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On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, parents and educators discussed both sides of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
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The law bans classroom teachers from teaching things like sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through third grade.
It sparked a lot of controversy all across the country.
What happened to the basics like math, reading, science, and history?
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, stood by the bill he signed into law. He said, “In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved.”
One of the biggest problems that people on one side of the debate see is that some aspects of the curriculum have been kept from parents.
Moms for Liberty co-founder Tina Descovich pointed to Equality for Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith saying,
“The policies in the state of Florida, and this is from her organization directly, from when I was on the school board. They have put procedures and policies in place in the state of Florida that not only don’t inform parents of these decisions being made about the safety of their children, they purposely deceive parents. This is very concerning to us, and this is one of the reasons that moms are so rallied behind this mission, they do not want to be deceived by teachers and school leaders.”
Descovich brought up how the national standards differ from the new rules in Florida.
“National sex education standards right now for K-3 say that gender ideology – those children need to know by 3rd grade that you can be a boy or a girl, neither or both. That is very concerning to our moms and to parents,” Tina Descovich said. “There is no reason that a kindergarten teacher need to teach that to 5-year-olds, that is something families should be discussing.”
A critic of the Parental Rights in Education law, Professor Jody Armour, characterizes the law as having a “chilling effect on the state’s teachers. She said it uses “vague and amorphous standards” making it difficult for teachers to know if they are “gonna run afoul of them, you just avoid those conversations altogether.”
I bet the members of Moms for Liberty think that’s the outcome they want with the law. Why would teachers need to discuss these topics with young children?
Armour feels that the public school system needs to educate children in this manner so that they become “citizens who are gonna go out and be flourishing and thrive in a democracy that’s multicultural.”
And that’s precisely when Dr. Phil jumped in with his reply.
“But the onus of that lies with the parents. They’re in control of the care and custody of their children, and my question to you is what makes you think you know better than a parent about what should happen to a child when they have a life-determining decision about whether they’re going to make a decision about gender or anything else? You have to call before you give them a Tylenol.”