Florida kindergarten teacher Cody Bernaert lamented on MSNBC that he may no longer be able to talk about his "husband" and personal life with his five-year-old students after DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill on Monday.
Professionally it truly makes me feel as if I am not trusted as a professional. I know my kindergarten standards through and through and nowhere does it have anything about teaching orientation or sexual identity.
So for them to say that that's happening that's kind of crazy.
So, the bill bans something that you, as a teacher, say isn't even happening.
Then why the heck do you oppose the bill?
If you aren't teaching about sex, why are you up in arms about a bill banning you from teaching about sex?
The reporter won't ask this question of course.
Bernaert goes on:
We should be able to have discussions. That's what we're encouraged to do in kindergarten.
Yes, have discussions. That's fine. Go ahead and talk about what you did that weekend. Just keep out the talks on sex and gender.
And then personally, because - my kids do have questions. They wanna know who my partner is and pictures outside of my classroom and I should be able to speak to that.
As a teacher, you are in the classroom to teach kids, not to tell them about your personal life.
But the bill doesn't prevent this dude from saying he went to Disneyland with his partner. It doesn't even keep him from talking generically about his partner if he has some super inquisitive student that asks.
But it does keep him from talking about modern gender theory, transgenderism, and the various flavors of sexual licentiousness under the LGBT rainbow, just like it would prevent an adulterous straight dude from talking about all the women he hooked up with over the weekend.
When the MSNBC anchor talks about how HER kids know ALL about the lives of their teachers, Bernaert continues the thought.
Absolutely. You are 100% correct.
That's what we do as educators, we build relationships with our kids.
And in order to build relationships you talk about your home life, you talk about what you did on the weekends. That's building community.
Again, you can talk about going to the movies or the beach, dude. You just can't break out your rainbow flag and start educating the kids on queer theory.
It scares me to death that I'm not going to be able to have these conversations with my children, because they're gonna ask me what I did on the weekend, I don't wanna have to hide that my partner and I went paddle boarding this weekend.
These are not your kids Mr. Bernaerdt. They may be your students, but the kids in no way belong to you or the school or the community.
Kids belong to parents. That's why the bill was called the Parental Rights in Education bill.
What MSNBC is trying to do here is make it seem like the bill is demonizing friendly teachers who just want to be able to share about their weekends with their students.
But that has nothing to do with the bill (and MSNBC knows it).
Man are they fighting hard to legalize child grooming!
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