Washington Schools to Teach Gender Identity Curriculum in Kindergarten

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Kindergarten used to be a place for children to learn how to add, subtract, and read.  Next year, Washington school children as young as five years old will instead be learning about gender fluidity and the differences between gender and sexual identity.

The newly-minted health and physical education standards, released by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), will be implemented in schools across the state for the 2017-2018 school year.

As reported by The Daily Caller, the new standards require students to learn about gender identity and expression beginning in kindergarten.

  • Beginning in Kindergarten, students will be taught about the many ways to express gender.  Gender expression education will include information about the manifestations of traits that are typically associated with one gender. Crossdressing is one form of gender expression.
  • Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity.  These children will be taught that they can choose their own gender.
  • Fourth graders will be expected to “define sexual orientation,” which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; they’ll also be taught about HIV prevention.  Children in fourth grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation.
  • Fourth and fifth graders will learn about the relativity of gender roles and why such roles are social constructs that are not inherent to who we are as male or female human beings.
  • Seventh graders will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”
  • High school students will critically “evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.”

These changes to education standards will transform public schools into a conduit for promoting the latest gender theories plaguing universities across the country.

Perhaps the most concerning element about the new standards, however, is that OSPI has no plans to notify parents of these controversial changes.  In a phone call this morning with FPIW, OSPI communications manager Nathan Olsen confirmed the changes and said that the state does not plan to issue a press release or otherwise inform parents of the changes.

When asked by The Daily Caller “whether a student who rejects the idea that ‘gender identity’ is distinct from ‘biological sex’ could end up failing a course on account of their beliefs, Olson replied that it “would be handled at the district/school level.’”

Parents should be concerned about whether these standards are age-appropriate, as well as whether the manner in which these topics will be taught may undermine the values held by their family.  It is frightening to think that students who hold traditional beliefs about gender and sexual identity may have to choose between accepting politically correct talking points or failing assignments and being ostracized by school administrators.

We encourage all concerned parents to attend the next school board meeting in your school district (find information on your school district here).  Ask if your local school board plans to implement the state’s radical new curriculum for elementary school classes in your child’s school and, if you aren’t satisfied with the response you get from the school board, we’d encourage you to run for the school board and to let us know of your intention.

You can sign the petition to show your opposition at this link, and support FPIW as we work to return sanity to the classroom and culture.

177 replies
  1. Joe Armas
    Joe Armas says:

    My concern with this is that schools are taking the role of the parent in this issue, lets be clear folks there are 2 genders male and female. Any other variation of these are purely made to accommodate the few with personal issues, this has nothing to do with political party affiliation or what denomination you are.. if you take away the easy blame that bible thumping Christians are against it, lets take a look from the perspective of nature… you know that one item that rules our existence, there is a clear definition in nature for both genders, they both play an important role in our development and overall progress as a race (NO you idiot not black or white.. the HUMAN RACE). if you start letting all the women think they are men then what happens when they want to procreate, and the same issue happens when men want to be women… this is a problem with letting the few confused people who believe this society owes them something for their confusion, so they want to now infringe on our rights to be straight or not confused about our genders. whats worst is they are starting to introduce these doctrines to our children. these are subject matters that PARENTS should be dealing with, not some confused politician or school district.

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  2. Jacqueline
    Jacqueline says:

    Its pretty sad that they dont even want to tell the parents about whats going to happen. Why should kids in school especially in kindergarten have to know about sexual gender give me a break like kindergarteners really going to really understand what you mean by that. Y cant they just let the kindergartners play outside,and read and learn there abcs and numbers, and learn how to write there names, play games , and arts and crafts ,and learn songs just like an ordinary little kid back when we were in kindergarten.i dont see nothing wrong with that at all. I dont feel like teachers should be teaching kids about bisexual gay transsexual and heterosexual. I think it should be the parents job to teach the child that.

