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California wants to secede? They ‘ve got my vote.

All competent teachers understand there are clear and ever-present boundaries between student and teacher. As much as we love our students, they are not our children. We are not their parents. Our role is clearly defined. We are a part of their lives for a short time, nine-ish months of the year. Our job, particularly in the upper grades, is to teach them particular content, and of course, certain basics of civilized living. We do not teach them about sex or religion. We do not step on the duties and responsibilities of their parents. It’s not our business, and in rational parts of America, it’s dangerous to our careers.

It would seem California teachers–at least some–have never learned about these boundaries, as the local CBS station in Sacramento reports:

The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned over a controversial incident involving transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.

‘These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified,’ said Karen England with the Capitol Resource Institute.

Well, yeah. “Transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.” Kindergarten?! Five and six year olds? They’re fortunate “facing tough questions” is the extent of it–thus far.

At Monday night’s board meeting, the teacher at the center of the controversy spoke out. With emotions high, she addressed a packed house.

‘I’m so proud of my students, it was never my intent to harm any students but to help them through a difficult situation,’ she said.

The teacher defended her actions to read two children’s books about transgenderism including one titled ‘I am Jazz.’ She says the books were given to her by a transgender child going through a transition.

Underlying this is a fundamental philosophical–and biological–argument. Is gender dysphoria a mental illness? Is it a normal human process–some people are born in the wrong gender/body, and we must do everything possible to accommodate them? Are those confused about their gender to be accorded special rights and accommodations, even when those rights and accommodations impinge on the rights of others? Are such matters private, or an occasion for public acclaim and affirmation?

In this case, we need not know the definitive answers to these questions. We know enough: it’s absolutely not the business of kindergarten teachers. The consequences are predictable:

The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl,’ said England.

Parents say besides the books, the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender.

And many parents say they feel betrayed and blindsided.

That’s because they were blindsided and betrayed. What could possibly possess a teacher, particularly a kindergarten teacher, not only to indoctrinate five and six year-olds with progressive gender/sexual orthodoxy, but to actually use a child in a virtue-signaling display? Everywhere I’ve ever worked as a teacher, everywhere about which I’ve had knowledge, if I tried a stunt like that, I’d be immediately fired, and my teaching certificate permanently revoked, and rightfully so. This topic is absolutely off limits for teachers, and particularly so in the lower grades. It is absolutely age-inappropriate.

I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family, not from a book that may be controversial,’ a parent said.

‘My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,’ another parent said.

This comment illustrates the problem. How can children who have no possible means of abstract thinking–that doesn’t develop for most until 17-18–understand such things? At five and six, they’re still at the stage of magical thinking. They can’t possibly process that kind of indoctrination.

It’s really about the parents being informed and involved and giving us the choice and rights of what’s being introduced to our kids, and at what age,’ said parent Chelsea McQuistan.

Exactly right. And what did California teachers think?

Many teachers also spoke out in support of what transpired inside the classroom. They spoke about the importance of teaching students about diversity and having healthy dialogues. [skip]

‘When we head in the direction of banned books or book lists, or selective literature– that should only be read inside or outside the classroom, I think that’s a very dangerous direction to go,’ said 7th grade teacher Kelly Bryson.

Either Ms. Bryson is engaging in subterfuge, entirely deluded or both. This is not at all about banning books. It’s about what literature and topics are age-appropriate, and which simply have no place in a school curriculum. What’s read outside the classroom is not a teacher’s business. This is very much “selective literature.” A teacher is selectively trying to impose their political/sexual philosophy on students utterly unable to process such information without potential damage. This is absolutely not about “teaching students about diversity,” or “having healthy dialogues.” Such “dialogues” at this age are anything but healthy. And what did school authorities have to say?

The district says the books were age-appropriate and fell within their literature selection policy. Unlike sex education, the topics of gender identity don’t require prior parental notice.

The outcry from even California parents suggests there may well be a change on this policy in the future. As one might expect in such matters, the teacher and school district have been less than forthcoming: 

But the teacher [Kaelin Swaney] has refused to disclose to parents what happened during the lesson, according to the parent’s statement. Instead, she told the parent to ‘ask our student.’

