by Michael Avramovich
The Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten (“Montview”) in Denver, Colorado, is a parent cooperative preschool and kindergarten for children three years of age and older. The school advertises that its highly experienced staff is “committed to best practices and to excellence in early education,” and that the school is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which the school administration considers the “gold standard” in early children education. Montview states that its goal is to provide an environment for experiential learning, including “developmentally appropriate play-based learning.” As a parent cooperative, there is significant parental participation as parents are considered “partners in joyful learning.” The school advertises that it uses “engaging materials” that invite children to explore and learn with their “heads, hearts, and hands.” It also seeks to foster new ways of thinking for their students. In an article posted on its website, Lance Rushton encourages parents, “Look for books that are very different from your own family and personal experience . . . . Pick books that focus on different family structures, belief systems, cultural values and understandings, social position, historical trauma or economic circumstances. Yes, all of these examples can be found in children’s literature.” He then goes on to suggest the following dialogue as an example:
Daughter: “Dad, why do those kids have two moms?”
Dad: “The two moms are the parents of Claudia and Enrique. Some families have a mom and a dad like you have, and some have two dads or two moms. Some kids have one parent, a mom or a dad. Families come together in many different ways for many different reasons that I don’t even know.
Daughter: “I don’t know of any families that don’t have a mom and a dad.
Dad: “Actually you do. Drew has two dads, and Sonia from your class last year, has two moms. Oh, and Daren and his mom, and grandma are his family!
Daughter, “hmm, I didn’t know that.”
Dad: “Yep. Sometimes it’s hard to know what other families are like or who is in them when you only see one adult come to pick them up. Right? But they are all families who love each other just like we do.
Recently, one of Montview’s four-year-old students was expelled after her mother questioned the administration’s controversial curriculum that openly promoted homosexual behavior and transgenderism in the classroom. The child’s mother wanted an opportunity to opt her daughter out of the classroom discussions focusing on sexuality, same-sex relations, and gender issues, believing that her four-year-old is far too young to participate in sex education and related topics at school. The mother told the Denver Post, “I think, at this age, they don’t know what bias is. They could have kids from Mars and they would still play with each other.” But the mother made the foolish mistake of thinking that it is her parental right to judge when, where, and how her daughter is exposed to sensitive issues. So how did this issue even come to mom’s attention? Interestingly, mom became concerned about the sexual indoctrination program at Montview when her daughter came home from school and expressed worry that her father might not like “girls” any more. After finding out more from her daughter, she met with the school principal, Linda Mars, over concerns about the books being read in class, including ones that told the stories about same-sex couples. According to a CBN News reports, “School officials . . . . explained the stories were part of the school’s anti-bias curriculum, and because the discussions are sprinkled through the day’s activities, [the administration] told her that opting out was not possible.” However, a mere two days later, the preschooler was kicked out of the school. The school’s letter handed to mom simply stated, “[The situation is] not a good fit,” and that it was her daughter’s last day at the school. So Montview apparently could not accommodate mom’s request to protect her child.
Principal Mars then wrote another letter to the Montview community about other concerns that were expressed over the choice of books being read by students and teachers in the classroom. In an attempt to avoid further problems, Principal Mars insisted that the preschoolers and kindergarteners must learn about diversity and tolerance during classroom instructional time, and that they must become familiar with all the different languages, skin colors, cultures, and family structures in American society. In contrast, the preschooler’s mom maintained that her daughter is immersed in a community that is diverse since she is being raised in a biracial family, where she is exposed to both Western and Moslem cultures on a daily basis.
Personally, I think that her “expulsion” is a blessing. Recently, the American College of Pediatricians (“ACP”) issued a statement entitled, “Gender ideology harms children,” available here http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children, in which they warned educators and lawmakers to resist embracing the LGBTQ+ agenda that encourages gender transitions among children. In its statement, the ACP said that the trend toward gender transitioning is tantamount to “child abuse,” and further noted, “The [ACP] urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.” Indeed. Ironically, as a culture, we have fallen far in the 75 years since publication in 1941 of Robert McCloskey’s classic and immensely popular book for young children, Make Way for Ducklings. Who even knows if such a wholesome book is read today to the children at Montview? But what is happening at Montview is only the tip of an iceberg. A Queer Endeavor, an “initiative” started in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has helped train 2,500 Colorado teachers over the past three years. In the public preschools of Boulder, Colorado, all teachers were trained this year to integrate a broader type of diversity to include gender and sexual differences, and to have “conversations” with young children. Ultimately, I would encourage my readers to find out what your children and grandchildren are being taught in their preschools and kindergarten. You might just be as surprised as was the mother of this four-year-old little girl. Is it really any wonder that millions of children are being homeschooled in the United States?