Oklahoma Education Secretary: Teachers who inject ‘sick material’ into schools should be kicked out of their profession
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Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters told Fox News Digital of a potential plan to revoke teaching certificates in cases where educators are found pushing ‘sick material’ into public school classrooms.
“At the end of the day, if you’re trying to impose an ideology on our kids, you don’t have the place to be a teacher,” Walters told Fox News Digital. “Being a teacher is about focusing on academics and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in life, not indoctrinating them to a woke ideology.”
“What I think we’re going to continue to pursue is that not only have we done it with critical race theory, but we have to do it with this overtly sexual material and say, ‘Look, if you’re going do that in the state, you’re not going to be a teacher. We’re going to take away your teaching certificate and you’re going to get another job.
Walters also said he saw no purpose in the US Department of Education and lambasted teachers’ unions for claiming that the push to get porn out of schools was akin to “banning books”.
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“It’s nonsense. So the position of a national teachers’ union is that we want to put pornography in front of young children, because if we don’t put pornography in front of first and second graders, it’s censorship. It’s outrageous,” Walters said. . “What’s this [the left] always do. They are trying to push the Conservatives back from a position of common sense. Here’s the reality: we need age-appropriate gear for our kids.”
Walters noticed books such as Gender Queer and Flamer, which were found in a Tulsa public school library. These books, which contain explicit images, have appeared in public schools across the country.
“They want to force overtly sexual material on younger kids so they’re more open to a woke ideology. It’s ridiculous. It’s sick,” he said. “We absolutely need to push back against these far-leftists who are injecting this diseased material into our schools.”
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“Flamer” is a graphic novel that contains sexual subject matter and imagery. The characters discuss erections, penis size, and the illustrations depict naked teenagers.
“Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe depicts sexual acts and contains discussion of masturbation.
“When we became aware of the two books with inappropriate images, we immediately asked the high schools that had them to remove them from their libraries,” the Tulsa School District spokesperson said Thursday.
“When you teach children that they are automatically sexual beings from an early age… you put children on the path to disaster, and we absolutely need to make sure that doesn’t happen in our schools,” Walters said. .
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The education secretary said the left, including the Biden administration, was trying to keep parents in the dark about the progressive curriculum in schools.
“The reality is that we need to provide transparency so parents can see and know what’s going on,” he said. “And that’s the other thing I’ve seen from the far left; if you keep the parents in the dark they can’t be that involved. They can’t hold you accountable because they don’t don’t even know.”
He continued, “So that’s a tactic of the Biden administration. You know, that’s why they targeted parents at school board meetings. They knew the more you take parents away from seeing what’s going on. in schools, the more powerful the bureaucrats have.”
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“Fortunately, in Oklahoma we are a conservative state,” he continued. “A lot of our teachers contact me and say, ‘I came here to teach math. I didn’t come here to talk about sex with third graders. I didn’t come here to talk about sex. identify themselves in second year.”
“So I’m very grateful that we have good conservative teachers in the state who reach out to me and alert me to these things and alert us to what some of these administrators are pushing,” he added.