Montessori schools differ from traditional educations based on their “emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.”
But at New Beginnings Montessori School in Bedford, Texas, that respect does not extend to the students’ families.
A lesbian couple tried to enroll their 3-year-old son Landry, and after a promising campus tour, received a phone call from the director saying, “We are not going be able to enroll Landry in our school because it’s against my religion, and we don’t live that way.”
Dawn and Tracy Kelly were shocked.
It’s yet another example of religion being used as a cure-all defense for discrimination, but because the school is private, it is within its legal rights to do so.
Local news organization WFAA contacted the director, Shamain Webster, who said the owner of the school doesn’t hold her beliefs and encourages the couple to reapply. Oh, and the owner happens to be Shamain’s father, which doesn’t inspire confidence in the quality of the head faculty to educate in the first place.
Dawn and Tracy said thanks, but no thanks.
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