Elementary school curriculum isn't just about the three R's any more. Reading, 'Riting and 'Rithmetic now have to make time for lessons in gender diversity. Students in all grades at Oakland, California's Redwood Heights Elementary School were given two days of "gender neutrality" lessons designed to teach them that gender is not confined to just two options, and that no distinctions between male and female should be legally allowed. These lessons were taught by an anti-bullying group called Gender Spectrum and paid for by a grant from the California Teachers Union.
The major message was that "gender identity" means people can choose to be different from the sex assigned at birth and can freely "change their sex," and that "gender identity is a spectrum where people can be girls, feel like girls, feel like boys, feel like both, or feel like neither." Fourth-graders were told that if someone were born with male "private parts" but identified more with being a girl, he should be "accepted" and "respected." The kids were taught "gender fluidity," which means a boy might be a boy one day and a girl the next.
The district spokesman said that gender identity lessons are required by school board policy as a means to promote "equity" and a safe classroom environment. The lessons seem more likely to confuse the kids about who they are and, indeed, Gender Spectrum boasted that its goal is to confuse the children and make them question traditional ideas about who is a boy and who is a girl. Gender Spectrum is determined to make children think that boy and girl don't mean anything anymore, and that it's no longer normal to believe people are born male or female or have different roles. It is not surprising that many parents were upset when they heard about the two-day course.
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