Fundamental transformation. The American system of public education is uniquely susceptible to just that sort of destructive nonsense. In truth, there is nothing new under the sun. Circa 2016 AD, people learn in exactly the same ways people learned in 350 BC as Aristotle held forth. Times change; people don’t. Yet, con men have always made billions selling the same old, failed ideas dressed up in new acronyms and colorful curricular materials to educrats wanting to make their mark by “transforming” education.
But then came the Age of Obama and the imposition of progressive transformation. Leftists always drool over the prospect of taking control of the minds of children. They understand all too well that children are the key to controlling the future, to permanent leftist majorities that can never be voted out of office. They dream of socialist utopias like Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Illinois and California if they can only realize their dreams.
They have almost entirely taken over the world of so-called higher education, and have made strides in K-12 education, but have often been stymied by the annoyance of parents whose concerns tend to run to actual learning rather than sociopolitical indoctrination. This is all to the good–for the sane and moral. Politicians, particularly progressives, often claim a given insane policy must be enacted “for the children.” For progressives, “for the children” invariably means turning children into good little America-hating, intolerant, hateful, amoral or immoral, insufferable little Marxists.
The Obamites have worked hard to subvert local control, even parental control of education. Two of their early methods have been school lunch mandates, which have been primarily successful in starving children and wasting untold tons of unpalatable food-like products, and trying to implement “disparate impact” school discipline policies, whereby the worst student bad actors–usually black–are made immune from discipline and allowed to destroy any chance of learning by others in their respective schools, all in the name of racial equity, social justice, clean, renewable energy, and probably, no nucs for Iran (ha-ha).
These brilliant policies not being nearly insane and destructive enough, the Obamites have announced a new, equally brilliant initiative: forcing schools to let sexually confused, or just horny, teenagers use the same bathrooms and showers as non-confused, non-tittilated girls. These new policies, conjured out of thin air–there is no federal law mandating, allowing, or even mentioning, them–are just another example of rampant lawlessness and abject degeneracy by the Obamites. Legal Insurrection explains:
Late last night, I blogged about a NYT report that the Education and Justice Departments were issuing a bathroom edict to all government-funded schools.
As the NYT pointed out, the letter is not legally binding and has, ‘no force of law,’ but is a threat no less. Without force of law, the only threat remaining is federal money (which should make for a fun 10th amendment fight).
So the ED and DOJ trotted out Title IX to preach about discrimination.
But it’s not a threat. Public schools will lose federal funding for noncompliance, but it’s not a threat though:
Note: Title IX (general Title IX information available here) does not so much as mention sexual orientation, trangenderism, or any of the currently trendy social justice victim groups championed by the Obamites. The law is silent on these issues, so the Obamites have sent a “Dear Colleague” letter (available here) which has no force of law, and merely “suggests” what they had better do, to every school in America. In this, they are following Mr. Obama’s Chicago political machine upbringing, where one sends around some large and seedy thugs who break a few things, rough up the school secretaries, and say: “nice little school youse got here. Be a shame wuz anyting’ to happen to it.” You can take the community organizer out of Chicago, but you can’t take the thug out of the community organizer.
Potty Decree highlights (or lowlights):
- Identification Documents, Names, and Pronouns
Under Title IX, a school must treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex. The Departments have resolved Title IX investigations with agreements committing that school staff and contractors will use pronouns and names consistent with a transgender student’s gender identity.
- Sex-Segregated Activities and Facilities
Title IX’s implementing regulations permit a school to provide sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, housing, and athletic teams, as well as single-sex classes under certain circumstances.12 When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.13 Restrooms and Locker Rooms. A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.14 A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so. A school may, however, make individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy.
Translation: Rational schools might think they can adequately accommodate the very few–usually none–transgender kiddies by building or designating single-use (single stall) bathrooms for their use. They need not mark them exclusively for transgender kids, and should allow any student to use them, as many would doubtless prefer, but this is not good enough for the Obamites. The desires of gender-confused kids, no matter how transient, take precedence over the morality and needs of everyone else. For that matter, the voyeuristic desires of kids willing to pretend to feel a bit girlish on a given day take precedence over morality and laws prohibiting stalking, peeping toms, etc. This isn’t about being kind to a very few confused youngsters, this is about forcing every American not only to tolerate, but to praise Obamite morality and progressive ideology, to laud the rare and abnormal as common and accepted.
I don’t know about you, gentle readers, but during the time I spend in the bathroom I am not at my best, most fragrant and most attractive. I do not assume that others want nothing so much as the opportunity to experience the wonder that is my penis. I’ve always considered that to be rather a private, special occasion sort of party favor. I am always glad to have a single user bathroom available, not merely for privacy reasons, but because I am considerate of the sensibilities of others.
