Without notifying parents, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system in North Carolina planned to read young students a picture book called “Jacob’s New Dress.” In the book, a schoolboy, Jacob, wants to wear a pink dress. Instead of teaching their son that dresses are for girls, Jacob’s parents decide to sacrifice their son’s mental health; they even make the boy a new dress and send him to school adorned in the garb of the opposite sex.
The book came under fire from the North Carolina Values Coalition, a conservative group that promotes “pro-family positions,” according to its website.
Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of the coalition, said that no notice was given to parents about the book and that it was sprung on teachers only days before it was supposed to be used.
“I read the book online,” she said. “It’s clearly geared to young children. The book is meant as a tool of indoctrination to normalize transgender behavior. I think a lot of parents would object to that.”
She said a teacher tipped off the coalition, which emailed its members, issued a news release and was organizing a petition when the school system reversed course.
“We believe the purpose of first grade is to teach writing, reading and math and not to teach boys to wear dresses,” she said.
Ian and Sarah Hoffman, the authors of “Jacob’s New Dress,” wrote in the book that when their son Sam was in preschool “he had long hair, wore dresses, and loved the color pink.” He also liked “traditional ‘boy’ things like knights, castles and dinosaurs,” they wrote, adding that he was “gender nonconforming; we liked to call him a pink boy — the male equivalent of a tomboy.”