Tuesday, March 06, 2007

CRC Throngs Protest New Sex-Ed Classes

Argyle Middle School began its pilot testing today, and in a show of force the Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum protested outside the school buildings.

School officials finally came out and chased CRC President John Garza and two unidentified women away from the school grounds this afternoon, after the school had closed for the day. They carried signs that said "Don't label my child," and "No unisex bathrooms."

The first statement, "Don't label my child," refers to a lie that the CRC often tells. An example is found in this grammatically liberated sentence from the appeal they filed with the state school board: "Also, encouraging children to self label their sexual identity with out parental input or support and then teach them that said identity is innate and lifelong violates sound educational policy."

Of course there is nothing in the curriculum that suggests any child should label him- or herself. But it is true that sometimes when you say something over and over again, people end up believing it. At least there is a chance of confusing people who haven't read the curriculum (it's on the top left side of our Resources page).

The second rallying-cry, "No unisex bathrooms," is even more powerful. A passerby reading the sign might think that someone has proposed unisex bathrooms, and some parents might be upset to think that boys and girls would be using the same facilities.

But what if it meant that a transgender student had a private place to relieve herself, that no one else used? Would that be such a problem?

Or, what about this -- what if it was a transgender student in a story? A fictional character.

In fact, what if this was a fictional character in a story in a textbook which was not going to be used in this school?

That vignette is in a resource in the tenth-grade curriculum; Argyle is a middle school, it goes up through eighth grade.

What kind of person trespasses on school property in single-digit wind-chill to hold up a sign protesting the behavior of a character in a vignette in a textbook that is not going to be used in that school?

(En-you-tee, maybe?)

[Update: I should mention that our own CillyGoose witnessed this event, took a couple of pictures, and introduced herself to the crowd.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

rgggggggggggg Give it up!! The curriculum is sound! I teach it, and the kids get ALOT out of it! Family life is their favorite subject, and in my 7 years here in the county (at 2 middle schools and 2 high schools) I've only had 3 students opted out of the curriculum.... Hearing about the ignorant protesters at Argyle just makes me laugh :)

March 07, 2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Didn't a CRC videographer have to be asked repeatedly to stop filming a PTSA meeting, didn't the CRC misuse PTSA directories twice(for many schools), aren't they telling lies about our schools? So I think I know what the danger to our kids is-and Johnny and crew are part of it.

March 07, 2007 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The video incident occurred at the Sherwood High School parent meeting with the health teacher, called to explain the revisions for the piloting at Sherwood.

March 07, 2007 10:20 AM  

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