ABCs, 123s, and Gender Identity

What will your child learn this fall in public school kindergarten?

Is your son or daughter starting kindergarten this year? What do you expect they’ll learn? ABCs? All about numbers? Or are you hoping for indoctrination in gender identity? If you live in the state of Washington, they will probably be taught the first two, but they will definitely learn the third.

This fall, 2017, Washington state public schools will begin teaching gender expression to kindergarteners under their new health education learning standards, where “sexual health” becomes a core idea of public K–12 education. In kindergarten students will be expected to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”

The state has even developed a glossary so the kids can double-check the differences between gender, gender expression, biological sex, and so on.

Nathan Olson, a communications manager for the statewide Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), said, “The standards [K-12] don’t define ‘gender spectrum.’ But self-identity is a key component.”

As the standards continue through the twelfth grade, the students eventually will be able to “Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation,” and “Evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.” Notice they don’t mention public school instruction as one of the methods of influencing children’s perception of those sexual matters.

The reporter from The Daily Caller asked whether a student who rejects the idea that “gender identity” is distinct from “biological sex” could end up failing a course on account of their beliefs. Olson replied that “we don’t exactly know what a school would do if a student failed to complete an assignment because he/she opposed the materials being taught.”

You can watch a short video of one parent’s response to these new health education learning standards.

This type of indoctrination is not limited to the state of Washington, however. Fairfax County, Virginia, is teaching our kids that there is no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.
What is being taught in your state? Does it matter to you? Although the report is that parents in Washington were furious when they learned of the new lessons plans, you may not be. I’d like to hear from you and learn whether you feel such instruction in public schools is a good thing or not.

Personally, I have to base my decision on God’s Word. He tells us in Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” I don’t see any ambiguousness there.