A Texas middle school teacher is in trouble for asking his students about LGBTQ issues.
A teacher at North Richland Middle School, identity withheld, gave students a 41-question survey as part of a diversity curriculum for Black History Month.
In that survey, sixth grade students were instructed to rate their level of comfort with various scenarios like:
- A friend invites you to go to a gay bar
- You go to the gay bar and a person of the same sex asks you to dance
- Your sister invites her new boyfriend home to dinner. He is a female-to-male transsexual
- Your dentist is HIV positive.
- Your assigned lab partner is a Fundamentalist Christian
As you probably imagined, many parents were not happy when they caught wind of this survey.
Speaking to Star-Telegram, parent Ashley Brent shared her frustration at her son being asked these questions.
"This is not something that is school-appropriate," she told the newspaper. “I wasn’t ready for my son to be exposed to these type of things.”
In addition, a spokesperson for Birdville Independent School District shared with Todd Starnes Radio that the survey wasn’t approved of by the school or the district before it was passed out to students.
"We agree the survey was not appropriate and disciplinary action was taken," the spokesperson said.
Of course, this then became an easy target for viewers of the conservative radio show to then bag on liberals and liberal teachers over all.
“Do sixth graders in Texas go to bars,” asked one responder. “Why in the world would a teacher ask 12-year-old children questions about visiting a bar?”
“As a teacher, I am appalled at the garbage that liberal teachers are trying to force on children,” another commented. “Not one of those questions is age appropriate for 12-year-olds.”
“We have become a nation of identity politics. Everything has to be about race or sexual orientation,” said another.
Giving the teacher the benefit of the doubt, he or she was probably trying to teach students that the Civil Rights Movement and Black history taught us to treat others well in today's modern world.
That said, the teacher’s choice of situations like a dentist with HIV or kids going to a gay bar were just irresponsible.
We're not gonna fight for this battle.