- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Parents in Delaware, apparently tired of the ridiculousness, took on education bureaucrats and told them, in no uncertain terms — and on the wings of 8,000-plus signed petitions — that a rule allowing kids in grades K-12 to self-identify their sexes without parental permission or even notification, did not meet with their approval.

And in a kudos-worthy moment, the parents won.

This is how the system works when it’s working correctly — the parents tell the schools what they want, and the schools abide.

A dysfunctional education system is one in which the schools, also known as The Government, think they know better than parents how to raise the youth, and therefore, demand the caretakers coalesce and cater to whatever whims and regulations that meet their Ivy League-like approval.

Well, the wheels were spinning down the proper paths in Delaware.

When it came to Regulation 225, the so-dubbed “anti-discrimination” rule — the one that said “all students enrolled in a Delaware public school may self-identify gender or race,” with or without mom or dad’s permission — the parents won.

Delaware Family Policy Council took up a petition drive to oppose the policy. And get this: They actually won.

“Students [under this policy] may claim or ‘self-identify’ as the opposite gender at any time and have access to the locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight accommodations and any school activity (sports team) that is gender specific,” the group put out, in a statement reported by Breitbart.

The LGBTQ crowd is crying discrimination, of course.

“Kids deserve to be safe in our schools and without the fear of being bullied because of who they are or what they wear,” said Rep. Debra Heffernan, a Democrat who supported the rule back in November, Breitbart reported. “The Department of Education crafted this anti-discrimination policy at Gov. Carney’s direction so that students can learn in an inclusive environment where they can feel safe and respected. That inclusive environment is essential for all children to learn and grow.”

But that’s the classic LGBTQ lie. How is it safe to have boys, just minutes before gym class, decide they want to self-identify as girls, and therefore have open access to the female dressing rooms?

No sane parent would want their child to suffer such a scenario — or swallow such a fear — during the course of a given school day. Opposing an open door, genderless-free society isn’t a call to bully those who suffer a gender-related mental disorder. It’s simply saying hey, there is a thing called gender, and it happens to be determined by God, not pinhead bureaucrats and their special agenda cohorts.

The fact that parents held fast on this one is impressive. It’s not easy to take on the LGBTQ crowd and their leftist political cohorts and win.

As one Republican serving in the Delaware General Assembly put it: :[The rule] opens Pandora’s Box. It has the potential to twist schools up in knots.”

That may be the intent of the LGBTQ and progressive-leftist activists — to tear down traditional society and upset the established family order. But in Delaware, for now at least, the campaign failed. Parents’ Power won. Sanity prevailed. The state’s an example of how others can similarly mobilize and halt the radical LGBTQ agenda that’s still sweeping the nation.


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