Minnesota Fourth-Grader ‘Very Nervous and Uncomfortable’ When Told Not to Tell Parents About Equity Survey
“I got very confused and kind of nervous after a boy asked his mom after the teacher explained that we cannot tell our parents anything.”
Minnesota fourth-grader Hayley Yasger and her mother Kelsey told Fox & Friends about the equity survey forced on students.
The Sartell-St. Stephen School District hired the Equity Alliance Minnesota group “earlier this year for an $80,000 audit on ‘racial inequities.'”
Hayley explained: “So when I was in the survey I was taking a few questions and on the gender identification question I got very confused and kind of nervous after a boy asked his mom after the teacher explained that we cannot tell our parents anything. This made me very nervous and uncomfortable.”
Kelsey said the schools told them “that the equity audit was taking place,” but “were not informed on the date of the activity and not given other details due to the lack of transparency from the school distracted and from Equity Alliance of Minnesota.”
We were not informed of the questions on this survey. And when my daughter came forth and told me that they cannot skip any questions when you don’t understand them when students were asking questions and asking if they could ask their parents about it. I was upset and told not to repeat any of the questions to me or any other adult in her life.
I do want to say though I believe that this wasn’t a single case that her teacher made this decision. We had been informed that this came down from the administration and Equity Alliance of Minnesota instructed them to make sure the children did not share this information with their parents and that should pose a concern in any parents’ eyes.
Hayley’s experience went viral after a video showed her confronting the school board last week:
During distance learning, I was asked to complete the equity survey. My teacher said that I could not skip any questions when I didn’t understand. One question asked us what gender we identified with. I was very confused along with a lot of other classmates. A boy in my class asked my teacher if his mom could explain the question to him because even after the teacher explained he still didn’t understand. My teacher told him that he was not allowed to ask his mom and that we cannot repeat any of the questions. I want the school board to know how uncomfortable and nervous this made me. My mom always tells me I can tell her anything, but she also tells me I can trust my teachers, too. Being asked to hide this from my mom made me feel very uncomfortable. I felt I was doing something wrong.
Parents have concerns the schools are pushing Critical Race Theory (CRT). Those who defended the survey said it helps battle bullying. None of them mentioned CRT.
A man named Chris Yasgar, which I guess is Hayley’s father, also spoke at the meeting:
“Bullying is going unchecked because discipline isn’t there, since the audit is taking away money and time from mental health issues,” Chris Yasgar, who’s leading a group of parents opposing the audit, claimed in response. “CRT advocates pretend the debate is about teaching racism and slavery. It’s designed to do the opposite. I think it’s a sign of their position’s weakness that they keep returning to this line.”
Yasgar spoke at Monday’s meeting and said several teachers in the district support his cause but fear retaliation from school administrators.
“My first question for you tonight surrounds the topic of data requests. We have data requests that are now weeks old, weeks, that have gone unanswered,” Yasgar said, referring to his request for a copy of the survey students were required to complete.
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