Children notice when topics are avoided and they will have questions
Then in the headlines: “Florida Law Bans Teaching Alphabet and Reading: DeSantis Fears: ‘Children Might Read About Gays.’ ”
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida may claim that this world does not include LGBTQ+ humans, but they will continue to exist. They will also continue to thrive and make positive contributions to their communities despite these pitiful efforts to censor their existence.
Children in kindergarten through grade three will learn about homosexuality whether or not educators are prohibited from providing direct instruction about LGBTQ+ people and identities. Children notice when topics are avoided, which leads them to ask more questions.
It is in the nature of children to attempt to form an understanding of the world we live in, and it is the duty of educators to guide that understanding, not suppress it.
Discussing these personal issues should be the domain of parents
Regarding “Fla. Lawmakers Agree to Sexual Orientation, Gender Literacy Bill” (Page A4, March 9): English, science and history. Any discussion about sexual orientation and gender should come from parents, not teachers. Sensitive and controversial topics, which can confuse and upset children, do not have to be discussed in class. Parents know their children best. It is up to them to discuss these personal issues with their children at their own discretion.
JoAnn Lee Frank