Family Unit for Kindergarteners in Winnetka’s D36 Leaves Some Parents Questioning School Judgment
Parents in Winnetka’s Crow Island School were surprised after winter break to receive an email about an upcoming family unit in kindergarten using a majority of books featuring same-sex families. In fact, seven out of the nine books listed featured same-sex families. As parents asked questions about the unit, they discovered that the teachers had been reading these books to kindergarteners for the past 5-6 years, but hadn’t notified parents until this year. The books were chosen by the school’s Student Services, Equity, and Inclusion Director.
One of the books, Love Makes A Family, features two men (one with breasts) in bed together on the first page. Another book, called And Tango Makes Three, has been featured on the America Library Association’s “banned” book list multiple times. It features gay male penguins raising a penguin baby at the zoo.
While the school claims “inclusivity” justifies the curriculum, the material invites a conversation on the nature of sexual relations between adults that no child should be having in kindergarten, particularly outside the purview of their parents. There are also concerns that the overwhelming majority of books on this list feature only one type of family. Why the concentration on this one type of family with five-year olds? Furthermore, only Crow Island is reading these books while the other two elementary schools in the district are not. Thus far, the school district has not offered an explanation for this inconsistency across district schools.
After parent pushback, the school agreed to take two of the most objectionable books off the list, but that means Crow Island is still teaching a family unit to kindergartners based on five of seven books that feature same-sex families.
Protect the innocence of young children. Teach them to be kind and respectful of others. Leave the discussion of differences in sexual preferences to their parents. Respect the legal rights of parents by giving them a heads up to make decisions for their own families when it comes to sexual topics.