America’s largest teachers union “coached” teachers on how to expose students to gender identity in the curriculum, according to a new report published Wednesday by the conservative Defense of Freedom Institute.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) “coached its members on how to inject gender identity politics into classroom teaching,” said the report, which describes the ATF’s Together Educating America’s Children (TEACH) conference in July. Two of the sessions at the conference were titled “Affirming LGBTQIA+ Identities in and out of the Classroom” and “The TGNCNB [transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary] Inclusive School and Classroom,” the report said.
“Both session descriptions offered attendees ideas and action items to take back to their schools,” reads the report. “The unions’ mission is clear: train teachers to affirm every gender identity that conflicts with a student’s sex, ignore basic biological facts, hide the training from parents, and shape school policies to force others to do the same.”
The AFT along with the nation’s second largest union, the National Education Association (NEA), are both wholly committed to pushing radical gender ideology in schools, the report says. Together, the two unions represent nearly five million public school teachers across the country.
Just before the union’s July conference, the AFT also adopted an LGBT resolution that promotes “age-appropriate and inclusive policies” on trans-identifying students sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with the opposite sex.
The AFT’s resolution also commits the union to working with LGBT activist groups, one of which has a model policy advising school districts to use a student’s new pronouns without notifying parents.
Both unions have “vehemently” opposed legislation meant to protect students from sexually graphic content and gender ideology.
Meanwhile, the NEA called Florida’s parental rights law “extremist” at its “Freedom to Learn” rally during the union’s Representative Assembly.