Editor’s note: The following four Ohio newspapers refused to publish this Guest Editorial:
Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Toledo Blade.
(StopCriticalRaceTheory.com, 4/22) Watching the media’s narrative on divisive subjects such as Critical Race Theory and teaching Sexual Orientation and Gender to kids in kindergarten through third grade is a moving target and almost always a one-sided story.
The early Critical Race Theory narrative was a series of articles and editorials that said legislation in the Ohio House was geared towards trying to take away from teachers the right to teach history. The narrative said books would be banned and important Civil Rights would not be taught—even though the legislation didn’t say that.
Now, new legislation (HB616) has been introduced in the Ohio House to restrict how schools talk about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for kids in kindergarten through third grade. It also includes suggestions on how to handle these discussions up to 12th grade. Meanwhile, the medias’ new narrative says the legislation is meant to force children into the back of the closet and bully and oppress lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
It would be good to look at the actual legislation and separate it from the narrative—for once. How many Ohio Citizens are really against the core components of Critical Race Theory legislation which says, “No race, ethnicity or sex is inherently superior to another nationality, color, ethnicity, race, or sex?” Let’s take an up or down vote on that one…
The role of a public school is to teach our children about reading, writing, arithmetic, and history; not to replace parents. With many public-school proficiency ratings below 50%, we better decide quickly whether we want our schools to continue focusing on this racist-sexual progressive push-down on our children. Parents don’t want their kids being indoctrinated about sex and gender in kindergarten through the third grade—it’s disgusting and sick. Let’s take that further and say that indoctrination to fourth, fifth and sixth grades is sick also…think about when you were in fourth grade…I mean, really?
Several parents have contacted me to ask what they can do to stop indoctrination of their students in public schools. For parents that don’t want indoctrination, the legislation and enforcement mechanisms provided by legislation in HB327 and HB616 are valuable. Governor Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost talk a good game, but when the rubber hits the road, the Republican majority has been weak to provide any protection to parents let alone to our children.
Parents should not have to take their kids out of public schools because of things like Critical Race Theory and the Sexual Ideology Indoctrination. Unless, of course, Governor DeWine would like to pass the Backpack Bill immediately and allow every parent that does not want this indoctrination the choice of a healthy option where their child can get an actual education.
Public schools keep taking their eyes off the ball by trying to be all things to all students. Even with the State of Ohio spending $10.88 billion on primary and secondary education we are failing our kids and losing the effort to help our students be competitive in the world. Until we change the narrative back to education, soon, we don’t stand a chance.
These are the elected officials at the Governor, Attorney General, and State House level that refuse to take action or provide parents enforcement against Divisive Educational Content, CRT and Child Gender Indoctrination being presented in our public schools.
Contact Ohio Governor Mike DeWine–Click Here
Attorney General Dave Yost–Click Here
Contact Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp–Click Here
Contact Majority Floor Leader of Ohio House Bill Seitz–Click Here
Contact Committee Chairman Scott Wiggam–Click Here
Contact Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman–Click Here
Contact Senate Education Chairman Andrew Brenner–Click Here
Contact Senate Education Member Louis W. Blessing III–Click Here
Contact House Education Chairperson Gayle Manning–Click Here
Daniel P. Regenold, Managing Board Member