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The Trance of Trans Education

The Trance of Trans Education

Many Americans do seem in a trance these past few years, hypnotized by the politically correct into acceptance of transgender transitions among the very young.

Recently, my 12-year-old grandson came home from school and asked his mother, “Mom, what’s a trance?”

She paused before asking, “Do you mean trance or trans?”


“Well, a trance is when you fall under some sort of spell. Like when someone hypnotizes you.”

He looked a little stunned, then said indignantly, “That’s not what my friends said!”

I never heard exactly what his friends said, other than that a boy can become a girl. Apparently, the sexual agenda of our schools the last few years had passed right over this youngster’s head.

After my daughter reported this conversation to me, it struck me that several lessons might be drawn from my grandson’s encounter with the mess our society is making of sex.

First is his use of “trance.” That he confused the words trance and trans struck me as both hilariously funny and insightful. Many Americans do seem in a trance these past few years, hypnotized by the politically correct into acceptance of transgender transitions among the very young, the substitution of pronouns—like “them” or “they” for “he,” “she,” “him,” or “her,”—and the bending of all sexual traditions and taboos of the last three millennia.

Then there’s the issue of my grandson’s innocence. He’s an adolescent with one foot on the platform of childhood and one foot on the train that will carry him to adulthood. So who should be his primary guide on that journey: the state, or his parents? Should teachers and schools serve as the transmitters of sexual knowledge, or should we follow the time-honored custom of allowing parents to teach him the facts of life, leaving to the state traditional academic subjects, like math, English, and history?

To me, the answer seems clear as glass. In the classroom of life, which includes an understanding of sex, parents should be the primary educators of their children. Period.

We might ask, then, how our elementary and secondary schools have become so heavily involved in teaching not only the biological facts of life but also sex and gender theory to children under 18-years-old. Here again the answer to that question is apparent. Several decades ago, the state got its foot in the door of sex ed when we were told that public schools needed to teach birth control because of rising teenage pregnancies. Then along came AIDS, and we were told that schools must offer instruction in safe sex.

And today? Here we are, with many of our teachers indoctrinating students, some of them in elementary school, with amoral ideas about various sexual practices, choices, and lifestyles.

But pushback and common sense are now stepping up to confront this insanity.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, forbidding the teaching of sexual and gender identification to students in grades K-3. Falsely labeled the “don’t say gay” bill by its opponents, this attempt to preserve the innocence of children produced a firestorm of protest from the radical left, as Sister Toldjah (aka Stacey Matthews) tells us at Red State.

She then gives us Tulsi Gabbard’s take on this subject. Gabbard, a former member of Congress and a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, leans left on many political issues, ranging from health care to climate change. Yet she not only supports the Florida parental rights bill but has stated publicly, “I gotta tell you I was shocked to learn it only protects kids from kindergarten until third grade. Third grade? What about 12th grade or not at all? Government has no place in personal lives. Government has no place in our bedrooms. Parents are the ones responsible for raising their kids and instilling in them a moral foundation, not the government.”

Gabbard then reminded her audience, “The reality that we are facing in our country is our schools are failing. Nationally, 34 percent of students are below basic reading level in the fourth grade. 25 percent of high school graduates are functionally illiterate.” She expressed her confidence that if schools would focus on “educating our kids, teaching them the fundamentals … we would see our literacy rates improve and set our young people up for success to be thinking logically, to be thinking critically, and thinking for themselves. This is what our public schools should focus on.”

If politicians as different as DeSantis and Gabbard can agree that our schools need to stop indoctrinating our children about sex and gender, then parents of all political stripes can demand the same.

It’s time to end the trance.


Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick

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    April 22, 2022, 2:06 am

    Yes, yes, and also YES! Well said. Great essay. Thank you Mr. Minick! Ms. Gabbard is correct when she notes that governments have no place in the decisions and the guidance that parents provide their children. It’s non-negotiable. Come to think of it, government has no place in almost every aspect of our lives.

    We needn’t wonder why so many parents, especially young parents, fail to provide a moral compass to their children. To use your words, it is in fact clear as glass. The amoral indoctrination that so many parents, in fact all of us, have experienced or must endure is relentless. It’s nearly impossible to not be influenced, at least in some way.

    While we live in dark times, we can and do make a difference to our children, grandchildren and others we know. We must continue to guide and to lead by example. Both with our families and in our communities. If we remember where we came from, and what is important and why, we can turn the tide.

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      April 24, 2022, 4:43 pm

      Wow. Are you full of shit. You say that your grandson heard this from friends, and then blame the school as if they are teaching it. That’s the worst kind of sophistry and cynical writing, knowing that your right wing readers will lap it up without a second thought. And seriously, you don’t think a 12-year old should have sexual education? You don’t think they are bombarded with all sorts of sexual info online and everywhere else, no to mention their raging hormones, that they need guidance about? I imagine you want it to be 1950 again, or probably 1850, but it’s not.

      Last, this is not a parental choice issue which is just code for homophobia, transphobia, and blatant discrimination and hatred, not to mention the GOP’s usual culture wars and fearmongering as opposed to actual governing. No one is taking away a parent’s choice of what to teach kids at home. This is about a rounded education for everyone, which should be left to trained, professional educators, not parents with an agenda to impose their own backward ideas on everyone else.

      You want to live in a thought-controlled theocracy? Move to Iran or Russia.

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        April 25, 2022, 2:28 pm

        Every male feels trapped in a woman’s body, but then we are born

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        April 25, 2022, 4:16 pm

        Wow! You have my pity.


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