Parents were stunned by a recent announcement by the Chicago Public School District (CPS), that there will no longer be separate washrooms for boys and girls in their schools.
Girls will now be forced to share their washrooms with boys.
The Daily Wire reported on an example of a sign installed on what was formerly a girls’ washroom:
- “Women’s +: This restroom has stalls. All who feel comfortable are welcome to use this restroom.”
On social media, parents were quick to point out the obvious:
- This is absolute madness.
- Wow, I guess nobody learned anything from the sexual assaults that took in place in Virginia because of similar policies. My child will never attend a school with such policies that endanger students.
- School restrooms are a prime location for harrassment and bullying. I am concerned for female students’ safety and self-esteem. Parents need to weigh in before this goes district wide! Why not designate 1-2 gender neutral restrooms/school while keeping the rest gender specific?
- What is CPS doing to accommodate girls who may not feel comfortable using the bathroom with a boy in the next stall?
Parents are looking for options
Not surprisingly, with public school boards initiating these type of policies, parents are looking at other options for educating their children.
One includes homeschooling, that became popular in 2020 because of the pandemic, and continues to grow in 2021.
AP cites data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which Breitbart News reported in early April , that found 11.1 percent of K-12 students in the nation are now homeschooling. That statistic represents a significant jump from the 5.4 percent who began homeschooling when schools closed throughout the country in the spring of 2020, and from the 3.3 percent who homeschooled prior to the pandemic.
Of particular note in the Census Bureau data is that homeschooling rates are surging among black families, in which the proportion of homeschooling increased from 3.3 percent in spring 2020 to 16.1 percent in fall 2020.