Sunday, June 25, 2017

Elementary School

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Californians like to say that as California goes, so goes the nation. If true, parents in California and across the nation need to listen up.

At a time when Christian prayers are banned, Christmas carols censored and even “Moments of Silence” are considered violations of student civil rights, one social studies teacher at a taxpayer-funded school in Orange County, California infuriated some local parents by forcing her seventh grade class to not only learn, but sing, a song praising Islam.

To add insult to injury, the teacher wrote the lyrics and used “Fight Song” by pop star Rachel Platten for the music – a song so popular with kids that Platten’s video has been viewed more than 97 million times worldwide as we go to print.

The singing event happened at the Spring View Middle School in Huntington Beach. Here’s a sample of the lyrics for the song entitled: “This is their fight song…” “spread Islam now song.”

“Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion,
like how a single faith can make a heart open,
they might only have one god,
but they can make an explosion.

And they don’t really care,
If no Jews of C’s believe
Cause they still have
A lot of others to reach

Islam…Allah’s on the way
They will preach them loud tonight
Can you hear their voices this time?”

Nichole Negron, a parent who led the protest against the song, voiced her anger over the lyrics during public comments at the Ocean View School Board meeting earlier this week. According to CBS Los Angeles, Susan Negron, Nichole Negron’s mother also spoke saying:

“I believe that by singing this song, the children feel comfortable believing that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him.”

Advocates countered by pointing out that the public school social studies curriculum for Huntington Beach seventh graders included studies covering the world’s big religions including Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

Nichole Negron was unmoved saying that part of her son’s Islam lesson included an illustration of a stick-figure guy proclaiming: “Believe in Allah! There is no other god.”

In a statement that many thought might include an apology and a pledge to end the practice, school district superintendent Carol Hansen suggested that the Islam lesson set to a pop song wasn’t wrong, it was just poorly timed. In her statement, Hansen said:

“It was unfortunate that the lesson on Islam ended just prior to the tragic world events on Friday, Nov. 13.” “It was not the intention of the teacher to incite anger or offend.”

Then she issued a non-apology apology saying:

“I apologize on behalf of the district if the song used in the World History lesson may have offended anyone…” and that the teacher (who was not identified) did not mean “to incite, anger or offend.”

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A California elementary school has done away with gender-specific bathrooms–in order to protect little kids who don’t fall into male or female on the “gender spectrum,” apparently.

Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco, California, has announced that Kindergarten and first grade students will no longer have to choose between girls’ or boys’ bathrooms.

It plans to convert the rest of the school’s bathrooms, for older children, to gender-neutral as well–including bathrooms with multiple stalls, which will now be allowed to be occupied by either gender.

California law already allows students to use whichever gender bathroom that they identify with–but Miraloma is, apparently, the first elementary school in California to do away with male or female altogether.

“There’s no need to make them gender-specific anymore… We changed the signs, we changed the way we teach our students that we don’t have boys and girls restrooms, we have restrooms,” said the principal, Sam Bass.

The PTA president, Ellen Schatz, had nothing but high praise for the school’s new rule.

“[Parents] told us they have children who are on the gender spectrum, which means they may have been born biologically with one gender, but they identified with a different gender and that they weren’t comfortable going to the bathroom,” Schatz said.

So far, no parents have complained, according to school officials–and, in some cases, parents have even praised the decision.

For instance, one mom, Jae, who refused to give her last name, is happy that her son–who identifies as a boy, but likes to wear dresses and long hair–can use whichever bathroom he feels like.

But despite the positive reaction in liberal San Francisco, there’s a chance that there may be a growing backlash against schools mixing genders in restrooms in the rest of the country. Last week, a St. Louis high school made headlines when 200 students walked out in protest, after a transgender female student–who still has a male body and wears a wig–was allowed to use the women’s locker room.


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