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***At the end of every year we revisit some of our most popular stories from the calendar year. This article shared a planned lesson by an elementary school counselor that would have featured a book called “Princess Boy” for the youngest students. It was originally published in March of 2022.***

It appears families in the Mount Vernon School District should be prepared to have their youngest children corrupted by the district. According to a newsletter, it appears a Washington Elementary counselor called Nicole Elliott will teach “guidance lessons” for Begindergarten, Kindergarten, first- and fourth-grade students.

Among the concerns is a book called “Princess Boy” by Cheryl Kilodavis. The lesson is on Compassion in Action – What is compassion and how do we show it?

The best way, apparently, is to use a book like this:

Lesson two for the Begindergarten and Kindergarten students will feature a book called Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. The topic is “being your true self!”


Lesson three will feature The Family Book by Todd Parr. The lesson is sharing our own families and celebrating the “many family structures.”

First-grade students will use a book called “Jacob’s New Dress” by Sarah and Ian Hoffman in a lesson focused on “kindness in school.”

First-grade students will explore “The Great Big Book of Families” by Mary Hoffman in lesson three. The lesson is to “celebrate” many family structures.

Fourth-grade students will study what a family is and explore what makes their families special. They’ll study “gender stereotypes.” They’ll also examine MBTI Personality checks.

The newsletter states the district is an opt-out district, meaning if parents don’t want their kids to sit through this stuff, they’ll have to opt their child out.

The Iowa Standard has contacted Elliott asking for the criteria used to select the books used for the lessons and what books were considered but didn’t make the list over these books.

We will publish an update when we hear back from Elliott.


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