The Bullying Bill (HF 826) and It’s Perfectly Normal: What’s the Connection?

Governor Dayton’s Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Prevention of Bullying Task Force Report is the guide to understanding the meaning of the carefully crafted words in the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act (HF 826). This report includes language that opens the door to emotionally damaging, sexually explicit curriculum for all school-age children regarding human sexuality.

The Governor’s Prevention of Bullying Task Force Report reveals that their strategies include changing the “values, attitudes, and behaviors” of children by teaching them “the nature of human sexuality.” (Page 18)

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is the likely standard for what is deemed “developmentally appropriate programmatic instruction” (HF 826, line 7.8) for human sexuality. Curriculum and resources like It’s Perfectly Normal are highly recommended and promoted by SIECUS. The SIECUS guidelines have the stamp of approval from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education—the intended location for the proposed School Climate Center—a $1 million dollar new state agency.

Promoting and normalizing sexually diverse behaviors and lifestyles is the primary focus of bullying prevention and safe schools programs such as, AMAZE, Respect for All, and Welcoming Schools. For example, in the Welcoming Schools program (piloted in Minneapolis), students are continually observed, assessed and evaluated on the changes in their attitudes and beliefs regarding family structure and human sexuality with a form that states: “I used to think…but now I know.” In these programs young children are introduced to sexual diversity-themed stories that confuse children’s feelings and set up conflict in their minds over gender roles, parental authority, and their personal values and beliefs. [Read more...]

Bullying OP ED by Roger Chamberlain

This appeared in the Grand Forks Herald.

Roger Chamberlain: Proposal complicates teachers’ lives while failing to help students

I was bullied when I was in grade school and middle school.

I was tall, skinny and I wore glasses. For this, and other reasons, I was frequently harassed and intimidated.

While my methods of dealing with those issues were different than what we recommend these days, I do understand what it is like to be bullied, and I am committed to eliminating bullying to whatever extent possible. But we must be careful how we approach this, or we could end up making our problems worse. [Read more...]

Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Funds Nationwide Student “Character” Database

This is important information regarding the privacy concerns surrounding this issue. Read this article by Stephanie Simon.

School Database Loses Backers as Parents Balk Over Privacy

(Reuters) – A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away from the project amid protests from irate parents.

The database, funded mostly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is intended to track students from kindergarten through high school by storing myriad data points: test scores, learning disabilities, discipline records – even teacher assessments of a child’s character. The idea is that consolidated records make it easier for teachers to use software that mines data to identify academic weaknesses. Games, videos or lesson plans would then be precisely targeted to engage specific children or promote specific skills. [Read more...]