There is a fear looming in the mist of the Alabama state school board. School board members, one in particular, Betty Peters states that transgendered values and homosexual content are bombarding newly implemented state Common Core curriculum and that an overhaul of the state curriculum is needed. Outraging many, this school board member is saying that the promotion of such topics in the curriculum are intended to influence thought and action, an agenda she is abhorred to. Her critique comes in addition to, her and other school board and state officials saying that Common Core is an overarching hand from the federal government to implement and promote their ideas for state curriculums; a way to nationalize standards. This sentiment is shared by officials of other states, where a few states have decided not to implement the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers college and career ready standards in literacy and mathematics.
Alabama adopted the Common Core curriculum in 2010 as an attempt to make sure its citizens are college and career prepared. However, this “nationalized” curriculum has state officials fearing it will override structured state standards, in addition to, specify the use of federal monies and create a nationalized set of standards, in addition, Ms. Peters asserting an embedded homosexualist propaganda within Common Core. During a recent meeting, Ms. Peters spoke against numerous issues concerning the matter. She asserted strongly that Common Core was an attack on southern states, and that there is a need to get back to the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and strong biblical Christian teachings. She was particularly critical of the Southern Poverty Law Center of incorporating sexuality and sexual orientation in state curriculum. “The Southern Poverty Law Center is going to be developing your children or grand child or neighbors’ children into little social activists for social justice, and they define it, transgender stuff,” says Ms. Peters. “This is part of teaching tolerance for transgenderism to four to eight year olds.”
This comes in light of recent movements to bring more equality for LGBTQ persons throughout the region. Because of an apparent lack of organized LGBTQ equality rights groups, the Human Rights Campaign or HRC launched last year their Project One America, an 8.5 million dollar multi-year campaign targeting the states of Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, for the promotion of LGBTQ equality. HRC president Chad Griffins says these three states unlike other states do not harbor a fully-resourced statewide LGBTQ equality group or statewide none discrimination equality protection laws, including a lack of equal protections laws in small cities, municipalities, and townships. Developments and changes will be followed and watched closely as persons make decisions concerning the curriculum.
By law, the educating of citizens is a state responsibility. Peters says Common Core is an intrusion of that right. However, equal rights for all people and citizens is what is right. Targeting state voted on and implemented curriculum out of fear of influential propaganda is not valid if the targeting does not promote fairness and equality for all human beings. Stating that influencing and promoting homosexual, LGBTQ, and transgender behavior is wrong, however, promoting Christian values and devaluing Muslim and other religious values in state curriculum, which is evident and can be found throughout, is the right thing to do, how is that right? Sounds like a double standard to me. According to Ms. Peters it is right nonetheless, however, many true equal right advocates for all people, no doubt, would say otherwise. A story that will have all of us looking at and analyzing school curriculum a little bit harder, and at what exactly is and should be allowed, and what should not be included in curriculum, advocates for equality should be at the vanguard of future debates supporting equal rights throughout the spectrum. From the household to the school ground, from the corporate office to the vacation getaway, there is not a rest ground during the support of equal rights.