September 2, 2016 Radio Commentary

Schools, Courts, and Gender-Bending

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 2, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Proponents of radical culture-change are determined to convince Americans that gender-bending was the REAL goal in 1972 when Title IX passed, but that’s absurd! In 1972, no one was discussing gender identity; no one was marching in streets so boys could use girls’ restrooms; and educators were NOT telling students they might want to identify as the opposite sex.

The fact is: gender-bending has never been the goal of Title IX. It was not the goal of Title IX in 1972, and it’s NOT the goal of Title IX in 2016, although two federal departments – the Department of Education and Department of Justice – tried to make it so in their “Dear Colleague Letter” to public school superintendents. The letter, issued this year in May, twisted the Title IX definition of sex to include gender-identity, and strong-arm schools into ignoring biological sexual identity.

That letter included a veiled threat and three specific goals: (a) Force public schools to comply with their new definition of sex; (b) rewrite a 44-year-old law; and (c) side-step the legislative process in Congress. The threat is this: Schools that refuse to comply could lose federal funding. Continue reading

August 19, 2016 Radio Commentary

LGBT Grades 2 – 12

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 19, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

No doubt, many parents of school-age children were alarmed when California passed S.B. 48 in 2011 and became the first state requiring a homosexual curriculum for grades 2 – 12. So, regardless of community attitudes, California schools became cultural change agents for alternate lifestyles through enhanced classroom instruction.

To accommodate multiculturalism, handicapped individuals, and sexuality activists, two California code sections now require history and social science courses to focus on three additional groups: (a) hyphenated Americans, (b) persons with disabilities, and the (c) ever-expanding list of alternate lifestyles – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups. Also when S.B. 48 became law, California gave “sexual orientation” civil rights status.

As for textbooks and instructional materials, “sexual orientation” and “occupation” were added to the list of designated groups teachers must present in a positive light, always. To get it done immediately, California’s Board of Education adopted updated guidelines to integrate changes into current instruction, because the next scheduled adoption of teaching materials is 2017.

Meantime, California’s second-grade teachers are encouraged to read students stories about “a very diverse collection of families,” including “families with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents and their children.” Continue reading

July 22, 2016 Radio Commentary

14 Years of GSAs

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Fourteen years ago Senator Richard Marable introduced S.B. 426 so parents could be notified of clubs and activities available for students to join at school. Opponents of the bill included Georgia Equality, Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Enlight Atlanta, the ACLU and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

The bill did three things: (a) local boards of education were to develop policies to notify parents or guardians of clubs and activities available to students. (b) It would have provided an opportunity for parents to WITHHOLD permission to join, (c) but it did not REQUIRE parental permission for students to join. The focus of the bill was to keep parents in-the-loop about school activities available to their children.

Opponents brought in a Lakeside High School junior to speak against the bill when it was heard in the Senate Education committee. The student was president of Lakeside’s Gay Straight Alliance club. Despite opposition, S.B. 426 passed out of committee, but it died without further action.

When the bill was introduced, eleven Georgia counties had GSA clubs in high schools – six were school-certified and five were not certified. Now, Georgia has almost four dozen GSA clubs, and it’s important that parents know their focus. Continue reading

July 1, 2016 Radio Commentary

Georgia’s First LGBT School

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 1, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

A new private school is scheduled to open in Georgia in September.  Its name is Pride School Atlanta and its aim is to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and teachers.  Pride School Atlanta will be the first private school for LGBT in the South, but not first in the country.  The first opened in Oak Lawn, Dallas, Texas in 1997, but closed in 2004.

New York City’s Harvey Milk school opened in 2003 as a public LGBT school funded by 3.2 million tax dollars,  That school originated from a 1985 social-service agency program teaching displaced youths to earn a GED degree.  In 2001 it became an accredited, four-year, diploma-granting high school.

The founder of Pride School Atlanta is a transgender male who has taught math and other subjects since 1992.  The school will initially operate out of a church – the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.  Tuition will be about $13,000, with financial assistance available.

Pride School Atlanta will be a “Free Model school” tailored after schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Brooklyn.  “Free Model” means students will “explore freely, think critically, and work collaboratively, across ages, to govern themselves and their school.”  Brooklyn’s Free Model School embedded “education for social justice” strategies throughout its curriculum. Continue reading