Who’s Pushing Students To Become Transgender?
On January 28, 2022, US News reported four occurrences of school staff abuses. The most blatant involved the staff at Baird Middle School in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Stacy Monette, the school principal, allowed her staff members to meet secretly with an 11-year-old girl interested in becoming a boy and her 12-year-old brother interested in becoming a girl. Bonnie Manchester, a Social Studies teacher, who knew the parents, notified them immediately. The parents then notified the school principal of their disapproval. The school principal defended the counseling sessions but fired Bonnie Manchester immediately for violating the privacy rights of the minor students by alerting the student’s parents.
Another incident at Buena Vista Middle School, located near Las Palmas, CA, involved two teachers who stalked students online to help identify students they felt would benefit from attending the LBGT club, You Be You. They recruited a 12-year-old student without telling the student’s parents. The punishment for the two teachers equated to a minor hand slap: The You Be You club could no longer meet, and the teachers could no longer monitor students’ online activity for non-academic purposes.
The Buena Vista teachers who used the internet to find vulnerable children to mentor into becoming transgender did not lose their jobs or suffer suspension even after parents brought the issue to the school board’s attention. The administrator in Ludlow, Massachusetts, Baird Middle School, did not terminate or suspend the teacher who sought to mentor the siblings into a life of transgenderism. Instead, the administrator terminated the teacher who had informed the student’s parents of the grooming process.
Angry parents, offended by the school’s actions, fill the seats at local school board meetings to protest teachers and administrators who circumvent their parental authority and encourage students in transgender lifestyles. These parents take the front-line defense in the fight for our children and our nation.
The parents know the truth: Punishment evades public school perpetrators because powerful institutions support them in immoral decisions. The US Department of Education and the National Education Association are the two chief supporters. They not only embrace helping children in their sexual identity, they also provide tools for the teachers, counselors, and administrators to assist their students in becoming whatever gender the child wishes.
As the largest labor union in the United States for educators, the NEA boasts over 4 million members. The NEA gives strong support, encouraging teachers to come out by sharing their transgender stories with their students. On their website, one can find suggested lesson plans to use in the classroom and information on how to give political support to LBGTQ issues. When a teacher faces opposition for teaching a child to become transgender, the NEA is there with legal support.
The Biden Administration’s Department of Education also provides major support of LBGTQ issues in public schools. Under the direction of Secretary Miguel Cardona, the US DOE secured COVID-19 money and distributed the money to the states under a program called the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ASP ESSER). Over $122 billion in funds went to states’ Departments of Education. A significant portion of the funds is designated for mental health support. A US Department of Education guide, Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Needs (page 5), gives the guidelines for schools supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning (LBGTQ2+) youth.
Once the individual states distribute ASP ESSER money to independent school districts, those schools will hire counselors who will follow the DOE’s and the NEA’s guidelines. The influx of Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Counselors into our schools could be parents’ next worst nightmare.
If there is any doubt about the priority of the relief funds, Secretary Cardona dispelled them in a recent press release: Secretary Cardona Lays Out Vision For Education In America. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona assures the American public of increasing access to social, emotional, and mental health supports for all students.
Public schools are undergoing a drastic systemic change, not for the better.
Why Are Teachers and School Administrators Bold To Recruit Students To Become Transgender? Because liberal public school educators have no problem taking over a parents’ right to make moral decisions for their children. The liberal educators believe they know best for our students. They fearlessly move forward, emboldened by the backing of two of the most powerful institutions in America: The US Department of Education and the National Education Association (NEA).
Intercessors united in prayer can be a powerful force for the parents who fight for the moral life of their children in the public square. We can help parents by including the institutions that empower the immoral attack on our students and our nation in our prayers.
Do you see how important you are and how important it is to understand what is going on in our communities, states, and nationally? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments.
About the Author: Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the US. Currently, Nancy serves with Dimensions Alliance Remnant. For additional information, go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com/.
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