Monday, August 28, 2017

Oh Their Little Minds

“We have to protect the children!” How many times have we heard that to justify discrimination? The latest cry came from when a teacher read “I Am Jazz” the world shook and stopped spinning!
‘A girl brain but a boy body.’ Kindergarten parents outraged over transgender book read in class
Sacramento Bee
By Diana Lambert
August 25, 2017

A book about a transgender child read during story time in a kindergarten classroom in Rocklin has divided a school along ideological lines and sparked a flurry of vitriol on social media and conservative web sites.

The children’s book “I am Jazz” was brought to Rocklin Academy Gateway School on June 7 by a transgender student who wanted to share it with classmates during story time. “I am Jazz” is the story of a real-life transgender girl named Jazz Jennings.

“I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!”

Later that same day, the Rocklin teacher selected and read “Red: A Crayon’s story,” a book about a crayon struggling with an identity crisis, according to a letter from the public charter school, which is part of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools. The books are geared to children ages 4 to 8.
OMG! Just think how horrible it is that the children learn that people are different and that we should embrace people’s differences instead of hiding them. What a radical idea.
Upset parents called the school and met with administrators. They protested at a June board meeting. Two families pulled their kids from the school. The issue has become so heated that the district hired a public relations firm to help handle the fallout.
One thing that we know if that bigotry is taught and is passed down in families, and these families have already passed on the lesson.

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught
Rodgers And Hammerstein
South Pacific

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