The Sept. 12 meeting of the School Board should be entertaining, and informative.
Parents plan to turn out in droves to oppose an extension of the new health curriculum in the local schools. Moms for Liberty and County Citizens Defending Freedom are imploring parents to help protect their children.
But proponents are massing their forces also. A left-wing group called Jasmyn, which supports the homosexual lifestyle, is ginning up supporters via social media.
Parents say those supporting the super-sexualization of young children often confront them at such meetings with bullhorns and shouting outside the building.
The meeting will be streamed live on television. It starts at 6 p.m. and could be a long meeting.
The item of interest on the menu is “Approval of supplemental health education materials for reproductive health and disease prevention.”
What is the issue?
Control of children.
Roger Kimball writes about “total control” on the American Greatness web site:
“But the goal of total control involves more than censorship. It also involves the insinuation of the state into the most intimate areas of our private lives.
“One example is the Biden regime’s new weaponization of Title IX legislation. This brief statute, which, in just a couple of lines, says that institutions that receive federal funds may not discriminate on the basis of sex, has been enlisted in the campaign to abolish natural sexual identity and replace it with a polymorphous, “gender fluid” model. “Among other things, this radical new interpretation of Title IX gives teachers priority over parents on matters of sex and gender, requiring, for example, that “K-12 schools to support socially transitioning children to a different gender without requiring notice to parents, the involvement of medical professionals, or legal documentation.”” In other words, it seeks to legalize child abuse, without congressional authorization.
For some, this is the last straw, the fulfillment of Barack Obama’s ominous threat to “fundamentally transform America.”
“There is, I know, a point of no return, a point beyond which a society beset by totalitarian impulses must either rebel or succumb utterly,” Kimball said. “Are we there yet? I do not know. I do sense, however, that we have come perilously close to the edge. I pray that it is not too late.”
Parents are energized by recent victories at the polls. In five Florida counties, including Duval, the voters flipped school boards from liberal to conservative with the backing of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
But at the same time, parents in other states are losing ground. In California, one school reported parents to Child and Protective Services because they refused to use the pronouns currently being used by their impressionable daughter, who had succumbed to the schools’ grooming and imagined that she was another gender.
Apparently, the local board has to approve its health curriculum every year in an open meeting. In the past it has been rubber-stamped, without any discussion of the controversial material it includes, such as a book called “Draw the Line, Respect the Line.” Melissa Bernhardt, educational division lead for CCDF, says, “The content is vulgar. To say the least.” Bernhardt said the book is not needed to meet the new state standards and it is not used in any of the other seven biggest districts in the state.
Rebecca Nathanson of Moms for Liberty says the group is mostly concerned about transparency — that parents know what is in the material and know that they can have their child opt out.
So why would the board members want to expose middle school students in Jacksonville to filthy material if there is no legal requirement to do so?
Is it to fall in line with the Biden administration’s effort to rewrite Title IX and advance the Far Left’s assault on the American family?
The burden is on those proposing the material to show why it is necessary.