Even as criticism of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill continues, the mountain of proof that lawmakers were justified in passing the law continues to grow.
Nowhere is that proof more obvious than the Evanston/Skokie School District 65. The Illinois system recently adopted a radical gender education program specifically aimed at children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. Kindergarteners are taught that they will “feel like a boy or a girl or some of each,” and that is their gender identity. Kids learn to celebrate the transgender flag, shatter gender norms built by white “colonizers,” and do exercises with new pronouns for the 72 genders.
After all, it’s never too early to learn the proper usage of “ze,” “zir,” “tree,” and “treeself.” Yes, these are pronouns taught to kids in the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
Lessons progress through the third grade, where students are enlightened to the fact that white European “colonizers” used Western and Christian practices to oppress racial minorities and require “two-spirit” individuals to conform to their standards.
Of course, we are told repeatedly that radical educators grooming children is a myth and “moral panic” created by right-wing agitators. Shame on the “white cisheteronormative Christian” standard that is being imposed by nationalists across the nation.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who spearheaded the state’s efforts to protect the youngest schoolchildren from such “teaching,” is to be credited with foresight and awareness of what is accepted practice in other parts of the country. Christina Pushaw, Desantis’ press secretary, released a statement calling the Illinois system’s curriculum “appalling but not surprising.” She notes the deluge of shrill voices hurling statements denying that sex ed and lessons on transgenderism do not exist in K-3.
Pushaw declares Florida’s law as defending parents’ “rights to impart their values to their own children.” She adds that the Evanston/Skokie program is a perfect example of why the Florida laws are necessary.
The Illinois district says the curriculum is now part of its LGBTQ+ Equity Month program, but next year it will be interwoven throughout the school year. It’s a funny thing to see undeniable proof right before your eyes of what critics continue to deny. And, like the fairy tale emperor with no clothes, no amount of saying otherwise will make it so.