A Georgia middle school is facing criticism from a parent after a teacher reportedly quizzed a sixth grade class on the different gender identities.
Octavia Parks, the mother of 12-year-old girl at Lithonia Middle School, said her daughter informed her of the health class quiz when she came home from school in October, reports Fox 5 Atlanta.
The quiz, according to a picture obtained by the outlet, shows students were reportedly asked to fill in the blanks for statements like: “A person who is attracted to men is,” “A person who is attracted to men and women is” and “A person who identifies as a woman is.”
Parks said she immediately signed a consent form that would take her daughter out of the class.
“We’re talking about a sixth grader who still watches Nickelodeon. I’m not ready to explain what these words are nor what they mean,” Parks said, adding “Why are they teaching that in school? What does that have to do with life?”
The DeKalb County School District said the teacher had correctly followed an “abstinence-based” program that met the standards of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) Health Education Performance Standards in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. Parents are told about the curriculum and allowed to remove their children from the class if they want, the spokesperson added.
“Teaching about sexual orientation not only provides a necessary protection for students of different groups, but it can also better understanding, respect and nondiscrimination among all students. DCSD is committed to this education through its Board policies and belief that knowledge helps reduce bullying occurrences and assists students in making informed decisions,” a school spokesperson told TheDCNF.
A Virginia middle school recently came under fire after two teachers had students participate in a class exercise where they asked students to answer questions on whether trans people should serve in the military and whether the students supported abortion. The school district promptly apologized for the exercise, calling it “inappropriate.”
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