Kids graduate high school without being able to do math, but that's ok. At least they're studying sexual orientations, and that's what public education is all about.
DeKalb County Georgia's Lithonia Middle School gave their sixth graders a pretty interesting assignment in health class recently. They were assigned a quiz wherein they were given the definition of 10 "sexual identities" and had to provide which identity (gay, bisexual, lesbian, etc.) fit that definition.
Octavia Parks, the mother of a 12 year-old at the school, was horrified, as Fox News reported:
"Why are they teaching that in school?” Parks said. “What does that have to do with life?" She felt that her 12-year old didn't need to be learning these terms at her age. "We're talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon,” Parks said. “I'm not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean." Parks plans to escalate the issue. "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." In the meantime, she has removed her child from health class.
Meanwhile, the school district is questioning if it even happened. “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." The teacher assured Parks that it would not be part of the curriculum. "We had a brief conversation and she assured me that this sort of thing would not happen.” Parks said. “Nonetheless, it is happening."
As for me, I can't even think of ten sexual identities. That's probably because when I was in sixth grade, they were still teaching kids how to do basic algebra. But progress.