parents appeal decision upholding diversity in classrooms – how does your school measure up?

In Family Pride’s own backyard, two sets of Lexington, MA parents
are in the process of appealing a claim that public schools are
indoctrinating children by teaching about broader
social inclusion
” including LGBTQ families. They’re appealing
to the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge ruled:

Public schools are entitled to teach anything that is
reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become
engaged and productive citizens in our democracy. Diversity is a
hallmark of our nation. It is increasingly evident that diversity
includes differences in sexual orientation.

Dana Rudolph of Mombian responded:

Bravo. [The judge] then added that the couples could
always homeschool or send their children to private school, or ask
the school to excuse their children when same-sex families are
discussed in the classroom. They have no right, however, to dictate
what the school district teaches. True enough, and I hope the First
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finds no less when this case comes
before them.

We commend the Lexington, MA school system for stepping up and
fighting for a diverse school curriculum. But how does your
child’s school measure up?
There’s no better time than the
back to school season to check in with your school. Here’s a check

  • Talk to your principal to let them know your child is starting
  • Check for anti-harassment and bullying policies and procedures.
    If they don’t exist, help create them, and if they are not
    LGBTQ-inclusive help change them.
  • Make sure that all school forms are inclusive. Forms should
    read “Parent/Guardian” instead of “Mom/Dad”.
  • Find out who is on the school board and the PTA. Research their
    records regarding inclusiveness; be a presence; get involved.
  • Introduce your family to your child’s teacher.
  • Provide your teacher with the language your family uses – e.g.
    I’m “Mom,” Jill is “Momma,” or Jason has two dads.
  • Discuss planned curricula to ensure that it is inclusive and
  • Talk about potentially sticky situations like how you would
    like the teacher to handle Father’s or Mother’s Day and how to
    respond when other parents have questions about your family.
  • Offer age-appropriate books that include LGBTQ-headed
  • Organize a get-together with the parents/guardians of other
    children in your child’s classroom.
  • Be one of the parents who helps and supports your child’s
    groups, clubs and activities.

This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a good start. For more tips on
making schools safe and inclusive, download the Back to School Tool from Family Pride’s
publication collection. And, if you have any additional tips, leave
them in the comments below!