Politicalization of Education
Parents’ Rights in Education opposes the politicization of school curricula. By law, public schools are to remain politically neutral/unbiased, but increasingly, schools are utilizing material derived from Marxist doctrine. Schools are embedding political ideology into core subjects, such as writing and math, or abandoning fundamental educational subjects and redirecting time and resources to teaching radical ideologies, such as critical race theory. The result of such doctrine in schools is anti-American, anti-white, and anti-capitalist sentiments amongst students. K – 12 schools are treated as political activist centers instead of places for learning and critical thinking.
Parents’ Rights in Education defends all students’ First Amendment right. Students should respect one another, and bullying toward anyone should not be tolerated. We stand for diversity of thought for all students in public schools. Unfortunately, the extreme focus on LGBTQ initiatives, systemic racism, and other politicized issues has created backlash against some students. Many students are marginalized and threatened for holding beliefs that do not align with this radical ideology. Students have the right to exercise their First Amendment, even when their speech offends others.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
Parents’ Rights In Education disavows CSE in schools. CSE surpasses providing students with information on protecting themselves during sexual acts and pushes radical gender and sexual ideology onto children beginning in kindergarten. Inspired by Planned Parenthood, CSE aims to change traditional sexual and gender norms in society. It promotes the idea minors are “sexual beings” and provides in-depth graphics and instructions on sexual actings, including anal and oral sex, mutual masturbation, and sexuality lifestyle “options.” CSE is medically inaccurate and lies to children about biological reality.
Radical Gender Ideology
Parents’ Rights in Education opposes sexualizing children by exposing them to gender ideology. Gender ideology includes discussing students’ “gender- identity,” pronouns, hormone therapy, or sex change medical procedures. Schools host drag queen events, change students’ pronouns on official school documents, refer to students by different names and pronouns, and provide them with sex change hormones, all without parental knowledge or consent. Children as young as kindergarten are taught gender ideology through a partnership between educational and medical establishments.
Student Safety and Privacy
Parents’ Rights in Education supports students’ safety and privacy. In that effort, we oppose allowing students into bathrooms, or gender-specific areas, that do not correspond to their biological sex. There have been instances of male students who identify as female but have intact male genitalia, exposing themselves to female students. In addition, female students have been attacked by male students who identify as female in bathrooms and locker rooms. Schools need to ensure all students are safe, and the best way to do that is to require all students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex.
Providing Medical Services and Collecting Student Information without Parental Consent
School-Based Health Clinics (SBHCs) have enabled schools to act outside their purview. State statutes allow SBHCs to provide students health care and medical services, including abortion and vaccines, without parental knowledge or consent. In addition, schools offer “school climate” surveys. These climate surveys assess students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social factors. One of the most prevalent climate surveys used was created by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to assess schools’ curricula for LGBTQ+ inclusivity and student clubs based on sexuality, such as Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs). Once again, parental consent is often not required before schools administer such surveys.