Nova Classical Academy is a charter school in St. Paul Minnesota that emphasizes classical studies and academic rigor. It was renowned for the quality of its academic programs, and well-regarded by parents and students alike.
Then, two parents moved in; the husband a doctoral a PhD candidate in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on “the creation and implementation of gender inclusive policies and practices in K–12 public schools.” And… by amazing coincidence… the daddy who intends to make a career in the expanding field of Transgender Diversity… had a transgender five-year-old sondaughter. (And the mother knew their child was transgender because, despite being biologically male, he enjoys dancing and lip-synching to Beyoncé. Absolute proof-positive of transgenderism among five-year olds).
The school was eager to accommodate them, and they were eager to be accommodated.
In January 2016, Nova’s board of directors approved a comprehensive, interim “gender inclusion” policy. The policy later became permanent. Under the new policy, a student can choose his or her own gender without medical approval. The school must work with transgender students to “create a tailored gender transition plan.” Students are entitled to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and overnight-trip sleeping facilities of the opposite sex. They also have a right to demand that others address them using their “preferred name” and pronouns. After the policy’s adoption, a committee recommended converting some school bathrooms to “gender neutral” status, while retaining others as “gender binary . . . (traditionally known as Boys/Girls bathroom).”
However, in the opinion of the “transgender” five-year-old parents, they were not quite accommodated enough, and so lawyers and the media got involved. The parents got to bask in the glow of media and social approval, while those who questioned whether changing the curriculum and culture of a school to accommodate a single (dubiously) transgender five-year-old was a good idea were attacked as deplorables.
And at the end of it… another progressive left success story.
Before October 14, 2015, the school was a thriving educational institution where families of widely differing beliefs coexisted happily in a common enterprise. Now bitterness and distrust are rampant. Friendships have been destroyed, and a significant number of families have left the school, which lost ninety-four students from last year to this year.
Like I said, a progressive success story.