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    • Chris augard
      Chris augard says:

      Is this ain’t a secret agenda for certain people I just don’t know what is. and for this particular post amen!! the biggest point of this all is there out-and-out hiding it from parents to be able to teach it because you know a majority of the parents would not fly with it if they knew it was going on. and that’s why they’re doing it this way the only way it would happen not letting parents know it’s happening.

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  3. Aygul
    Aygul says:

    This is sick and totally unacceptable!!!! Kids , students graduate schools and still not that literate. And instead of focusing on how to improve education, they are trying to pervert our kids at their most vulnerable ages. The world is degrading ,morals are going down and it’s considered a norm in nowadays world. Insane!!!!!!!

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      • Lacey Reader
        Lacey Reader says:

        If you can read agreement with many of the comments into what the standards speak to then your critical reading skills are certainly lacking and your bias dominates your perspective. For example, expecting children to respect gender differences is a far cry from brainwashing children. I am not a home school proponent generally, but it is good that parents with such extreme views keep themselves and their children out of public schools!

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        • Better Reader
          Better Reader says:

          Did you possibly miss the (Se) section, Lacey Reader? Grade 2: “Understand there is a range of gender roles and expression.” It’s highly doubtful that this means teaching them there are TWO genders, male and female. Grade 4: “Define sexual orientation.” Grade 8: “Recognize external influences that shape attitudes about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation,” and “List steps to using a condom correctly.” Yes, because I want to make sure my 13-YEAR-OLD who should be worried about her dolls is now focused on how to put a condom on an erect penis. Or “Define sexual consent and identify ways that consent can be communicated and accepted.” Again, that’s for 13-year olds. High school: “Identify local youth-friendly sexual health services.” Translation: Identify places that won’t tell your parents what you’re doing. “Demonstrate effective ways to communicate with a partner about healthy sexual decisions and consent.” So there can be more teen pregnancies? Or at least teenaged sex?

          Did you bother to actually read it? These are things that ought to be discussed with parents, not in a mixed classroom by teachers, some of whom have personal agendas to push.

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        • Nelana M
          Nelana M says:

          I strongly agree. The schools are for learning scholastic academics. Learning how to be gender sensitive is a parent’s responsibility to do with their kids at HOME!!! I really dislike these people pushing this stupidity into our kids minds and against our will. Kids are struggling with reading and math but yet somehow these people feel this is more important. How is this going to help our kids find job in the future? Will pushing this gender nonsense into their minds going to get them a job over math and reading will? I am outraged with this, and I do hope we as parents stand together against this and try our best to keep it out of our schools. We are being bullied by these people and it needs to stop!!!

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    • Elisabeth TenBrink Kelley
      Elisabeth TenBrink Kelley says:

      Thank you for this link! Yes, I agree that this article doesn’t really represent the truth completely accurately. I’m sure what it /actually/ says will still freak out more conservative Christians, but really it seems quite reasonable to me. Honestly, I kind of wish I had had some of this education, though I sincerely doubt asexuality and aromanticism will be covered. Please do be kind about homeschooling, though. I was homeschooled, and it was a wonderful experience.

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      • Gretchen McDevitt
        Gretchen McDevitt says:

        With respect to the sexual health curriculum described in the article, what part do you think is inaccurate?

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  4. Heather Stevens
    Heather Stevens says:

    You have falsely represented the process of curriculum development and implementation in the state of Washington. I suggest that you double-check your facts.

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  5. `willi
    `willi says:

    I think that kids realize the difference between male and female and we should leave it at that if they have questions they should ask their parents. Skip that and teach them things like writing in cursive more and more kids don’t even have a signature , I had to teach my son that myself !

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  6. HelloDarknessMYoldFriend
    HelloDarknessMYoldFriend says:

    When I was kid, people told me the world was going to role me but their isn’t more than 2 genders.

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  7. Kaiser Reinhard
    Kaiser Reinhard says:

    Teaching gender identity in schools? That’s easy. There are women and there are men. Children already know that there are these two sexes/genders and that those are the only two. The idea that you would have to teach them otherwise is spelling out ideology. This is a religious, cultist indoctrination, and should be dispelled by the Establishment Clause. This is sick propaganda.

