There is a thin line between educating and grooming youngsters. Unfortunately, an Oregon school district may overstepped the line when it allowed students to skip class to watch a woke show as part of its lesson about transgender people.
The Tigard-Tualatin School District covers a section of the Greater Portland metropolitan area’s academic needs. The Daily Wire recently exposed a contentious practice at Twality Middle School as part of its celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, which begins on Monday, November 14.
According to the news report, school officials permitted students to miss their final two class periods on Friday, November 18, in order to watch the first two episodes of the controversial television series “First Day.” The mini-series, which runs from 2020 to 2022, focuses on Hannah Bradford, a transgender boy who identifies as a girl, through her first year of high school. It also follows the protagonist’s awakening quest to discover how to live life as their true self.
🚨Oregon middle schoolers were allowed to skip class to watch transgender show. https://t.co/wE1xQOaSzK— Schools Unhinged (@SchoolsUnhinged) January 17, 2023
The Daily Wire got multiple PowerPoint slides documenting the watch party, with the promise of playing the rest of the series for students in the future.
On the brighter side (if there is one), parents were informed about the week-long transgender festival and allowed to opt their children out of the sessions. According to Traci Rose, the school district’s community relations director, students were required to produce a permission sheet from their parents in order to attend the viewing, which was contradicted by the PowerPoint presentation during the Friday afternoon event. They also needed one signed by their teachers stating they had finished all of their classwork.
The weeklong event schedule for 6th through 8th students, on the other hand, reflected a troubling trend within the Tigard-Tualatin School District. A guidance sheet outlining the district’s policy on “political and social expression,” for example, emphasizes the district’s attempts to “empower individuals of color” to “respect… culturally sensitive educational approaches… [and] the contributions of historically oppressed communities.”
The guidance also emphasizes the significance of adhering to the awakened values championed by the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as embracing “cultural competency.”
Twality Middle School has an overall rating of 82.97 out of 100 from US News and World Report. In math, 48% of its students scored below the “proficient level,” while 35% scored below the “proficient level” in reading.