Georgia may be in the Bible Belt, but the state has seen its fair share of controversy lately. The Peach State is in the news again, this time for a lesson being given by the Dekalb County School District.
Octavia Parks was appalled when she saw the work being given to her 12-year-old daughter, who is in sixth grade at Lithonia Middle School.
The middle school’s health teacher assigned a quiz that defined 10 “sexual identity” terms, such as gay, lesbian, and transgender. The quiz required the sixth graders to identify and differentiate between various sexual orientations and identities, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.
Parks asked, “Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?”
She said that the content was entirely too mature for middle schoolers, and is not appropriate for school. She said, “We’re talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon,” Parks added, “I’m not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean.”
Perhaps what makes it even worse is that Parks spoke with the health teacher before her daughter took the class, and the teacher assured her that ‘no such material’ would be included in lessons.
Understandably upset, Parks said, “We had a brief conversation and she assured me that this sort of thing would not happen.” she continued, “Nonetheless, it is happening.”
Effective immediately, Parks is removing her child from the class. She has even signed the form to do so already.
Fox News reports:
She is not the only parent to find fault with the controversial quiz.
Eva McClain, the mother of a past Lithonia Middle School student, agrees that the material is inappropriate for school. She also said that the sexual orientation quiz was not part of the health class’ curriculum when her daughter was in school.
“If a kid wants to know about the gender or know about the sex preference, it should come from the parents, not from the school,” McClain said.
It is still unclear if the DeKalb County School District approved this curriculum, but the district did acknowledge the parent’s concern in a written statement.
“DCSD has been made aware of this alleged event, and is working to verify its authenticity. We will investigate this event and take action, as appropriate, once that investigation is completed,” a spokesman for the district said to FOX 5.
Park plans to bring her concerns to the school district headquarters Tuesday, as soon as their fall break ends.
Parks concluded, “I will be removing her from that class, and I’m also going to take it to the board of education to see what they have to say about it, as well.”
I do not blame her either. I would be doing just the same if it were my child!