School board meetings around the country have become ground zero for our most significant culture war skirmishes as parents, board members, teachers, and protesters engage in heated public disputes amid well-attended meetings over mask mandates, school closures, transgender pronoun policy, and teachings which include critical rate theory.
This week, a former Loudon County, Virginia school teacher went viral after she tearfully resigned before the school board telling them flatly that she refused to be a “cog in a machine” pushing political ideology on children and that she would no longer teach material that was at odds with her identity in Christ.
Conflicts over the Loudoun County School Board’s proposed policies which critics say would compel teachers to violate their personal conscience by requiring them to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns have made headlines.
Gym teacher Tanner Cross went viral — and was ultimately suspended before a judge ordered the school to reinstate him — after an impassioned speech before the board in which he warned against the implications of the bill.
Now, Laura Morris, a former fifth-grade teacher at Lucketts Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, has told the school board she is unwilling to go along with their controversial policies.
Choking back sobs, Morris told the board, “School board, I quit! I quit your politics. I quit your trainings and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents — the children. I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in this country to flood the private schools.”
The Daily Mail also reported that she criticized the adoption of critical race theory by the board.
“This summer I have struggled with the idea of returning to school, knowing that I’ll be working yet again with a school division that, despite its shiny tech and flashy salary, promotes political ideologies that do not square with who I am as a believer in Christ,” she explained.
She said she had been told in the midst of “so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and, quote, ‘This has to change.'”
“Clearly, you have made your point,” she told the board in her emotional speech. “You no longer value me or many other teachers you have employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.”
Lots of impassioned arguments tonight from both sides.
One of the most striking moments was this…
— Jess Arnold (@JessArnoldTV) August 11, 2021
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