AURORA, Co. — A four-year-old girl in Colorado has been booted from preschool after her mother expressed concern over diversity teaching in the classroom that included books on homosexuality and gender identity.
R.B. Sinclair told the Denver Post this week that her daughter’s preschool teacher at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten had been reading books to the children on same-sex “couples” and about worms questioning their gender.
She said that her daughter came home one day and expressed concern that her father would no longer like girls.
Sinclair approached officials and requested that her daughter be able to opt out of the teaching, but was told that it was part of the diversity curriculum and that opting out wasn’t an option as the lessons were interspersed throughout the day.
Sinclair says her daughter is already exposed to diversity as the family is bi-racial and has been raised in both Muslim and western culture.
“I think at this age they don’t know what bias is. They could have kids from Mars and they would still play with each other,” Sinclair said. “It’s not that she isn’t exposed to diversity, because it is the world we live in. But how are they having these conversations?”
According to reports, the preschool sent a letter home to parents defending the books and also published a newsletter article that suggests ways parents can teach their children about diversity, including in regard to homosexuality.
“Dad, why do those kids have two moms?” the article reads in providing sample book text, to which the father replies, “Some families have a mom and a dad like you have, and some have two dads or two moms. Some kids have one parent, a mom or a dad. Families come together in many different ways for many different reasons that I don’t even know.”
But Sinclair said that two days after meeting with the principal to express her concerns, she was presented with a letter that said that her child is not a “good fit” for the school and that the letter represented her final day as a student.
“Biases start as kids get older and start to see differences as negative. At a young age, kids are exploring all different kinds of things,” Kim Bloemen, director of early childhood education for the Boulder Valley School District, told the Denver Post. “It’s about just providing them with all these experiences.”
All preschool teachers in the district have been trained to teach children about diversity.
As previously reported, last year, a lesbian public school teacher in Canada outlined at an educator’s conference how she convinces young children to accept homosexuality.
“I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start,” Pam Strong stated at the Accepting Schools Act Conference in Toronto.
Strong said began by reading the book “King and King” to the Kindergarten class, a publication about a prince who passes up all the princesses his mother presents as potential mates and instead “marries” the brother of a princess.
She told the story of one incident when she got to the part of the book where the two men have a “wedding” ceremony, a student began to object.
“They can’t do that!” the Kindergartner proclaimed. “They can’t get married. They’re two boys.”
Strong then replied, “Oh, yeah. Yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.”
When the student remarked that the book was just a story, she then began to tell the class that she herself is a homosexual.
“And I said, ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife,” Strong told the Kindergarteners.
“And off I go to the next classroom,” she explained.