“Virginia high court upholds reinstatement of Loudoun teacher who opposed transgender rules” (Web, Aug. 31) offers a sign of relief to all of us who work with youth, both in and outside our schools. Many such individuals have been threatened with termination or disciplinary action if they refused to comply with various new, politically correct social rules — even if they have done so for religious reasons.
Court involvement is necessary when social trends influence public policy and school boards that lack the expertise to address such issues. The ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court should give other states the legal tools they need to respond to organizations that are pressuring school boards with legal action for failure to comply with absurd new social requirements. The decision exposes the effort of groups to invade public-school systems and implement radical curricula most parents don’t want for their children.
Hopefully the court ruling will put a stop to this educational ideal of lying to children about their sexuality. It ought to encourage parents to do a better job of influencing their children instead of letting TV shows and music do the job for them.
Maybe school boards should have their authority reviewed and changed so they are better protected from groups attempting to influence the education of our youth.