There used to be a common phrase teachers and parents would use when school-aged boys acted up: “Boys will be boys.” Recently, a North Carolina school district tried to erase that useful bit of pocket wisdom by teaching first graders that some boys should actually be girls.
Without first notifying parents, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system planned to read young students a picture book called “Jacob’s New Dress.” In the book, a schoolboy, Jacob, wants to wear a pink dress. Instead of teaching their son that dresses are for girls, Jacob’s parents decide to sacrifice their son’s mental health; they even make the boy a new dress and send him to school adorned in the garb of the opposite sex.
Should you have an interest in seeing how the book handled this topic, you can obtain a copy through Kindle for $5.99, though you can also watch this video for free:
As for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, a rebellious teacher tipped off the North Carolina Values Coalition, a pro-family group, which helped put an end to this madness. Now, the school district will be reading the first graders “Red: A Crayon’s Story” instead.
Children’s stories should have happy endings. From where I sit, this one now does.
This report, by Jack Kocsis, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.