Published On: Tue, Jun 7th, 2016

Washington state to begin teaching gender as a ‘social construct’ in kindergarten with ‘many ways to express gender’

Elementary students will be taught transgender theory, the notion that gender is a “social construct” rather than a biological reality, beginning in kindergarten, under new educational standards adopted by Washington state. The “Sexual Health” instructions for these youngsters is subtitled: “Understand there are many ways to express gender” and by grade 1 “Explain that there are many ways to express gender.”

By fifth grade, teachers will “promote” solutions to combat attitudes the state sees as lacking “respect” for homosexuals and transgender people. They will also be asked to “Identify trusted adults to ask questions about gender identity and sexual orientation. ”

The standards, adopted in March, will go into effect at the beginning of the 2017 school year.

The Genderqueer Pride flag photo Marilyn Roxie

The Genderqueer Pride flag photo Marilyn Roxie

Fast forward to middle school and seventh graders will be expected to “Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation” and then in grade 8 condom use comes into play: “List steps to using a condom correctly.”

The guidelines appear to open young people up to the influence of numerous sources outside, and possibly conflicting with, the values of their parents. The curriculum states that teachers will “define sexual orientation” for students in the fourth grade.

The guidelines define “gender” as “a social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.” Confusingly, elsewhere they define the term as synonymous with “biological sex.”

“Sexual orientation” is defined as “the nature of an individual’s physical, romantic, emotional, or spiritual attraction to another person.”

“Parents should be concerned about whether these standards are age-appropriate, as well as whether the manner in which these topics will be taught may undermine the values held by their family,” the Family Policy Institute of Washington said in a statement. “It is frightening to think that students who hold traditional beliefs about gender and sexual identity may have to choose between accepting politically correct talking points or failing assignments and being ostracized by school administrators.”

Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, told LifeSiteNews, “By and large, this is not something that kindergartners are walking around wondering about themselves,” and questions they do have should be answered by parents.

Ironically, the curriculum will also teach students to recognize medically accurate terms for body parts and that “boys and girls have some body parts that are the same and some that are different.”  Backholm called the disparity between the scientific and ideological components of the cirriculum “cognitive dissonance.”


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