One state has just added new material to the curriculum, in all public schools across the state. Children as young as five years old will soon be taught about the concept of gender identity in their kindergarten class, and parents will not even be notified, according to a report just released by the Family Policy institute.
A brand new health and physical education standards manual, released by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), will be implemented in schools across the state for the 2017-2018 school year.
A Washington state school official said that if a student rejects the idea that “gender identity” is different than “biological sex”, it would be up to each local school as to whether they would end up failing the course based upon their own beliefs.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students will be taught about the many ways to express gender. Gender expression education will include information about the manifestations of traits that are typically associated with one gender. Crossdressing is one form of gender expression.
Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity. These children will be taught that they can choose their own gender.
Fourth graders will be expected to “define sexual orientation,” which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; they’ll also be taught about HIV prevention. Children in fourth grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation.
Fourth and fifth graders will learn about the relativity of gender roles and why such roles are social constructs that are not inherent to who we are as male or female human beings.
Seventh graders will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”
High school students will critically “evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.”
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