March 28, 2017

School board pulls controversial 'Jacob's New Dress' book after outcry from concerned parents

StaffRebel Columnist

What is this world coming to?

An anti-bullying book about a boy who likes to wear women's clothing has been pulled by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system after complaints from family groups.

As Heat Street reports, “Jacob's New Dress is the story of a young boy who is bullied at school for wanting to dress like a girl before progressively gaining acceptance from his classmates. The story starts off with Jacob being singled out during a class where children are invited to put on different clothes and imagine themselves in different characters. Jacob decides to put on a dress and a crown and fiercely declares : “I’ll be the princess!””

The book was written by Ian Hoffman and his wife Sarah after their personal experiences when their four-year-old son would wear dresses while playing with dinosaurs.

The controversial story was meant to introduce kids of kindergarten age to the idea of gender fluidity. And it was chosen as part of the lesson plan for first graders at Charlotte Mecklenburg schools for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition (NCVC), said she was tipped off about the book by a teacher who complained parents were not told the book would be added to the curriculum.

“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,” she said.

Eventually, after a petition and protests, the book was pulled.

“The purpose of our elementary schools is to teach writing, reading and arithmetic, not to encourage boys to wear dresses…These lessons found in the book, Jacob’s New Dress…are not appropriate for any child whose parents support traditional family values,” a statement on the NCVC website reads.

Sarah Hoffman defended her book in a bizarre way, telling The Observer, “If a white kid reads a book about Martin Luther King Jr., will they become black? This book is about a little boy who wears a dress, something outside of traditional gender roles, much like the idea of a girl wearing pants was 100 years ago. It’s about following your heart.”

SOUND OFF in the comments: do you think this book has a place in schools?

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commented 2017-03-30 22:44:19 -0400
We send kids to school the learn to read, write, math etc. Children are obligated by law in most places to attend. For teachers to abuse their positions to indoctrinate child captives is a Breach of Trust, a chargeable offense in Canada!
commented 2017-03-30 07:26:21 -0400
Ward and June Clever would have had quite the dilemma figuring out how to handle The Beaver. Can you imagine Aunt Bee hemming a dress for Opie? Sure would have pushed the budget dressing up My Three Sons. Jim Anderson would have had problems with Bud but when he came back as Dr.Welby he could have prescribed the medications himself.
We need sound sensible people on school boards and we need to start firing school administrators and teachers that are poisoning our children’s minds.
commented 2017-03-29 13:13:31 -0400
Ian Hoffman and his wife Sarah:

It must be difficult for you to accept that your son wants to wear a dress. Children often role play at early age. Just because they wear a dress when playing at home does not mean that they identify as a girl or women

When I was 3 I used to play with my mothers old purses, but everyone just accepted the fact that I was a child and still learning the proper identity role of a male child.

I am very happy to say that my father and mother sat me down and explained to me why it was unacceptable to play with a purse and substituted it with am more suitable toy.

It is the responsibility of the schools & parent to take an active interest in their children and encourage them to learn the appropriate roles of male & female.

These books, while they may attempt to teach acceptance are nothing but tools used by the corrupt educational system to undermine the parents and confuse the children.

Parents must be vigilant in this creeping brainwashing philosophy.

Stop confusing and preying on our children!
commented 2017-03-29 09:40:19 -0400
Simply answer … should be “simple” answer
commented 2017-03-29 09:39:02 -0400
“Can someone tell me why its these idiots with their mentally sick ,screwed up ideas that seem to get their voices heard?”

Simply answer. Since the sixties slowly all levels of educational institutions as with all levels of governmental bureaucracy have been filled with socialists intent on indoctrinating the youth (the public) into a specific ideology. It was so gradual at first that not many noticed, now it is glaring. This is not just a nationwide movement but a global movement as can be attested to across Europe and North America.

The Lord’s Prayer was banned from the educational system, then the Anthem, then the introduction of the No Fail policy. Then systematic destruction of the basic tenets of education (reading, writing, arithmetic). The standard norm was replaced with modified and invented courses as to allow for their agenda. Each generation has churned out more deeply indoctrinated youth than the generation before. Eventually, if allowed to go full circle, there will be no need for educational institutions for their goal is to push mankind back into the Dark Ages before The Age of Reason.
commented 2017-03-29 08:17:36 -0400
Can someone tell me why its these idiots with their mentally sick ,screwed up ideas that seem to get their voices heard? Whereas normal , sane human beings that have clear understanding that if you have a vagina are meant to be female and if you were born with a fully functioning penis you were meant to be a male, rarely if ever have any public voice. They , the mentally sick Leftards ,are going to have our children so screwed up they won’t know if they are animal, vegetable or mineral.
commented 2017-03-28 19:11:01 -0400
The leftards can’t help themselves

The author is equating being black with being perverted , how stupid are these people ?
commented 2017-03-28 18:35:43 -0400
I wished we could do “thumbs Up” on other’s comments, I’d love to give ART VANDELAY a huge thumbs up on their comment.

The absurd statement by the author, “If a white kid reads a book about Martin Luther King Jr., will they become black?” has completely nothing to do with the issue, and I bet they know it. How about (because ALL the signs are this is coming to us next) “if a child reads a book about a friendly pedophile, (Because the LEFT are telling us this is also a sexual preference that you don’t make a choice, you just have that…) will than make him a child predator?” Who knows, best solution is NOT to read the child THAT book in the first place, IMHO.
commented 2017-03-28 16:53:56 -0400
Child Abuse Prevention Month. Next thing you know they will hand out free needles during Drug Abuse Prevention Month. Oh, wait a minute…
commented 2017-03-28 16:43:16 -0400
Looks like this book was slipped in under the radar without consulting the parent council.
commented 2017-03-28 16:01:25 -0400
I have nothing profound to say. I just think that promoting boys to wear dresses and at the same time our government promoting Islam and M-103 is like setting kids to be either used to Muslim dresses or to be eliminated because of the harsh lunacy of Islam towards TV’s and Gay people. Living in such controversial and dangerous times is hard enough without bringing even more confusing moments into the soup of idiocy.
commented 2017-03-28 15:25:38 -0400
I don’t think people should send their kids to the indoctrination centers anymore. Set-up community schools with no government involvement. I’ll bet the Nazi’s will show up to arrest the parents, and take their kids away, because they can’t allow anyone to escape their work farms in progress.
commented 2017-03-28 14:36:53 -0400
The next generation isn’t going to know their A from a H in the ground.
This is clear manipulation of young minds. Indoctrination from an aberrant minority. Failure to protect kids from this perversion of the norm is the same as child abuse. This is insanity and bad for society.
There have always been deviations, fine. That doesn’t mean it should be celebrated as normal. It is not normal, that is clearly a biological fact.
If we don’t have mentally, emotionally and physically strong men and women we will not have a healthy society. A sick and confused society is an easy take down, Consider it.
commented 2017-03-28 14:21:03 -0400
It’s crap like this that makes one think that moving towards Sharia misogyny may not be so bad. Sure, under Islam women are treated unequally, but at least they believe in two distinct genders. If I had to choose Islam or this SJW crap, I’d probably go with a non-gendered society, but begrudgingly.
The question we must ask ourselves: Do we want a society of men and women, or an androgynous one?
commented 2017-03-28 14:08:06 -0400
When ever you hear about some otherwise normal child or toddler declaring that he’s a girl, or she’s a boy, and then ponder the obvious question; How much of is this is the parent’s influence? Ponder no more. Here is the one and only Leah McLaren telling us (about one year ago) that she’s going to convert her young son, little by little she says, “into a proud princess whether he likes it or not.”