It isn't just reading, writing, and arithmetic being taught at public schools anymore.
In case you haven't heard, starting next year, students in Washington State will be expected to become gender fluent. No, I'm not talking about when a person says their gender changes between male and female at will (that's gender fluid don't you know); I'm talking about how students will now be instructed in the ever-changing language of gender, beginning as early as kindergarten.
This will certainly not be an easy feat for these students. Facebook's gender identity profile category has become so extensive (in the U.S. it's topped out at 58) that they appear to have given up trying to keep up with the latest gender fads and now allow people to fill in their own custom genders if they didn't want to identify as male or female. Facebook's move was great news for LGBT activists who claim a person's gender exists along some vast spectrum subject to personal interpretation, and that the male and female are simply social constructs. Go figure.
But Washington's new guidelines are the perfect example of taking confused ideas about gender to its radical, social activist end.
"Washington State’s new gender identity guidelines map out specific “standards” for each grade level to achieve," noted Kelsey Harkness in an article for The Daily Signal. "These include teaching kindergartners that 'there are many ways to express gender,' defining sexual orientation to fourth-graders, and describing to fifth-graders 'how media, society, and culture can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression.'"
In a world where proselytization is a dirty word, it's surprising that activists would push it this far. After all, these are the same people who think the mere sight of a bible reference on public school grounds is worth a lawsuit, or even that religious schools shouldn't be allowed to teach about sexuality according to its religious texts. If that's the case, then in what world does it become okay to force children to accept that just because a five-year-old feels like the opposite sex means it must be true?
The male/female gender binary is well-established scientific fact. (Note: This does not include rare conditions where someone is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is not limited to male or female, known as intersex.) But Washington appears to be foregoing that fact in favor of catering to an agenda that demands not only acceptance, but celebration and affirmation of their ideas.
People who believe that they are not the sex or gender that they were born as are free to feel that way and believe it to be true. They deserve respect as human beings just like everyone else. But forcing one's ideology on others is a big no-no in our society.
This is especially true when you consider the right of parents. Teaching a child ideology is not the job of the government or of special interest groups. In the U.S., parents have the responsibility and the privilege of raising their children the best way they see fit. If a parent has no interest in reciting LGBT activists' talking points to their 2nd grader, then they don't have to, and the state shouldn't get a say otherwise.
Unfortunately, Washington's new guidelines just offer more evidence that sexual orientation and gender identity indoctrination is alive and well in this county. Take New York as another example. Peaceful New Yorkers face the threat of being fined big bucks if they don't call people by the pronouns or made-up words (no, "ze" and "hir" are not in the dictionary) that they prefer. This is forced, government-mandated speech at its most alarming and has no place in a free society.
The government has no business forcing its agenda and ideology on children. Just as it shouldn't be forcing these same students to share locker rooms, showers, and other private spaces with members of the opposite sex. Enough is enough.
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