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Do you Know where your Children Are?
Caught in the crossfire of the many raging culture wars are children - and as innocent bystanders of a deeply fractured, fully decapitated society run amuck, they have taken the brunt of its calamitous political rhetoric. And, for the past years, children are in the spotlight again, as another debate rages - the politics of all things sex, and its hotly debated place inside the American classroom.
Of all members of any community, there are few roles that come close to the parental unit - and one role, of course, is the one of the teachers. Being a teacher can certainly ask a lot of a person, particularly at the preschool and elementary school level, where we ask teachers not to be simply educators - but supervisors, guardians, and protectors - with the expectation that this role is not abused. And in keeping in that spirit, it becomes a societal duty, one could say, to root out those who seek to abuse their roles as educators and protectors. The American education system is broken - and in the chaos of that broken state, there is a new archetype steadily on the rise - that is, the Activist Teacher.
The activist teacher is a crude rendering of the leftist social justice warrior character. A kind of peacock, they will invariably sport neon-colored hair, a nose ring, a did-it-myself haircut, and will be stacked to the hilt with other piercings, tattoos, and other body accessories. They tend to wear a bevy of buttons and stickers that openly flaunt their political leanings and stances on trending topics. Since the onslaught of "wokeness" captured the minds of so many young, left-leaning people, we have seen these types strutting prideful as the peacocks, and as loud as the cockatoos.
But my theme is not one of simple aesthetics -but a rapidly developing ideology among many in the field of primary education. Some of these teachers are very candid about their curriculum, their classroom antics, and their stances on social issues, and within that very same candor, they are inadvertently exposing themselves as something else - as narcissistic, dangerous, and unfit to educate children.
One constant is the broadcasting of "coming out" to your students. That is, telling children as young as 5 years old that you are homosexual, bisexual, queer, or non-binary - this is invariably done as big as possible and is almost always followed by how accepting the young children were, and how validated they felt as teachers. This scenario replays itself as if on repeat, daily, and it is the crux of the narcissistic complaint. Why would a teacher find this necessary? What kind of adult seeks validation from second graders?
And as the Sex-Ed curriculum evolves, it finds itself not just tackling the reproductive process of adult humans but is also approaching subjects like sexual identity, trans issues, LGBTQIA+ initiatives, and safe sex practices. Much of the sex-ed rhetoric makes coming out to your 2nd-grade students seem pale in comparison.
And how could one trust an adult that promotes a child keeping secrets from their parents?
When one visits the social media accounts of these educators of a new archetype, we see the same oozing of buzzwords, word salad, and an eagerness to defy social norms in regard to sex chatter among students. More and more we see classrooms dripping with BLM posters and rainbow flags, and teachers are taking it upon themselves to take the children aside, in private, and become their mentors - political, social, and sexual advice givers.
Also worth noting is that many teachers seem to be quite cognizant of the rules and norms they are breaking. They flaunt their rebellion and hide their agenda in ways that a student would from their teacher.
With the piling up of issues inside America's very broken education system, like reading proficiency, scores on standardized tests, school violence, lack of funds in some districts, masking students, and critical race theory, it is a wonder any teacher feels they have the time to tackle the various issues surrounding sex and identity - particularly when those children are as young as five years old. I would say these teachers have no idea the amount of responsibility they are taking on - particularly when encouraging children to transition to the opposite sex.
Surely, we can acknowledge that the world has changed much in the last decade, and we are hurling quickly and blindly into a future of many unknowns. We ought to look at the curriculums of the schools with the understanding that changes are sometimes necessary. Children need a robust understanding of the world they will be living in, as adults, and soon enough. The question becomes how do we prepare them for the world they will inherit, without harming their development in the meantime?
Personally, I am no prude. Children need to be made aware of sex, its meaning, and its utility in society. Children also need to be forewarned about pornography, lest they find it on their own, the consequences of which can be disastrous. Children, on some level, need to be made aware of many third-rail issues - but becoming aware is not the same as becoming coached, encouraged, or taught what to think.
The teachers who pursue indoctrinating children with radical sex ideology are contributing to the future illness of adults. They have made a grave error in calculating their role as guardians and promotors of current fad ideology. No matter the toxicity of current-day politics, children deserve a childhood, and one that exists outside the calamitous rhetoric of our modern times.
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