The largest teachers union in America reportedly provided guidance to educators on incorporating gender identity politics into grade school curriculum.
— Daily Wire News (@DailyWireNews) August 22, 2023
According to a Defense of Freedom Institute publication released on Wednesday, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) instructed its members on infusing gender identity politics into the classroom. The report specifically focuses on the AFT’s conference called Together Educating America’s Children (TEACH) held in July.
Within the conference, there are two sessions that stand out which include the “Affirming LGBTQIA+ Identities in and out of the Classroom,” and “The TG NCNB (transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary) Inclusive School and Classroom.”
The report claims that these sessions gave attendees ideas and action steps for successful mass adoption. Additionally, the report found that the union encourages teachers to keep this training hidden from parents and enforce policies that compel conformity to these far-left ideologies.
The report further states that the American Federation of Teachers, alongside the National Education Association (NEA), the second-largest teachers union in the nation, is wholeheartedly dedicated to promoting progressive gender ideology within educational institutions. These two unions collectively represent nearly five million public school teachers across the United States.
Prior to the TEACH conference, the AFT adopted an LGBTQ resolution that endorses questionable policies for transgender students, including sharing restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity rather than their biological gender.
In response to Florida’s parental rights law, which restricts classroom discussions about orientation and gender identity for students up to third grade, the NEA called it “extremist” during its “Freedom to Learn” rally.
Angela Morabito, one of the authors of the report, emphasized that while most teachers entered the profession with a genuine interest in student learning, teachers unions appear to be at odds with these values by advancing policies that do not prioritize students and families well-being.
The inclusion of gender-focused adult content in school curricula and libraries has become a contentious issue among parents recently. Many parents have attended school board meetings to voice their concerns about the explicit materials available to their children through the public school system.
A March poll by Parents Defending Education found that about 74% of voters believe that schools should acquire parental consent before assisting a child in changing their gender identity, which includes adopting new pronouns. Similarly, roughly 75% of voters support laws mandating parental consent for such matters.