Christian schoolteacher Sue Halvorson of Minnesota is warning her students’ parents about pro-LGBT curriculum; thanks to the National Education Association (NEA), it may be taught to their children in elementary school.
The NEA adopted a new policy encouraging members to incorporate awareness of LGBT people and their contributions to society into the classroom at a meeting in June.
It states that NEA emboldens “all educators [to]integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history, people and issues into their instructional programs.”
The new curriculum is called Unheard Voices, and is produced by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). It offers informational lessons on gender identity, “anti-LGBT slurs,” and “winning the right to marry.”
Halvorson, a devoted Christian and NEA delegate, told OneNewsNow that she is very worried.
“I’m a teacher in a middle school, sixth- through eighth-grade, and I just feel like this is devastating for our children because they already do question and wonder what’s going on,” she said. “And when these things are presented in the schools, nothing negative is presented with it.”
Instead of embracing the situation, which encourages her students to have a more open mind and heart, she urges her students’ parents to do research online about the new lesson. Halvorson said, “because kids might not bring home [the material]because this curriculum that’s discussed there is something that’s done in the classroom and [during]classroom discussion.”
She added, “It’s very dangerous, and I just really want parents and teachers to be aware of it.”
Inside the student handout, it offers guidelines to students on how to start identifying transgenders using gender-neutral pronouns such as “hir,” “sie,” or “zi.” It also encourages students to “think expansively about gender and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking about the issue.”
In the list of LGBT definitions in the book, one of them is “heterosexism,” which is listed as a “conscious or unconscious bias based on the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm.”
Collaborating with GLSEN on the curriculum project were the Anti-Defamation League and StoryCorps.