by Jackie Homan
The controversial group GLSEN is calling on students nationwide to take a vow of silence at school on April 14, 2023, in order “to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ+ people in schools.” The theme of this year’s event is “Rising Up”.
The Day of Silence is sponsored by Ulta Beauty, the same organization that propped up Dylan Mulvaney, the transgender activist whose “Days of Girlhood” videos make a complete mockery of what it means to be a woman.
After taking a vow of silence during the school day, students are encouraged to “break the silence with a virtual rally or assembly to build momentum and show your commitment to making your school more LGBTQ-inclusive.”
The Student Guide starts off by stating that, “there is an unprecedented level of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and policy currently being weaponized against our community.” The guide further asserts that LGBTQ+ students face attacks on their “rights to access” affirming books, healthcare, and the “right” to be called the “right name and pronouns” at school.
Students are encouraged to either 1) take a vow of silence to “demonstrate the way that too many LGBTQ+ students are made to feel” or 2) take a vow of NO SILENCE and speak up in every space online and offline about LGBTQ+ student issues.
The Educator Guide calls for teachers to review their curriculum with GLSEN’s LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Guide and identify ways to be more inclusive. It calls on educators to teach students about the history of protesting, to order copies of LGBTQ History Cards to use in the classroom, to structure lessons so that students can participate in the Day of Silence through writing assignments or art making, for instance, and even to add a special “frame” to their social media profiles to show support.
Another suggestion is for teachers to have students read GLSEN’s Gender Triangle Education Guide which introduces the concept of “cis privilege” using the subtle language favored by critical race theorists. Or teach the Beyond the Binary lesson which is about “two spirit” identified people and the “systemic oppression” they face.
For those of you unfamiliar with GLSEN lesson plans, they often suggest using Social Emotional Learning as an opportunity to promote radical gender ideology concepts even to young children, such as the “gender identify flower” aimed at grades 3-5. This lesson plan features books on transgenderism and challenges young children to call out “gender stereotypes” when they see them… because it’s never too young to start promoting political activism in school, it seems.
Westport PS Staples High School will be celebrating the Day of Silence the following week, on April 17, 2023, by asking students to either be silent for an entire school day, or to wear a pin expressing their support.
Parents in Westport are frustrated about the focus on activism over academics in their district.”
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