First on Fox: A Maryland school district that recently unveiled an LGBTQ-inclusive book list for elementary schools has refused to recommend several children’s books on the grounds that they violate “American values.” promote, Fox News Digital has learned.
Fox News Digital first reported Tuesday that books recommended by Maryland’s wealthiest school district, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), teach words like “intersex” and “drag queen” to children as young as 4. .
Records later provided to Fox News Digital by Bethany Mendel, editor of the Heroes of Liberty book series, show that MCPS recently declined to recommend three children’s non-fiction books called Heroes of Liberty. The anti-progressive literature favored by public schools was donated to the school district by Of Liberty Inc.
The New York-based company donated three children’s books about libertarian economist Thomas Sowell, Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coneybarrett and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton for use in MCPS libraries and recommended for grades 2-6. .
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According to records in the school district’s Database of Accountable Evaluations (DAE), MCPS declined to recommend the 2021 biography “Thomas Sowell: A Self-Made Man” on Sept. 30.
The MCPS assessment stated that a The “Weakness” of the Sowell Book It was that “the publisher has a stated mission to create books with the ‘American values that made this country great’.”
An MCPS evaluation conducted on September 30 also declined to recommend the 2021 biography “Amy Cooney Barrett: A Justice and a Mother.”
The MCPS assessment said two Connie Barrett’s book “Weaknesses” that “the publisher seems to have an agenda – to publish books about people with ‘American values'” and that “too much of his life is glossed over. The book is more than an informative biography.” It’s about the message.”
A third assessment by MCPS on Sept. 30 declined to recommend the 2022 biography “Alexander Hamilton: From Immigrant Boy to Father.”
According to the assessment, a “The Weakness” of Hamilton’s Book was that it “leaves out too much factual information about Hamilton’s life. The book is more about a message than an informative biography.”
The three Heroes of Liberty books were approved for “minor” use only. MCPS told Fox News Digital that schools can still request books for use in their libraries.
“They were reviewed and recommended as ‘marginal,’ which means schools may still receive these topics, however, there may be more objective topics on the specific topic,” the district said.
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Specifically, the MCPS assessment for fiction books “My Rainbow,” which teaches words like “transgender” and “cisgender,” and “The Prince and the Knight” which is about a gay romance between a prince and a knight, is “highly recommended” for kindergarten through third graders.
Further, “My Rainbow” has been named a “textbook” for classroom use.
“This text can be used during whole group time or small group time. [English language arts] block” Assessment of June 22 described
“In deep-blue Montgomery County, public schools will force elementary school kids to read books about gender and sexuality, but if a publisher prefers American values, they’re going to have to read the books,” Mandel told Fox News Digital. Donations will not be accepted.”
MCPS told Fox News Digital that Heroes of Liberty books have not been removed from libraries and that “several schools have received donations of one or more Liberty titles to add to their library collections. requested.”
When asked why promoting American values was seen as a “weakness,” MCPS responded: “Media professionals look for books that provide objective information on a variety of topics and that It is important to know whether a book is heavily influenced by a single point of view. The information is provided to guide any media specialist looking for books on a particular topic.”
“We want to reiterate MCPS’s policy for equity in content selection: ‘Instructional content selection reflects the aspirations, issues, and achievements of our global community of women, persons with disabilities, diverse, racial, ethnic, and people. done to. cultural backgrounds as well as individuals of diverse gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation,” the school district said.
Fox News Digital previously reported that an MCPS presentation to staff in August showed a list of LGBTQ+ books that will be provided to pre-K through fifth-grade classrooms this year, including “My Rainbow.” and “Prince and Knight.” The purpose of the LGBTQ-inclusive reading list is to “reduce the stigma and marginalization of sexual and gender nonconforming students,” the presentation explained.
One book that MCPS recommends for pre-kindergarten children is “Pride Puppy,” which teaches terms like “intersex,” “drag king,” “drag queen” and “Marsha P. Johnson,” the late drag queen. are performers.
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One book recommended by the school district for kindergarten students, ages 5 and 6, is the 2021 book “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,” about a wedding between two men.
First-graders were recommended to read “Intersectional Allies: We Make Room for Everyone,” which includes LGBTQ+ topics about being “non-binary” and deciding “which pronouns are best for you.” are.”
Fourth graders, ages 9 and 10, were advised to read “Love, Violet,” which tells the story of a young girl who falls in love with her female friend.
gave School District Assessment The book in June resulted in a “highly recommended” rating for classroom use, and has also been designated as a “textbook”.
MCPS’s presentation about LGBTQ books provided several examples of potential complaints from parents and community members and how MCPS staff should respond. MCPS previously insisted in a statement to Fox News Digital that LGBTQ readings are not mandatory and will not be scheduled for use until families are notified. However, the presentation included a guide on “answering caregiver/community questions” and included two example questions, “Why can’t I opt out of…” and “Can I opt out of my Can keep the child at home…” Nor, for example, do answers to these questions say that families can opt out.
In fact, if a parent asks why they can’t “opt out” of reading to their kids about topics like sexual health, MCPS staff are advised to explain that the readings are about “diversity.” I am, not according to anatomy. offer.
“Throughout Family Health and Life, we’re learning about science topics like biology, anatomy, puberty and reproduction,” As stated in the sample answer.. “In these picture books and discussions, students are learning about the diversity of identities that exist in the world and in our classroom; we’re not going into any scientific details. It’s the same when we talk about different races. are learning about, ethnicities and religions are other social identities that are commonly discussed in school. All children and their families deserve to know themselves and their families in our school. See representing positively in the community.”
If parents ask if they can keep their child home during LGBTQ readings, MCPS faculty are advised to explain that no effort will be made to persuade a child to hold certain beliefs.
“While there are no planned, overt lessons on gender and sexuality, students will see these identities embedded throughout,” the sample response states. “For students for whom some of these identities are new, questions and conversations can occur organically. The inclusive curriculum encourages students to empathize, express empathy, connect, and engage with diverse peers.” Supports the ability to collaborate with a group, and encourage respect for all. Accepting or understanding another student’s gender, identity or expression, or being asked to change their sexuality identity. How they feel about it.”
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MCPS previously told Fox News Digital that “these books are a way to implement policy and guidelines and have gone through a rigorous review process. All content in them is age and developmentally appropriate.” “
“MCPS is committed to ensuring that all students and their families see themselves in the curriculum to create an inclusive and welcoming learning environment,” the school district continued. “These books are not mandatory. These books are included in the approved list of supplemental materials schools will have access to in accordance with our goal of providing more comprehensive texts and resources in support of the curriculum standards. As is our standard practice, These are not materials. Intended for use until system-wide communications are sent to families.”