(Editor: www.thereportcard.org On the heels of same sex marriage, schools are now ramping up curricula to teach that one’s gender is a matter of personal choice. Only a scant few years ago, gender was broadly understood to be strictly biological. The Washington state Health Education Glossary now defines gender as “a social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.”
Is gender self-identity good for kids? Not according to the American Psychiatric Association the current APA Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) states that “people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with” are diagnosed with “gender dysphoria”–a mental disorder.
The American College of Pediatricians says:
“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”
In the St. Augustine Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, there is an exhibit of a man who believes he is a lizard. He is covered with tattoos of scales, had had his teeth sharpened, and considerable plastic surgery to create a reptilian appearance. Should schools now teach that it’s ok for kids to self identify as animals other than humans? This thing has gone quite far enough).
By Phillip Hodges
The Washington state’s Health Education Glossary defines terms associated with gender identity this way:
“Gender: A social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.
- Gender expression. The way someone outwardly expresses their gender.
- Gender identity. Someone’s inner sense of their gender.
- Gender roles. Social expectations about how people should act, think, or feel based on their assigned biological sex.”
While some aspects of sexual health aren’t taught K-12 (HIV prevention begins in fourth grade), one component of sexual health titled “Self-Identity” begins in kindergarten, where students will be expected to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”
By third grade, students will be expected to “Explain that gender roles can vary considerably” and “Understand [the] importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity,” as part of the “Self-Identity” component of sexual health.
This is hardly the first time the subject of gender identity is being taught to kids as young as five and six years of age, and it certainly won’t be the last.
A Minnesota K-12 charter school had decided to teach their kindergartners about “gender identity.” The decision stemmed from a student who attends the school who is a boy but likes to dress as a girl.
The Nova Classical Academy principal sent out an email to parents back in October that informed them that the school would be introducing issues to students in order to “support a student who is gender nonconforming,” a student later found to be a kindergartner. The email explained that kindergarten students “will listen to various books that celebrate differences and will be teaching children about the beauty of being themselves.”
One of the books that the kindergarten teacher would be reading to 5 and 6-year-old students is My Princess Boy, a book about a boy who likes to dress in girls’ clothing and do other “girly” things.