Parents blasted Fairfax County Public Schools this week for returning two controversial books to the library and doing left-wing class homework.
Stacy Langton, parent of a student in the public school system, slammed the board of trustees for the schools’ decision to put “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” back on library shelves despite outrage from parents. After a review, Fairfax schools officials said last week that the books did not contain pedophilia or pornography.
“They sent me a letter saying that none of these books contain pedophilia or that they are obscene,” Ms. Langton told the Washington Times. “This is a blatant lie.”
Ms Langdon said she plans to go through the schools appeals process to continue challenging library books.
Parents opposed to books say they are inappropriate because of their sexual content, graphic images, and what they say are depictions of pedophilia.
Thursday night’s controversial meeting was the latest in a series of incidents that rocked the Washington suburbs this year as well as hundreds of school districts across the country. Parents have opposed a range of issues, from COVID-related measures to material infused with critical race theory, sexually explicit questionnaires and what Ms Langton claims to be obscene books.
Ms Langton first raised the issue in September. As she pointed out on Thursday night and again on Friday, her problem is not with LGBQT material but with the explicit nature of the books available to middle and high school students.
She shared screenshots of graphic illustrations of oral sex between young people and one that shows an adult man masturbating a boy which are included in “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe.
Fairfax County isn’t the only school where Jonathan Evison’s “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” have raised concerns. In some cases, viral videos on social media have shown school boards banning parents from reading texts because of obscene language.
âI am the adult child of a gay parent,â Ms. Langton told the board. âBut tonight we hear the LGBTQ community standing up for the indefensible. And this school board has doubled – put it bluntly – in favor of pornography in schools. “
The different fronts in the struggles between parents and school officials are separate, Ms Langton said, although she believes they are all rooted in the determination of education professionals and elected officials to force them. children to learn a left and awakened philosophy.
âYou can have books supporting the LGBQT community and they don’t have to be pornography, do they? ” she said.
A similar left-wing approach appears to have crept into eighth-grade homework at Katherine Johnson Middle School in Fairfax County, according to a parent who said he was surprised by the material Thursday night.
He quoted from one mission: âResearch a few social justice organizations to understand what activism for social justice means,â one read.
The links provided by the teacher took students to various left-wing social justice groups and included screenshots of various concepts of gender and sexuality and pro-immigration policies.
“Some of them are blameless,” said Edwin Donovan, noting information on important civil rights figures such as Rosa Parks and John Lewis. “But there are a number of links that clearly require my son to educate himself on ‘social justice activism’.”
One of the links, to the Equal Justice Initiative, depicts American history as a parade of racist horrors.
âAmerican history begins with the creation of a myth to absolve white settlers from the genocide of Native Americans; the false belief that non-whites are less human than whites, âsays the group’s website. “This belief in the racial hierarchy survived the abolition of slavery, fueled racial terrorist lynchings, demanded legally codified segregation, and spawned our mass incarceration crisis.”
Another link went to educational guides on social justice activism from the Center for Racial Justice in Education, and Mr Donovan said he was puzzled as to why his child’s English class 14-year-old was focused on left-wing social justice activism.
âMuch of it is fine, but all of this is critical breed theory in disguise,â Donovan said.
A spokesperson for the school system said she was unaware of the assigned material and it was unclear whether it was taught in grade eight English classes. Mr Donovan said at least two teachers from Katherine Johnson Middle School assigned the assignment.
Developed in graduate schools and law schools in the 1970s, Critical Race Theory is an analytical tool based on critical Marxist studies. It postulates that racism is a fundamental part of American society and government and that it is important for understanding and evaluating American laws, policies, and programs.
Ms Langton said she considers the seal of approval Fairfax has given to students of graphic books to be separate from critical breed theory, but part of the same curriculum pushed by the educational institution.
She and Mr Donovan both marked the November gubernatorial election in Virginia, in which Republican Glenn Youngkin upset Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a vote that the polls found was heavily loaded with the issue. of education K-12 and Mr. McAuliffe’s statement during a debate that parents should not tell schools what to teach their children.
Mr. Donovan said that if social justice activism is a standard feature of Fairfax’s eighth grade education, Mr. Youngkin’s transition team should investigate.
The situation in Virginia was raised Thursday in an open letter to the educational institution and elected officials published by the curator Heritage Foundation.
“Parents in Virginia and across America are keenly aware of the cultural changes taking place in society, especially in public schools,” the letter said.
The signatories called on lawmakers to “give parents insight and influence over their child’s education.”
“We therefore call on state lawmakers to adopt policies that families and students desperately need to reject the racial biases inherent in critical race theory, maximize transparency around what is taught in kindergarten classrooms. in the 12th grade and guarantee the choice of education, âthe letter said.