By Jerel Wade
I’m not sure that is even a strong enough word.
Who would have ever thought that a major topic in the world of public education would center on which bathroom certain students would be allowed to use?
Recently, a joint statement from the US Departments of Education and Justice, as a directive from President Barack Hussein Obama, dictates that all public schools must provide access to gender-specific facilities, i.e. restrooms and locker rooms, to students based on their “gender identity” and not their biological gender.
I WILL NOT COMPLY!
I find it hard to believe that the federal Departments of Education and Justice consider an issue of this sort is even within their scope of duty to the American people. Transgender bathroom issues for children between the ages of five and eighteen are neither a matter of education nor justice.
According to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment. There is no science to prove that a person who “feels” they are a gender different from their biological, anatomical, chromosomal gender is indeed meant to be the gender of their choosing.
Yet, because there is a liberal agenda run rampant in this country, public school administrators, teachers, and school board members are having to deal with a situation that has nothing to do with reading, writing, and arithmetic. Our president continues to make directives that force the vast majority of citizens of this once great country to conform to the wishes of a fractional, though vocal, minority.
The joint statement by DOE and DOJ is an attempt to provide “educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.” Their definition of sex has shifted from one of biology to one of emotion.
I didn’t know that agencies of the federal government had the right or the authority to redefine a term that has been used since the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. However, without this change in definition, the use of Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, would not be valid for creating this argument. These agencies are redefining words in an attempt to rewrite amendments and federal policy, thus usurping the proper legislative channels yet again.
It remains to be seen if, within a court of law, this use of the term ‘sex’ to describe a person’s gender in a manner apart from their biological, chromosomal gender would be considered valid and be upheld. But I imagine that this definition will be tested sooner rather than later.
It further states that directions are given to help transgender and non-transgender students “enjoy a safe and discrimination-free environment.” How can that happen? How can both “enjoy” an environment free from discrimination when students never know if someone of the opposite biological gender will be in the restroom with them?
So, you think this joint statement is crazy enough, right? Oh! It gets better.
It reads, “A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity.”
Schools are required to have documentation for everything, from residency requirements, proof of custody, proof of immunization, even a birth certificate. But, according to the DOE and DOJ, the birth certificate, nor any other document or requirement, can be used to determine which restroom, locker room, or sports team a student can utilize or participate. School officials must only be notified by the “students or their parents” of their gender identity.
Furthermore, the directive requires schools to protect a student’s “privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.” Please, someone tell me how I am supposed to protect a student’s privacy when on Friday he is Johnny and uses the boys room and on Monday he is Janie and uses the girls room.
The threat of withholding federal funds for the operations of public schools is being used to strongarm school officials into compliance.
Sound familiar? This is the same tactic used to usher in common core. We have tied ourselves to the almighty purse strings of the federal government and our financial addiction prevents us from escaping its grasp.
I am a public school administrator as well as the father of a current public school son and soon-to-be public school daughter. My rights as a parent are being eroded away almost daily as I try to protect my children’s eyes and ears from seeing and hearing such vial things. It is increasingly difficult to meet all the demands that the federal government, who has no place in public education in the first place, puts on me as a school leader.
It is time we take a stand. I hear many say that American citizens will eventually have enough and will push back. Well, if this ain’t enough, then you have no limits, no principles, no ….. (anatomical gender-defining term).
I issue a challenge to all school leaders, principals, superintendents, school board members, to use the space in this news outlet to weigh in on this topic. It is past time to speak up. You owe it to your students and parents to make it known where you stand. To be a leader is to be out front, vocal, regardless of which side of the issue you stand.
Have you had enough?
Jerel Wade is a public school administrator and small business owner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.