Are you concerned about the curriculum changes in our schools?
Dear friends and neighbors, In the last couple of years, there has been a curriculum drift in many of our schools, influenced by national sentiment. Schools and teachers are taking the liberty to teach ideas and values which many parents do not approve of. Please click HERE to take a five-question survey on issues related to changes in school curriculum. Below are the concerns I am hearing from many constituents on this issue. 1. Aggressive gender activism / sex-ed in elementary and middle school: I have heard from many constituents that they disagree with the introduction of advanced gender and sex-ed units at younger ages. Early and too-explicit exposure to complex issues is a challenge for many parents. Most agree that these topics should be introduced later and with permission from parents. Some schools are making mandatory the use of pronouns which many parents find unnecessary at an early age. 2. Reframing of history in our classrooms: Many parents are concerned that our history is undergoing a reframing in the classroom. Similarly, ideas and readings in many language arts classes are changing. Classics are being phased out. Our classrooms increasingly teach of America as a flawed and failing power. Many families are disturbed by the argument that the entire American system is systemically racist. Parents believe that some of these new teachings lack perspective and proportion. The fact that we are a diverse and open society compared to any other place in the globe is not being taught. 3. Changes in Gifted/Talented and Advanced Placement Programs: There is a discussion about phasing out Gifted/Talented and AP programs because the composition of students in these programs do not reflect the diversity in our state. While, most parents agree there should be more diversity in these programs, they are not in favor of ending or defunding these programs because of that reason. 4. Political bias in schools towards socialism versus competitive market capitalism: It is a concern for many that educators use their classes to express their political preferences and affiliations. While K-12 schools seldom offer courses on economics, Marxism and socialist ideologies are being introduced by accentuating societal responsibility while shrinking individual responsibility. We need to discuss these concerns with civility and rigor. While our school curriculum should continue to evolve, the changes need to be thoughtful and with input from parents. There should be no curriculum drift because of political sentiment. I would appreciate it if you would take this five-question survey, by clicking HERE, to provide your input. Sincerely, Harry Arora State Representative