Secrecy Has No Place In Education

Dear Editor,

A second grader picked up from school tells grandmother she was taught she could be a boy but she wasn’t to tell her parents. Why are happy little girls told they can be boys? How do they become boys?  Why shouldn’t parents be told about becoming a boy?  Something is very wrong here! Why the promotion of girls being boys and vice versa at such a tender age?  Indoctrination teaching a set of beliefs uncritically.  Clearly young children have no foundation of knowledge or critical thinking skills to understand the concept.

Adults can do as they choose. It’s not the education system’s place to expound on genderism to children and is inexcusable for educators to tell young children to keep secrets from their parents.

There is a national discussion on sexually explicit books being placed in elementary libraries.  Again, I must ask why? The public education system is creating an environment focused on sexuality and utilizing secrecy to dismiss parents. Parents are the first line of defense against sexual predators. Statistics for sexual abuse is 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will be sexually abused. Children are most vulnerable between the ages of 7 and 13.

Children should never be told to keep secrets from their parents, insinuating they cannot be trusted.  Sexually abused children in general feel they did something wrong and are afraid to tell an adult. One educator telling students to hide information from parents is too many.  Parents talk to your children.

Linda Welborn

Guilford County Board of Education Member District 4