Stop Adoption of Sexualized Curriculum in EGUSD Elementary Schools without opt-out option.

Stop Adoption of Sexualized Curriculum in EGUSD Elementary Schools without opt-out option.

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We, Elk Grove Unified School District parents and/or guardians, understand the importance of highlighting the notable contributions representing various groups within our society. However, we strongly oppose the adoption of either Social Science curricula, McGraw-Hill and Studies Weekly, presented by the EGUSD for elementary-aged students to meet the Fair Education Act demands, for the reasons here stated below: 

1. It is unnecessary to mention sexuality, including heterosexuality, when teaching about the contributions of historic figures in elementary educational institutions.  Teach math, reading, public speaking, science, historical facts (neutral of sexual preferences or identity), and teach kids how to think for themselves (not how to be spoon-fed an agenda). Countries that are passing the United States up in education focus on these key subjects, and do not spend days on units on such social issues. Increase content-area test scores by focusing on academics. This social-sexual curriculum is not where our children’s or teachers’ valuable time, nor our tax dollars, should be spent.

-In addition, Harvey Milk's sexuality is highlighted and spread throughout both curricula at multiple grade levels as a hero (in a small 4 paragraph section in one, "gay" is stated 12 times). We know that his biography dedicates a chapter to his sexual relationship with a 16 year-old boy when he was 33, which is a well-known fact, also that he practiced a promiscuous, lifestyle encouraging people to have multiple partners at once, which no one could argue would be healthy for underage students. The statistics for STIs, depression, and pregnancy in sexually active kids speak for themselves. Moreover, it is inconceivable to portray a pedophile as a hero to impressionable kids.  

2. Let children play and be children for the short period of youth and not think about sexuality, and let parents be parents. We are trying to preserve our children’s innocence and its simplicity. It's not for the public school to determine how and when to introduce the topics at hand or to replace our role as parents.  All parents may not agree with the choice to delay topics of sexuality with early elementary children, and we would not ask to have our choice forced on them.  In the same respect, we strongly request that these topics not be forced on our K – 6th graders in the schools. We feel our right to raise our children and introduce these subjects at our discretion is being dictated by both curricula offered. There was no choice presented to us. Furthermore, teaching topics like “family” is the family’s job. Introducing such topics as sexuality at the young ages of K-3rd grades is not necessary nor mandatory. According to the Senate Bill 48 framework, it is up to the schools and the districts to determine how and at what age to implement it (See FAQs for SB 48 at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/senatebill48faq.asp

-The many early-elementary students we know personally, as either a parent or teacher, don’t distinguish differences and just want to be friends with everyone because they are innocent and because we already work to raise our children to be open-minded and respectful of all people. No one deserves to be mistreated for any reason, including kids who identify as LGBTQ+ and religious students with a traditional view of sex, marriage, family and gender. Public schools implementing these curricula are negating the moral beliefs of millions of their families. If a public school wants to teach fairly, it should teach kids how to treat others with respect, even when there is a disagreement on personal or controversial issues, not mandate sexual verbiage.

3. Finally, we do not support the inclusion of textbook language or activities to promote and elevate a version of sexual orientation and gender identity at such a young age that contradict the deep moral and/or cherished spiritual beliefs of millions of parents in this state. Many California families believe that gender is based on biology, not gender ideology that is unscientific, nor on feelings. Many parents also teach that sexual behavior should not be guided by natural inclinations, but by healthy, protective restraint, maturity, and moral principles, many of whom deeply revere the precepts found in the sacred writings of Muslim, Jewish, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and Christian faiths.   These curricula are not inclusive of these kids and go against our First Amendment rights.  

To close, we urge you to reject both curricula for the elementary classrooms.  Adopting either would be misusing thousands of tax payers’ dollars for public education on content with which many disagree.  Additionally, the amount of communication and time allotted for parents to view the curricula for a "Fairness Act" seemed far from sufficiently fair. We are confident that a substantial percentage of EGUSD families will be dismayed with the changes presented, especially for their 5-10 year old children.  We ask the District and Board to examine the list of standards-aligned materials adopted by the State Board of Education and to adopt materials that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity (Administrative Regulation 6161.1) for our elementary-aged kids without requiring they learn about sexuality before middle school and before each individual family and child are ready. In an elementary school text, LGBTQ+ historical figures should be highlighted without the mention of their sexual preferences, like all the other historical figures noted. We appreciate your consideration.

 

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