11 June 2014
There is a line that should not be crossed. You entrust your child to the care of your district teachers and leaders each and every time they step into the halls of the school. Teaching is not an easy profession, but can be extremely rewarding; educators supporting the efforts of parents and guardians by teaching children skills and knowledge that will hopefully help them have a healthy and happy life. But growing up can be difficult. It can be confusing. Children are impressionable and vulnerable. We all know this and that is why we expect adults to protect them. Protecting is one thing. Trespassing on the heart of YOUR child is quite a different matter. Is it the role of the public school to "guide" your child in discovering "what" they are (ie: transexual, cisgender, heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, questioning, asexual, pansexual, transgender, polysexual, etc.)? Will their counsel honor your rights as a parent, your values and beliefs, and your ability to protect your child's mind and heart? When a line is crossed, this means an individual has trespassed. Telling a child "what" they are IS a form of trespassing. Oregonians, be on the look out when you see curriculum, events, "celebrations" that are crossing the line of education and moving into a territory that should be OFF LIMITS. WITH RESPECTFUL RESOLVE, SPEAK UP! Do not allow your child's mind and heart be led down a road that leaves you standing on the sidelines.