The Parental Rights in Education Act that went into effect in Florida has far-reaching implications that should concern everyone (“Ron DeSantis’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Has Already Made Florida Schools Dystopian Hellscapes, vanityfair.com/news, Jul. 1). By banning any discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools, it overreaches.
I agree that what is taught about such subjects must be age appropriate. That’s why I have no problem with barring instruction in K-3. But by the time that students are in high school at the latest, such prohibition is counterproductive. They already know much more than we suppose because of images they’ve been exposed to on television. How do we teach tolerance if teachers can’t address such issues?
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