Board of Education Resolutions 

Author:  R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D    

As I have mentioned in prior articles, the local Boards of Education are the only elected body that we have direct influence over when it comes to our county public school systems. The State Board of Education is made up of appointed members. It is incumbent on us to make sure that the local Boards of Education members know how we want the schools to operate. We can let them know by attending the Board meetings, contacting individual board members, or by formal resolutions directing them to take specific actions.  An example of the latter is the four resolutions that will be presented to the Craven County Board of Election on Thursday November 16 at their public meeting.    

The four resolutions consist of the following:  Resolution #1:   Removing identity focus (i.e. Critical Race Theory) from the curriculum in the schools in all grades. Removing all books, etc., that advocate CRT.  American is not a racist country and should not be portrayed as such. People should be judged by the content of their character and achievement and not their ethnic/racial identity.  Resolution #2:  Removing Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) teaching and practices from the schools. DEI is based on Marxist principles that advocate equal outcome instead of the American principle of equal opportunity. This teaching not only breeds distrust and hostility between the races, but undermines the notion that everyone should strive to achieve their best and should be rewarded appropriately.  Resolution #3:  Removing transgender instruction. The notion that any student can choose their gender rather than live consistent with their gender at birth is destructive and amounts to child abuse.  All children should be addressed by the pronoun consistent with their biological gender at birth and any child exhibiting gender confusion should be referred to their parent(s)–not to school counselors.  Resoution #4:   Climate Change. Children in public school are being indoctrinated with the unproven belief that climate change is being caused by man’s burning of fossil fuels and that the earth will become uninhabitable if drastic action like wind and solar are not implemented. This has become the ideology of the Left and anyone challenging their radical beliefs is labeled a “climate denier”.  This resolution would require that both sides of this issue be covered as part of regular science classes and not used as indoctrination. The climate has never been static and has always been changing. They are frightening our children with their unproven ideology. 

Most clear thinking conservatives will agree that the above issues need to be removed from the public schools. They represent a communist inspired threat to our way of life and American values. The public schools should be focusing on doing a better job teaching traditional academic skills.  For example, the recent report about the Craven County Schools showed that 57% of students are not reading at expected grade level and a whopping 65% are not achieving at the expected grade levels in math. Meanwhile, it is costing the  taxpayers close to $12,000 per year per student. It is high time that the Board of Education force the school administration to focus on improving academic performance and stop indoctrinating our children.  If you agree you should let your Board member know. It should be noted that these four resolutions were drafted by the Craven County 20th Republican Precinct, and endorsed by the Craven County GOP Executive Committee and the Craven County Republican Men’s Club.     

An Informative Article From A Guest Writer

The following article is written by Alan Harrop. Alan was born in New York City raised on Long Island.  He has a BA from the State University of New York @Stony Brook, and a MA and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from N.C. State University. Alan spent four years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He taught at East Carolina University, and was Chief Psychologist and Mental Health Services for the N.C. Department of Correction. He also spent several years in private practice.

Transgender Instruction = Child Abuse

Written by R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D

The incorporation of transgender instructional material in the schools of this country is a relatively new phenomenon that has nothing to do with traditional academic subjects. As such, it deserves careful examination.

The first question to ask is why and by whom? The Left is noted for introducing issues that are contrary to traditional Western values Transgender instruction threatens the foundation of the traditional family which is the basis for Western civilization and substitutes the values of the state. Those advocating this instruction are either those who want to normalize previously defined abnormal behavior or weaken the authority of parents over their children.

Prior to 2012, the incidence of gender dysphoria (dissatisfaction with one’s biological sex) was about .01% of children. Usually young boys. Seventy percent (70%) of these cases resolved themselves without professional intervention. The effort at that time was to help the child accept their biological sex. Since that time, the number of cases of gender dysphoria has increased by over 1,000% in the U.S. and over 4,000% in the United Kingdom and the vast majority of cases is with teenage girls. Since there is no biological, hormonal, or genetic basis for this change it appears to be due to socialization. This typically occurs in groups manifesting social contagion not individual motivation. Parents may not be informed.

The usual progress is a girl, age 11-13, usually pre-puberty learns about gender being a choice rather than determined at birth. Visiting social media sites, encouragement by friends and accepted by school officials furthers the process. Usually these are girls who are not well socially adjusted, have doubts about their physical attractiveness and are from unstable families. They may be referred by the school to counselors who encourage gender exploration. This may lead to the prescribing of puberty delaying drugs (Lupron) and subsequently to taking hormones that produce secondary sex characteristics. Removal of breasts may occur as the process continues.

Attempting to change to another sex is fraught will difficulties. Hormones prevent normal genital development which is usually permanent. Incidence of depression, anxiety , and self-mutilation is higher for transgenders as is the 20 fold increased incidence of suicide. Not able to lead a normal life they do not have families, raise children or have normal spousal relationships. A teen is not capable of making a decision of this magnitude and in most cases would not even consider it without exposure to school based transgender instruction as well as internet sources.

How to stop this? Parents should be fully informed and required to opt in to any such instruction not just opt out. Better still, state legislatures should pass laws (as in Florida) banning the teaching of transgender material in the public schools.