Muslim Group and Principals Union Accuse School System of Deception to Prevent Parents from Opting Out of Transgender Lessons

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has accused a Maryland school system of misleading a federal court regarding its efforts to

Rachael Wiley

Rachael Wiley

21 August 2023 1:55 pm

Muslim Group and Principals Union Accuse School System of Deception to Prevent Parents from Opting Out of Transgender Lessons

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) accuses Maryland school system of misleading federal court

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has accused a Maryland school system of misleading a federal court regarding its efforts to prevent parents from opting out their children from lessons promoting homosexuality and transgenderism. CAIR has obtained documents showing that a labor union representing principals also had concerns about Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) publicly assuring parents that it would not indoctrinate students, while forcing principals to take the blame for doing the opposite.

Incident highlights clash over sexual indoctrination in school systems

A recent incident involving a Muslim group and a labor union has brought attention to the issue of sexual indoctrination in school systems. The incident occurred in MCPS, a district near Washington, D.C., which is predominantly Democrat and has a significant minority population. Immigrants have been protesting to advocate for parental rights, while white female Democrat activists have been opposing them. This clash highlights the growing divide on this issue within the community.

Controversy over opt-out policy raises questions about transparency

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has been facing controversy over its policy on opt-outs, which allow parents to exempt their children from certain curriculum materials or activities. MCPS initially stated that the prohibition on opt-outs was due to the disruption caused by a high number of parents wanting to opt out. However, in response to a public records request, MCPS admitted that it had no data on the actual number of parents seeking opt-outs.

During a deposition, a representative from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) revealed that a school official had repeatedly stated that the opt-out prohibition was actually influenced by advocacy from a few LGBT activists. This statement suggests that the official reason provided by MCPS may not accurately reflect the true motivations behind the policy.

These revelations raise questions about the transparency and decision-making process of MCPS regarding opt-outs. The conflicting information provided by MCPS and the claim made by the CAIR official highlight the need for further investigation and clarification on the issue.

CAIR accuses MCPS of teaching explicit sexual education concepts

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has accused the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) of instructing English teachers to teach explicit sexual education concepts to students from Pre-K through 12th grade. CAIR claims that students who express traditional or religious views on these topics are scolded, debated, or silenced. CAIR also accuses MCPS of misleading the public and a federal court about the reasons for canceling the opt-out option earlier this year.

Internal documents suggest MCPS may be teaching gender and sexual identity

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has come under scrutiny for its use of LGBTQ books in English literature classes. While MCPS claims that these books are being used as examples of literature, internal documents suggest otherwise. The documents, which were obtained by a union, indicate that MCPS may be explicitly teaching gender and sexual identity, contradicting the school's official messaging. Furthermore, the documents reportedly remove the term "parents" and replace it with "caregivers," and provide instructions to teachers on how to dismiss concerns from parents or the community. This controversy raises questions about the school's approach to LGBTQ education and its handling of parental concerns.

Concerns raised over response to LGBTQ+ topics in schools

The response to the complaint about gender diversity and values being instilled in children should acknowledge that children are increasingly identifying as LGBTQ+ at a young age, even in elementary school.

The article discusses the question of whether parents can keep their child at home when students are learning about LGBTQ+ topics. It begins by emphasizing the importance of equity and then states that while parents have the choice to keep their child home, it will not be considered an excused absence. The article also mentions that parents who keep their child out of school for extended unexcused absences may face charges related to promoting truancy.

Controversy over book selections and handling of parental concerns

The article discusses the appropriateness of certain books in the classroom and their role in English literature studies and social emotional learning. It also mentions a related incident where a woman who was abused as a teenager claims that a school's "Social Emotional Learning" guru pressured her to drop charges against her teacher assailant because he was black.

A document from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) instructs teachers on how to respond to students who express the belief that a boy cannot be a girl. According to the document, teachers are advised to tell the student that their comment is hurtful and that they are wrong. The principals union has criticized this approach, arguing that it forces staff to make shaming comments to children and present subjective beliefs as objective facts.

According to a union, teachers have been given instructions on how to respond to students who believe that being gay goes against their religious beliefs. The union claims that the suggested response is dismissive of religious beliefs. Additionally, the union alleges that principals have been asked to promote books about transgenderism to elementary school students, even before they receive sex education in fifth grade.

The article discusses concerns raised by principals, teachers, and community members regarding the content of certain books. These individuals believe that the content of these books does not align with the intended messages. Principals are requesting that the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) consider alternative titles that better align with the communicated intent.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has faced controversy over its proposed book selections for young students. The school district wanted preschoolers to read a book titled "Pride Puppy," which features a drag queen character. For first graders, they suggested a book called "Intersection Allies," which has been criticized as being difficult and unengaging. Additionally, MCPS recommended second graders read "My Rainbow," a story about an autistic girl who discovers her transgender identity. These book choices have sparked debate and raised concerns among parents and community members.

The principals union has expressed concern over a book called "Love, Violet" that is being assigned to fourth graders. The book tells the story of a young girl who develops feelings for another girl in her class. The union believes that it is inappropriate to depict elementary school children falling in love, regardless of their sexual preferences.

Controversy over critical race theory-based documents in curriculum

The article discusses a controversy surrounding a school district's use of critical race theory-based documents in their curriculum. The documents encouraged students to judge literature based on the race of the author, which the principals deemed exclusionary. The article also mentions that the school district had previously claimed that they were using these books as examples of literature, rather than promoting the content. The principals criticized this contradiction and expressed concerns about the impact on students' education.

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