There have been many strong opinions regarding Florida's new Parental Rights in Education law. However, the White House Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg might have won the prize for the most outlandish one.
The new law, also sometimes referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, was discussed when Buttigieg appeared on ABC's The View. The show's co-host Anna Navaro asked:
"Your husband, Chasten [Buttigieg], is a teacher, and he's been a vocal critic of what's going on in my state of Florida with the so-called 'Don't Say Gay' law, which he says will kill kids. Do you agree?"
After Navarro explained to the audience how the new law could be seen as offensive to gays and LGBTQ people, Buttigieg answered her question.
"Yeah, he's right, and I think every law ought to be judged for the effect it's going to have on real people in real life."
So, what exactly is this law that has met public backlash and been criticized for being anti-gay?
The definition of the law pretty much says it all:
"Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students by state standards."
According to supporters of the legislation, the law is not against LGBTQ or gay people. It is simply against teaching children about things that are age-inappropriate for them. It is about giving the parents the right to decide when and how to introduce LGBTQ topics to their kids.
There is no need for teachers to instruct children under the age of 10 about sex, a subject they are too young to reflect upon.
In other words, the law should protect the children. As soon as they reach their teenage years, they will be surrounded and influenced by many different opinions about sex, identity, and sexual orientation. In the middle of this, they have to struggle to find their own way.
Why not protect the younger ones from this and let them be kids longer?
Looking at it from another perspective, it is impossible to keep children from not being exposed to stereotypes and sexual behaviors. Even in Disney's films, you can sometimes see stereotypical family values and gender views.
Social media is another world that influences kids every day, and not being able to have an open discussion with their classmates and teacher about some of the things they see there can be harmful.
But, is there a law that would protect the children and not hinder them in their development and curiosity?
This law wishes to prevent children from being influenced in an indoctrination way, and the Republican and Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis stated that he considers the bill reasonable:
"We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination."
What do you think?