By fall of 2017, Washington state schools will be teaching students as young as kindergartners about gender identity, and how the idea of gender is a “social construct.”
The Washington state’s Health Education Glossary defines terms associated with gender identity this way:
“Gender: A social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.
- Gender expression. The way someone outwardly expresses their gender.
- Gender identity. Someone’s inner sense of their gender.
- Gender roles. Social expectations about how people should act, think, or feel based on their assigned biological sex.”
While some aspects of sexual health aren’t taught K-12 (HIV prevention begins in fourth grade), one component of sexual health titled “Self-Identity” begins in kindergarten, where students will be expected to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”
By third grade, students will be expected to “Explain that gender roles can vary considerably” and “Understand [the] importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity,” as part of the “Self-Identity” component of sexual health.
This is hardly the first time the subject of gender identity is being taught to kids as young as five and six years of age, and it certainly won’t be the last.
A Minnesota K-12 charter school had decided to teach their kindergartners about “gender identity.” The decision stemmed from a student who attends the school who is a boy but likes to dress as a girl.
The Nova Classical Academy principal sent out an email to parents back in October that informed them that the school would be introducing issues to students in order to “support a student who is gender nonconforming,” a student later found to be a kindergartner. The email explained that kindergarten students “will listen to various books that celebrate differences and will be teaching children about the beauty of being themselves.”
One of the books that the kindergarten teacher would be reading to 5 and 6-year-old students is My Princess Boy, a book about a boy who likes to dress in girls’ clothing and do other “girly” things.