4. Privacy and Education Records
Protecting transgender students’ privacy is critical to ensuring they are treated consistent with their gender identity. The Departments may find a Title IX violation when a school limits students’ educational rights or opportunities by failing to take reasonable steps to protect students’ privacy related to their transgender status, including their birth name or sex assigned at birth.25 Nonconsensual disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), such as a student’s birth name or sex assigned at birth, could be harmful to or invade the privacy of transgender students and may also violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).26 A school may maintain records with this information, but such records should be kept confidential.
Amendment or Correction of Education Records.
A school may receive requests to correct a student’s education records to make them consistent with the student’s gender identity. Updating a transgender student’s education records to reflect the student’s gender identity and new name will help protect privacy and ensure personnel consistently use appropriate names and pronouns.
In other words, schools must, on a daily basis if necessary, alter records with whatever name, orientation, and/or pronouns confused kids might desire. Notice that parents are not involved in any of this. The transient, even delusional, desires of children drive the entire system, in effect, running the school.
My good friend and colleague Bookworm, a recovering Progressive, explains the psychology involved:
I’m satisfied in my own mind that promoting transgenderism is a bad thing for those claiming transgender status. The statistics David French cites make it clear that transgender people need psychiatric support, not access to the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. And Harris’s article nicely hones in on the fact that the LGBT movement and the Left as a whole are hugely hypocritical to support body mutilation of the type that they decry in others.
So what gives? If the numbers show, and the Left truly knows, that transgenderism is a sign of mental illness, not a sign of self-actualization, self-realization, and self-empowerment, why this huge push to put gender up for grabs, in complete denial of biologic reality right down to the genetic level?
I think I have the answer. Indeed, I had the answer six years ago, when American Thinker published an article of mine entitled Sex and State Power. I will quote myself liberally, because the Obama administration’s newest order about public schools reveals that the Left’s motives in exerting control over people’s self-identity, to grab them at the core of their being, is exactly the same as it ever was:
Leftism, of course, must exalt the power of the collective–the state–over the individual. Individuals must have only the privileges the state sees fit to allow at any given moment. This also requires that the state determine the destinies of all comrades, as Bookworm further explains:
What’s interesting is that, because the Left expresses itself in terms of ‘freeing’ people’s sexuality, many people miss the fact that it is every bit as sexually controlling in its own way as Islam is. This control comes about because the Left works assiduously to decouple sex from a person’s own sense of bodily privacy and, by extension, self-ownership. If a person has no sense of autonomy, that person is a ready-made cog for the statist machinery.
The practical problem for the Left when it tries to attack individuality as expressed through sexuality is the fact that a person’s sense of an inviolate physical self develops quite early, during childhood:
Once a child individuates, he becomes aware of being his own self. … The most basic thing one can own is one’s own self, and not letting others touch that self in ways you don’t like is an exercise in self-ownership. (Emphasis mine.)
The Left, therefore, needs to decouple self and body as early as possible in a person’s development — and it does this by bringing its own peculiar notions of sexuality into the realms of child-rearing and education.
In this pursuit, manipulating all facets of the LGBTQWERTY movement is mandatory. The new emphasis on transgenderism is merely a slightly different avenue of attack on individualism, parental control of their children’s morality, and local control.
While the overheated Marxist rhetoric of the 1960s has died away, the Leftist preoccupation with childhood sexuality, and its relentless desire to have the state control a child’s sexual development — and, by extension, to deny the child self-ownership — is still alive and well. The primary pathway the Left currently uses to decouple childhood sexual development from self-individuation is the gay rights agenda.
Many of us who believe that gays and lesbians should be free to pursue their personal lives free from discrimination have felt bewildered by our discomfort with and resistance to all of the homophilic programs that have suddenly invaded our children’s schools. To use the language of the Left, though, we should ‘listen to our feelings.’
Subconsciously, we recognize that these pro-homosexual programs have nothing to do with teaching tolerance, which is a virtue in a pluralistic society. Instead, the programs have everything to do with having the state substitute its goal of sexual, and therefore social, control in place of a parent’s desire to inculcate his children with traditional Judeo-Christian values, values that focus on the inviolability of the individual, beginning with his body.
By all means, take the link and read all of Bookworm’s excellent article.
Let’s take just a few minutes to explore the obvious and inevitable consequences of this Obamite “suggestion.”
In any school setting, maintaining an environment conducive to learning must be the first goal of any principal. This means a clear and effective set of disciplinary policies, fairly and uniformly enforced. If kids do not have to behave, they don’t learn, and neither do the kids that actually want to learn. The adults must be in charge.
The Obamites would put any and every sexually confused child in charge. Remember, gentle readers, we’re dealing with children. If little Johnny decides on Monday that he wants to be “Jennie,” and dresses the part, the disruption will be considerable. Kids take advantage of such things in ingenious, and often harmfully devious, ways.
Or perhaps Johnny thinks it would be grand to spend some time in the girl’s bathroom or shower room with his smart phone and its video recorder, enabling him to become an instant social media sensation. All he need do is claim he felt his inner girl coming out that day. Or if the Obamites get their way, he won’t have to explain himself at all.
