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Parents Have a Right to Content Transparency to Combat Thought Policing

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Natick Public Schools should adopt an education transparency resolution so you know in advance what instructional materials your taxpayer dollars are funding.

Students are being socially engineered through a social justice framework

Throughout our school district, politically charged and often controversial (i.e., giving rise to public disagreement) content is permeating academic instruction, most specifically around concepts related to race and identity. In subjects such as health, L&L, and foreign language (among others), education is embedded with a “social justice” framework in ways that are dictating course material (such as this Natick High School Spanish course outline) and learning. While parents have expressed deep concern over partisan and indoctrinating materials in the classroom, they often lack meaningful awareness of certain divisive and harmful content awaiting their children at our schools.

A transparency resolution gives parents access to school curriculum and content in advance To address this problem and ensure parents are given the tools and resources to navigate their children’s public education, Parental Rights Natick proposes that Natick Public Schools establishes an environment of academic transparency by adopting an education transparency resolution.

Specifically, Natick Public Schools should promote and disclose online the instructional materials and curriculum used in K-12 schools, particularly content related to gender identity, sexual education, and critical race theory (i.e., “equity”). This information, including specific curriculum, course outlines, assigned reading, textbooks, and workbooks, should be easily accessible and readily available to parents at the start of the school year (e.g., why is sex-ed curriculum only available “upon request” and still not accessible to parents as of November 1?). Parents should not have to repeatedly ask NPS what their children are learning or know after the fact.

Natick Public Schools should want to be transparent with parents about what materials educators are using to teach their children; after all, it’s the parents’ taxpayer dollars that are used to purchase these materials for the schools, including harmful books like Call Me Max. This book teaches 7-year-olds that they could be neither a boy or a girl or a little bit of both, and when babies are born, sometimes parents make mistakes about their gender. If the district stands behind all of its curriculum and content, such as age-inappropriate gender identity books, it should be proudly promoting this information to parents in advance.

Transparency makes educators more accountable to parents for what your child is taught Parents also have a right to understand how the district’s strategic goal of ensuring “personalized education that follows each learner and embeds a social justice foundation throughout a student’s PK-12 experience” is showing up in curriculum at all levels of their children’s public education.

They also have a right to make sure that educators are following the district’s policies for teaching social and controversial issues in the classroom—avoiding bias and discussing all sides of an issue to support viewpoint diversity and critical thinking among students. These polices exist for a reason—mainly to avoid thought policing by education officials. To avoid indoctrinating students, gender identity should be discussed from all perspectives. And parents who want to exercise their constitutional right to direct the education and upbringing of their children should be allowed to opt their children out of reading books like Call Me Max.

An education transparency resolution transcends partisan battles over what should or shouldn’t be taught and upholds the district’s strategic plan around communication and engagement, which is to “establish communication procedures and philosophy that builds trust, transparency, and engagement with our community.”

Students flourish when schools respect parental rights and the district is transparent about what our schools are teaching, especially around age-inappropriate gender identity content.

Use our curriculum Report tool to share concerning examples of ideological school materials, political classroom displays, and misleading communications to help us educate families about what your taxpayer dollars are funding.

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