Parents in Wisconsin are fed up with attempts by their school districts to indoctrinate their children, and they’re not going to be silent any longer.
For months, parents in the state’s largest suburban GOP stronghold, outside of Milwaukee, tried to push the creeping turn of the Elmbrook school district to the left. Now they are asking other residents to sign a petition demanding that Elmbrook prioritize âeducation over activismâ.
âThere have been a lot of very involved parents who have watched what their kids are studying probably because they were at home doing distance learning, but also realized that things are changing. very aggressive in a very left direction, âsaid a worried mother whose child attends a school in Elmbrook, told The Federalist. âOur district started this in 2012, but nobody knew it and our school board didn’t know it, so there are a lot of things the community has just been complacent about.â
In their most recent quest To hold Superintendent Mark Hansen to account, the parents sounded the alarm with help from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty about the sexually explicit material located in the district’s shared online library. In their strong terms letter filled with examples of obscene descriptions and instructions on how to use a sex app from the books, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has demanded that Elmbrook take appropriate action to stamp out the content and re-evaluate any other explicit material that may be made available to school children.
The school district maintains that the books “were never available to elementary school students and were not part of our program for human growth and development” and told The Federalist that the books had been phased out. Hansen, however, did not give an answer regarding the age he thinks children should start learning how to perform sexual acts as described in the books “This Book is Gay” and “Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide. for Teens “.
âThey are using this LGBTQ article as a Trojan horse to push this because so many people see it, as one of our local newspapers described it, as an LGBTQ resource book,â the mother said.
The district had previously had problems over sexually inappropriate material after a high school teacher sent a message that was reportedly not approved. sex survey to students without parental authorization. Brookfield Central principal Brett Gruetzmacher told The Federalist that the teacher who had been arrested by parents tendered her resignation, but he did not say what further action the school would take.
Incidents like this, the mother told The Federalist, are part of a larger failure of the district to address curriculum and student performance issues, as evidenced by declining test scores.
Initially, the mother said she remained silent despite growing concerns about what the district was teaching her children, but said she had finally reached her breaking point.
“I am fighting because it is the right thing to do because, from a moral point of view, I want a better world for my children or my grandchildren,” she said. “I watch what’s going on and I’m like, I can’t be silent about it.”
Critical breed theory, the mother said, is also something she and many other parents watch out for after the district, which denied teaching racist material, paid for training disguised as a resource to create “fairness”.
âThe Kendi version is dehumanizing. You ask one group to be seen as an oppressor and the other group to be seen as an oppressed. You keep this story of victimization and victimization perpetuated, to the point where we understand it, âshe said. “Now you separate them again becauseâ¦ there are all these underlying messages that black people are oppressed by whites.”
Even community members whose children do not attend Elmbrook schools feel the urgency and get involved in the fight against the district and its agenda-driven leadership.
âI care because they are all of my children’s peers, they are all of our neighbors’ children. In 20 years, they are going to have discussions with them, and what they do in the schools is that they completely destroy the cultural network and the unity because the only thing that makes Americans from Americans, these are our ideals, âanother worried mother told The Federalist. âThere is nothing else that unites us. There is no religion, there is no race, there is no lineage. â¦ How are my kids I train with traditional American values ââand understandings, how are they supposed to converse with people who don’t understand what they’re talking about and who have been completely brainwashed? “
âReally what I find most disturbing is that they keep, they keep pushing the agenda,â she added.
Some of the same parents who have expressed concerns about the school district have joined with nearly 40 advocacy groups representing more than 20,000 Wisconsin families to tear up President Joe Biden and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for the next wave of potential terms. masks and blockages facing their state. .
In the letter, organizations including We The Parents, Wisconsin United for Freedom and No Left Turn in Education Wisconsin have pledged to reject any mask requirements for children in schools.
âSimply put, these are not your children. They are ours and they too are Americans with rights. They are our responsibility and our beloved. They are not yours, âthe letter said.
Parents also rallied in February to protest the district’s overhaul of its social studies program and a subsequent survey released by activists and the Parent Network and Leadership Council, the district’s parent-teacher association, asking parents whether children should learn more about “segregation in Milwaukee, past and present,” “the waves feminism and its failures, white feminism (eg how the 19th Amendment failed to protect black / brown women’s suffrage, etc.) âandâ Stonewall / LGBTQ Liberation / AIDS epidemic â.
Jordan Davidson is a writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minor in journalism.