A North Carolina school teacher was upset when she was told her school was mandating something she was sure many parents would be upset about, too: Make first graders listen to a children’s book about a boy praised for wanting to be like a girl.
The book, “Jacob’s New Dress,” tells the story of a boy who wants to be a princess and has supportive parents who even make him a dress, which he wears to school, according to the New York Times.
“Well, it’s not what I would wear,” Jacob’s father in the book says, “but you look great.”
Parents of the first graders in that school were not informed about the book.
After the teacher tipped off the North Carolina Values Coalition, executive director Tami Fitzgerald read the book and explained, “It’s clearly geared to young children. The book is meant as a tool of indoctrination to normalize transgender behavior. I think a lot of parents would object to that.”
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ superintendent Ann Clark explained that the book was appropriate for first graders, especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month, because Jacob has to deal with the backlash from classmates confused by him dressing like a girl.
But under pressure from critics, the school system chose “Red: A Crayon’s Story” instead, which is about a blue crayon with a red label and more subtly teaches kids it’s OK to be who they think they are on the inside rather than what they appear to be on the outside.
The co-author of “Jacob’s New Dress,” who had his book pulled out of a kindergarten class in Pennsylvania in 2015, insists he’s not trying to indoctrinate young kids.
Yet after this new incident, Ian Hoffman expressed, “What the North Carolina backlash tells us is that our book is needed. Our hope, when we wrote this book, was that some day it would be considered quaint. We imagined future generations saying, ‘What was the fuss about?’ Clearly, there’s more work to do.”
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