Recently my bill, H 7539, was heard in the House Education Committee.
CHAIRMAN JOE MCNAMARA’S (Democrat District 19, Warwick and Pawtuxet Village and State Democrat Party Chairman) RESPONSE TO A BILL THAT IS INTENDED TO PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF EVERY STUDENT IN OUR STATE’S SCHOOLS WAS TO DO EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO SILENCE ME.
He made up the attack that my bill, which expressly protects every child from discrimination, segregation, and derogatory racial slurs, would lead to bullying! It is an absolute falsehood. I think you are wise enough to figure out the Chairman’s objective.
He wanted me to shut up. He didn’t want Rhode Islanders to hear about the damaging left turn that our public schools have taken in the last few years. He is just fine with the poisonous ideology that is infiltrating our education system. And he is eager to kill any attempt to ensure balance and parental control.
The text of the bill is clear. Its goal is to ensure that every child and adult in our schools is judged as an individual and not stereotyped as a member of an identity group. It ensures that every child enjoys the protections and benefits of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
It expressly forbids discrimination, segregation, and racial slurs that are used to denigrate any identity group.
It replaces the current education agenda of centering content on the Black and Hispanic experience that has replaced traditional textbooks with activist literature. Instead, this bill mandates that content about and from all races, ethnicities, religions, and genders are found in classrooms. And that material is chosen on academic quality, not narrative.
Of course, this means that factual, historical events are taught as factual, historical events in keeping with a high-quality curriculum. They always have been and must continue to be taught. But the presentation of ideological material must be balanced.
The bill mandates that classroom books that involve opinions, theories and ideological content must be balanced with books on the other side of the issue to promote critical thinking. After all, schools are not supposed to be centers for indoctrination into the left’s narrative, but instead learning spaces that ensure mastery of basic learning skills, independent and critical thought, and the maximization of each child’s abilities.
In that spirit It forbids adult teachers from delving into the personal sexual lives of their minor students without the written permission of that child’s parents. Today an adult male supervisor can be fired from his job for complementing a female subordinate on her appearance. But somehow the left wants more intimate conversations between control adults and impressionable children to take place without parental knowledge? It must not be allowed.
Young children and teenagers do not have the life experience to effectively deal with adults’ forays into their private lives. A child’s brain and personality are not fully developed until they are 25 years old.
Conversely, teachers are not mental health professionals; they are subject matter experts and that is the lane they must stay in. When they stray into areas for which they have no credentials, they can do life altering harm to students that can and will lead to future legal liabilities for school districts and taxpayers.
This bill can not be passed with the Leaders who currently represent you on school boards and in the General Assembly. The time for change is this election season. Run for office! If not you then who? If not now, then when?