Social justice warriors and Obamite apologists, in discussing this issue, claim such things just don’t happen. Apparently they have no experience with adolescent boys, or they have never grown beyond the adolescent boy stage and want to get into those bathrooms and showers themselves. Or perhaps they’re just fundamentally stupid or dishonest.
What happens when Bobby, who isn’t a good enough basketball, volleyball or soccer player to make the varsity decides he’d get a great deal more playing time on a girl’s team, not to mention some close body contact with all those girls? Remember, the desires of the individual transgender kid–or the kid wearing the cloak of transgenderism for other reasons–take precedence over all. This would make a mockery of Title IX, which was written to give girls the opportunities, appropriate to their desires and abilities, boys have always enjoyed.
I’ve worked, in nearly 25 years in education, with only about 10 self-identified “trans” students. All were male. Most caused enormous disruption, not only in the classroom, but in the student body. Their fixation on their constantly fluctuating sexuality made learning for them, and everyone around them, difficult or impossible. Children can be quite tolerant. They can also have no tolerance for what they see as bovine excrement. They can be very direct, even cruel. Until recently, the bathroom and shower issues weren’t a problem. There was no question people sporting penises were not going to gain access to girl’s locker rooms or bathrooms. If that had happened, things would have quickly gotten out of hand.
All of those boys eventually decided they were male and came to terms with that. Some within days; others took longer. I do not suggest that there are not people who truly believe they were born the wrong sex, but as Bookworm pointed out, they tend not to live happy lives, and in many cases, they live short lives.
For schools, the answer is simple: ignore the Obamites. They’ll be gone soon, and even if Clinton is elected, she might not be quite as crazy as they were. If necessary, state governments can attack the 10th Amendment issues as 12–to date–are doing.
As for individual, confused kids, that’s why schools have counselors. We also need adults in charge, adults who, as kindly as such kids and their parents will allow, will tell them:
Your desires do not take precedence over the rest of the world. The world has no obligation to accommodate you. If you’re going to survive, you have to adapt to the expectations and social conventions of society. We’ll help you do that.
You may use the single-use bathrooms throughout the school. That ensures not only your privacy, but the privacy of every other student. We have to consider their needs and feelings too. You may not use bathrooms for which you are not biologically equipped. Bathrooms are about necessity, not about your ego and feelings.
As a boy, you would have an unfair advantage playing on any girl’s sports team, and they don’t want you. We’re not going to knowingly put you in a situation where we know people will be hostile toward you. Not only that, if you’re on a team, other schools won’t play our girls. We’re not going to allow you to ruin their opportunity to be involved in sports. If you wish to be involved in the sports of your biological gender, but don’t want to shower with them, you can shower in the single use showers throughout the school. Again, showering is about necessity, not your ego and feelings.
If you wish to dress outside the norm for your gender, you may do that, subject to the school dress code. However, you must understand that when you do, you will be drawing attention to yourself, and much of that attention will be neither friendly nor kind. Kids are going to laugh, make faces, make jokes and say unkind things. You might try to claim this is bullying. Under school policy and the law, much of it will not be actionable. We will enforce all school rules fairly and uniformly, but we will also take into consideration whatever you do–if anything–to provoke or inflame situations. Again, the world will not adapt to your desires, and we do you no favor by pretending otherwise.
You can certainly see your counselor, but if you use that as a means of skipping classes or not doing your work, we’ll deal with that under normal school rules.
We can’t tell you how to feel, but we do have an obligation to demand certain behaviors of you and everyone else that attends this school. the rest is up to you. Good luck.
One very important lesson I learned as a police officer, a lesson that has been reinforced to a somewhat lesser degree as a teacher, is that nothing angers people more than messing with their children or their pets. Doing either can provoke normally tranquil, non-violent people to murderous rage. Under Barack Obama, leftists have begun to think themselves all-powerful and invulnerable. They decry the supposed violence of conservatives and the followers of Christianity, those who cling to God and guns, but one never sees such people blocking traffic on busy highways, burning police cars and stores, or ambushing police officers.
Leftists often talk a violent, aggressive game, full of revolutionary rhetoric and blustery analogy, but when it comes to physical confrontation, they are the most pathetic of cowardly weaklings. It is conservatives, people that have served in the military, who understand violence and its justified use. They are the people with civility and self-control. It is they that are actually tolerant and understanding.
I can think of few things that will more enrage fathers than the idea of politicians and “community activists” trying to put people with penises into their daughter’s and wive’s bathrooms and locker rooms. I do not advocate violence, but I know what causes it, and what drives non-violent people to legitimately commit it. This is a line leftists should not want to cross, not in any community, not in Washington D.C. I fear, however, that many of them are too stupid and arrogant to realize that, or to care. They will be made to care.
Privacy matters. Morality matters. Modesty matters. Americans will put up with a great deal. Illegal immigration, Obamite lawlessness, Obamacare, lies, abusive bureaucracies, they’ll abide it and quietly go about their lives. But start directly harming their wives and children, in their schools and communities…