The bill would mandate LGBTQ-focused sex education for children, including kindergartners
By: Daniel Chaitin |@NeonNettle on 2nd February 2020 @ 2.00pm
Washington Democrats in the State House are pushing the House Bill 2184 that would make it mandatory for children and kindergartners to receive ‘LGBTQ -focused’ sex education.But parents in Washington state are fighting the bill saying it “imposes upon parental rights.”The bill would mandate LGBTQ-focused sex education for children, including kindergartners.A group named Informed Parents of Washington is now warning parents about the dangers of the legislation. The Democrats say the bill would establish “equity,” i.e., equal access to sexual health information, and “affirmative consent” and the needs of LGBTQ students.A workgroup that reviewed the K–12 sex ed provisions concluded that “members agree all students would benefit from K–12 comprehensive sexual health education.”
But the conclusion was reached after a survey was conducted by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) about the issue, receiving over 10,000 responses.Out of that response, almost three-fourths were females.
The work group also found that 58 percent of survey respondents said comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) should not be required in grades K–12, while 42 percent said that it should be necessary.The work group stated:The Sexual Health Education Workgroup agreed that all students in Washington’s public schools should have access to comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) in grades K–12. Mandating CSHE is an issue of equity and would help to ensure all students across the state receive quality, evidence-informed instruction, regardless of who they are or where they live.The Workgroup found that several groups are often excluded from relevant, inclusive instruction, including students in out of home care, students with disabilities, students who identify as LGBTQ+, and English learners, among others.Washington Rep. Michelle Caldier (R) website provides a radio report with John Sattgast in Olympia about the bill.“When I looked at the curriculum, I’d be happy to read some of this stuff, but I will tell you I know that the chair would gavel me because it is completely inappropriate for me to say here,” Caldier said.“And I think that if it is inappropriate for me to say on the dais, I don’t think that’s something that I would want to teach a kindergartner.”Sattgast noted that although 97 people signed up to testify, just 16 were permitted to do so within the time limit. The Democrats say the bill would establish ‘equity,’ i.e., equal access to sexual health information Despite the previous mandate dying in the last legislative session, the new bill is just as dubious.“And it’s fueled less about meeting the sexual needs of young kids (these needs don’t exist) than it is about pushing a very specific social justice agenda on gender identity for all classrooms,” he stated.The Democrats’ proposal, called “Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Curriculum” (3Rs), states kindergartners would learn correct names for body parts, but only after a “note on language” is subservient to gender identity.“You will notice that this lesson refers to ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ and ‘male’ and ‘female’ when identifying body parts,” states the note to teachers. “Lessons in higher grades use more precise language and begin to introduce a broader concept of gender.”With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, teachers are instructed to tell the young children:Most girls have a vulva, which is the name for the area between the legs. The vulva describes the whole area including the small hole where urine or pee comes out called the opening to the urethra, the hole below that, which is a little bigger and is called the vagina that is used when a female has a baby, and the hole below that where a bowel movement, or poop, comes out called the anus. So a person with a vulva has three holes between their legs and a very sensitive little area at the top called the clitoris.Most boys have a penis between their legs, which they use to urinate or ‘pee.’ Some boys have a foreskin, which is a piece of skin that covers the end of the penis, and some boys do not. A boy also has a hole where a bowel movement, or poop, leaves the body called an anus, just like a girl.The proposal states that first graders would learn about gender roles.Meanwhile, teachers are instructed to read My Princess Boy before the lesson and then ask the children:“Does the job a person has, or what they wear mean a person is a man or a woman?” (No)“Do the activities someone likes to do for fun or what they wear mean they are a boy or a girl?” (No)The lesson would be closed with this question:“How could you support others in trying new things and participating in activities that some people may sometimes say are only for boys or only for girls?” Ask for volunteers to offer strategies. (Some responses might include: tell them that you think it’s great; tell them that they shouldn’t listen to what other people think; tell them that you will do it with them; tell them that there is no such thing as girl activities and boy activities, etc.)Sixth-graders would learn “language … that seems less familiar – using the pronoun ‘they’ instead of ‘her’ or him,’ using gender-neutral names in scenarios and role-plays and referring to ‘someone with a vulva’ vs. a girl or woman.”“This is intended to make the curriculum inclusive of all genders and gender identities,” the proposal states.Informed Parents of Washington notes that the “3Rs” curriculum will teach “sexting” to 15 years olds:“Sexting is here to stay folks. The real issue is consent. If you think about it like that, then sexting is just another aspect of normal sexual behavior.”“That’s what The 3Rs curriculum wants to tell your 15-year-old, using a video the IT will have to unblock so it can be shown,” the parents’ coalition posted to Facebook.“Then they’ll discuss scenarios that make sexting seem like the norm,” the parents add.“For homework, kids go out and share their newfound knowledge with at least four friends. Though they do tell students that naked photos of kids under 18 are illegal if they were serious about discouraging kids from sexting, they would take a different, more serious approach.” (Click to Source)
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