by Jack Minor
At a time when the government says 82 percent of all public schools are failing, a California elementary school has found time to teach students that there are more than two genders of people.
The Redwood Heights Elementary school taught students that humans have multiple genders besides male and female, using examples from nature such as asexual geckos and fish that change gender.
The lesson which was given to 4th and 5th graders at the school, used handouts provided by Gender Spectrum. The organizations states on its web site that their goals are to teach students “how society currently defines gender and how these restrictive definitions can be detrimental” and helps “remove the obstacles so all are free to be their authentic selves.”
One of the handouts titled “Discussing Gender” suggests that teachers “introduce the notion of ‘boy, girl, both, or neither’ as a regular way to talk to people.”
Gender Spectrum also advises advocating for gender neutral bathrooms, which would enable boys to use the girls restroom and vice versa. They state that having gender neutral bathrooms is a matter of life and death for those who are not sure what gender they are.
Kevin Snider, an attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute told the Gazette the idea of a boy being able to choose to enter a girl’s locker room on a whim is foolish “If the entire boy’s varsity baseball team were to demand to use the women’s locker rooms saying they self-identify as girls, this would go away overnight.” Snider noted that by saying gender expression is not tied to physical characteristics there is nothing that would prevent abusing the policy.
Colorado has similar policies towards men using women’s restrooms. SB200 signed by former governor Bill Ritter defines sexual orientation as “a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender status, or another person’s perception thereof.”
The bill states it is “unlawful” to deny the use of a “place of public accommodation” to a person based on the definition of sexual orientation. “Public accommodation” according to the bill includes women’s locker and dressing rooms.
Another suggestion says to “ask adults around you what, if any, pronoun they would like you to use.” It goes on to say “Try asking that of everyone you know”.
In a handout for parents, the organization advocates teaching children about transgender issues in pre-school saying “children have a strong sense of their own gender identity by three or four years old” and that “no child is to young to grasp the natural fluidity of gender.” Children are also taught that “gender is not inherently nor solely connected to one’s physical anatomy.”
Principal Sara Stone defended the lessons as being necessary to prevent bullying, saying “If we don’t have a safe, nurturing environment, it’s going to be hard to learn.”
The reasoning for the training, according to the school district, was to prevent bullying. Snider disputes that saying, “If you look at the training there is nothing about anti-bullying in it.” He went on to say “we do not believe a child should be bullied for any reason, but we don’t see the connection between saying there is more than one gender and bullying.”
“I am afraid teaching kindergarten and other elementary school children this could become the new normal in California.” Snider continued “This is nothing but indoctrination. They brought it in because they could, not because it is required.”