The school board has taken the same line, says Karen England, executive director of Capitol Hill Resources, a pro-family public policy group.

Board staff ‘are refusing and they refused even afterwards to answer parents’ questions and have referred the parents to their children who were in their class, to the five-year-olds, as to what happened,’ she told LifeSiteNews.”

The school district, which refused to inform parents and demanded they ask their children, is also apparently claiming the parent’s accounts of what happened in the kindergarten class are wrong:

The board is now saying that parents’ accounts of what happened on the second-to-last day before summer break are inaccurate.

In a Tuesday email to parents, Rocklin Academy superintendent Robin Stout disputes the ‘timeline of events’ but adds: ‘Because of our obligation to protect student confidentiality and safety, we are not at liberty to correct every detail.’

Stout states no ‘transition ceremony took place’ but the ‘gender transition of the student had occurred before the day the book was read.’ [skip]

According to the parent’s statement, one-third of the class (seven students) said the teacher read one book in the beginning of the day and another at the end. (The two books pro-transgender books were ‘I am Jazz’ and ‘The Red Crayon’ and target four to eight year olds.) Somewhere in between, ‘the child changed his clothes from boy clothes to girl clothes.’

‘All of the students knew that the child now had a girl brain in a boy body and that he had a new name that the students were to call him,’ the parent stated. ‘Because of this we are assuming that there was some sort of presentation.’

At the next day’s graduation ceremony, the teacher introduced the student by ‘his girl name’ and ‘all of the students knew he was now a girl and that he had to be called by his new girl name,’ the parent stated.

‘The school did not refute this happened until a week ago,’ she wrote. ‘They are now disputing the sequence of events but not that the events did not take place.

As one might expect, the parents complaining about these boundary violations are getting death threats, presumably from those interested in diversity and healthy dialogue. For such people, “healthy dialogue” always amounts to: “shut up,” and “I’ll kill you.” While the teacher and school board are certainly using appalling judgment in this matter, some part of the blame falls on California legislators:

A July 31 school board presentation stated a child has a ‘right’ to self-identity and anyone who intentionally does not use a student’s preferred pronouns could be guilty of ‘gender identity harassment.’

California’s senate is now poised to pass SB-179, which will create a ‘third’ gender for birth certificates and driver’s licenses, Burt said. [skip]

The California senate is also considering Bill 219, which will jail people for up to a year for not using the pronouns of choice for patients in long-term care facilities. The bill mandates such facilities place men claiming to be women in rooms with women.

Ah yes. The all-powerful and wise Democrats of California may now legislate biology and the natural order. With a vote and flourish of the legislative pen, they may create a third gender and mandate all citizens praise them and use proper pronouns. I’m sure the universe will bow to their narratives.

And that’s not all. Consider this from The Washington Times:

Now first-graders at Rocklin Academy Gateway risk a trip to the principal’s office if they refer to their transgender classmate by the wrong name or gender pronoun, said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, a pro-family group based in Sacramento.

‘There was a little girl who had been in class with the little boy all last year,’ Ms. England said. ‘They’re in different classes now, but she saw him on the playground yesterday and called him by his name. The little girl was told ‘you can’t do that, his name is this name,’ and ‘you need to call him a ‘her.” Then she was called to the principal’s office.’

Ms. England said she has been in touch with the girl’s parents and described them as ‘outraged.’ She said they met with school officials to discuss the matter Wednesday.

It’s not clear whether the girl was disciplined for the infraction. Rocklin Academy did not return a request for comment before press time. 

Apparently, the progressive social justice warriors of the Rocklin Academy aren’t waiting for the State Legislature to mandate pronoun punishment.

Parents with children in this district have three choices: (1) get their children out of those schools as quickly as possible and enroll them in schools concerned with actual education rather than political indoctrination; (2) Vote rational people onto the school board, and fire those that have no idea what’s age-appropriate, and who care more for diversity and healthy dialogue than education, and (3) Flee California as from a pestilence.

The sooner California secedes, the better. I’ll help build the wall.