From Education Week online: “California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to LGBT teenagers for navigating relationships and having safe sex. LGBT advocates praised the new recommendations for giving attention to a community that is often left out of sex education policies. But some parents and conservative groups assailed the more than 700-page document as an assault on parental rights, arguing it exposes children to ideas about sexuality and gender that should be taught at home. That last should be taken for granted, but instead, childrens’ innocence and minds are being hijacked by the LGBTQ agenda, more poisonous than spitting cobra.
“The guidance approved Wednesday by the California State Board of Education does not require educators to teach anything. It is designed as a guide for teachers to meet state standards on health education, such as nutrition, physical activity and combating alcohol and drug abuse. But it’s the parts about sex that got the most attention during a public hearing on Wednesday. The framework tells teachers that students in kindergarten can identify as transgender and offers tips for how to talk about that, adding ‘the goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist.’ I wonder how many of those 700 pages are devoted to those “other expressions”. Are these 4 or 5 year old kids also being taught that 1+1=infinity?
“It gives tips for discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers, including telling them it is not physically harmful, and for discussing puberty with transgender teens that creates “an environment that is inclusive and challenges binary concepts about gender.” Much of the pushback focused not on the framework, but on the books it recommends students read. An earlier draft of the document suggested high schoolers read the book: ‘S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties.’ It includes descriptions of anal sex, bondage and other sexual activity. At this point there is no rationale for teaching that sex with animals, plants, minerals or aliens is bad or wrong.
“Several parents read from the book and held it up so board members could see the pictures, which many described as ‘obscene.’ The board responded by removing the book, plus a few others, from the guidance. The guidance was developed with input from teachers across the state, and several spoke in favor of the recommendations on Wednesday. But not Tatyana Dzyubak, an elementary school teacher in the Sacramento area. ‘I shouldn’t be teaching that stuff,’ she said. ‘That’s for parents to do’.”
Hooray for teachers like Tatyana, but since she has a Russian or Ukrainian-sounding name, I suppose LGBTQ advocates can dismiss her as an ignorant slav. Have I not said in many posts, this kind of thing was inevitable? I’m not going to rehash my objections here, you can read previous posts. This will be taken up by other state education associations. The only thing that will distinguish one state from another will be how long it takes. Months ago, I had a brief debate with a very intelligent friend in Hawaii about the trans agenda. She’s very kindhearted, so she said there’s no harm in people expressing their sexuality the way they want. I said that she doesn’t recognize the dangers of accepting an irrational agenda as valid. The strategy behind gaining acceptance for such an agenda is that the very irrationality of it proves its power: Once accepted it produces a cognitive dissonance against it being challenged. Specifically, if you believe something irrational, you will fight any attempts to disprove it, and will strengthen the defense of your acceptance by either ignoring or making contrary evidence fit your narrative.