it will hinder history teaching, but proponents counter that teachers may still teach history as they always have but cannot express their political beliefs.
In other words, teachers may not declare to impressionable students that the United States was founded on racism and white supremacy and systematically discriminates against minorities.
One lobbyist, Taylor Hawkins with Frontline Policy Action, says that despite what some critics claim, there will be no prohibitions or “slippery slopes” that lead to being unable to teach about slavery or the Holocaust. “It does restrict you from being racist in the classroom as a teacher.”
And don’t hold your breath for sensible leadership from the Biden administration. In addressing what leftists mislabeled as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the White House has used words like “meanness,” “discriminate,” “horrific,” “bullying” and “hateful.” Biden tweeted a message to “the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill” that assured them, “I have your back.”
The national media has done backflips to spread misinformation about the Florida legislation. The bill itself doesn’t even say “gay,” but it does prohibit public school educators from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
Is that a conversation a sensible parent wants the young child’s teacher to have with them?