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    • verbose
      verbose says:

      Interesting how easily you dismiss a whole group of people, their civil rights and their ability to participate as a valid class of individuals. This is how totalitarian societies work, not nations where people try to recognize each other’s differences and work together to produce a better more plural State. Your opinion is just fear, and it weakens our resolve to freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. You are the weak link sir- you are the voice afraid of change in the darkness, trying to stop at every corner and catch your choking breath. You fear equality with those you don’t understand or poorly judge, (which just based on those few lines you wrote, your judgement seems to lack intellectual heft) and this will hold us all back. Please stop trying to import all of these walls that exist only in your mind, into the real world- we have real business to take care of.

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      • Dorothy
        Dorothy says:

        No one has the civil Rights to teach my child in moral issues. It is my right as a parent to teach my child my views on morality. It does not belong in the schools.

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      • Bill DeNaine
        Bill DeNaine says:

        It appears you are the one who is brainwashed and deceived. The true fact of the matter is, there is male and female, nothing more. Period. Don’t be an idiot. At least not publicly.

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      • Mary Lawlor
        Mary Lawlor says:

        What dont you understand about male and female? Men and women? There are two sexes therefore two genders. You are the ones doing the bullying and forcing everybody else under pain of fines, imprisonment, job loss and closing down of businesses etc, if they dont conform to your idea of diversity and inclusivity! In other words, a Totalitarian ideology. Where is the inclusion and diversity when it comes to Christianity? “He created them male and female” That is the Truth! Your sick ideology will NEVER twart God’s plan. Get overit and get used to it!

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      • Better Reader
        Better Reader says:

        At least you chose the right name. Two genders: if you have a Y chromosome, you’re male. That goes for the very tiny number of people born XXY — they’re still male. If you don’t have a Y chromosome, you’re female. Very simple. Nobody’s rights are being trampled by this. Call yourself whatever you want; if you have a Y chromosome, you’re a male, regardless.

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  8. Nogenid
    Nogenid says:

    Wow I just came across this article…I cannot believe this! I am from China, I hope my home country never gets polluted by this ideology of “gender identify”. This sets mankind back to the days of primates. Man are created by and after a higher being, but you want to lower yourself to animals. I will take the air pollution and food safety concerns back home any day than this .

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    • Kaiser Reinhard
      Kaiser Reinhard says:

      I agree. This sort of ideology is propaganda of the establishment disguised of “progress”. It is, in fact, not “progression” but regression. We are denying the facts of life and reality by allowing ourselves to be manipulated by ideology and propaganda.

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      • verbose
        verbose says:

        Wow, agreement on propaganda with a person coming from a country that has only state run and vetted media, that takes a special kind of person…

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        • Mary Lawlor
          Mary Lawlor says:

          Well said that person from China. Actually she/he is not talking about the Chinese government, they mention belief in a higher Being. Morals have no place in government especialy those run by the likes of your liberal, lying, amoral buddies Clinton and Obama!
          The most primitive tribes on earth acknowledge the existence of a supreme being….. so what does that make you!

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  9. Me
    Me says:

    The schools have NO business teaching this CRAP in schools. I was never taught this crap in school, and I know the difference between male, female, and screwed up. Go back into the closet you stupid liberals

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  10. Bo Frank
    Bo Frank says:

    Fantastic!!!!!!! It is about time we have comprehensive sexuality education in this country, WA congratulations! The students in WA will be better prepared to handle the realities of life with this much needed curriculum that will do what absitience only education failed at so misearbly. Students will understand gender identity and sexual orientation and have improved self esteem and mental health, first sexaul intercourse will be delayed, the teen pregnancy rate and STI contraction rate will diminish because children will have knowledge to make healthy choices. Our children need valid information and I will be sharing WA’s health curriculum with the Hawaii DOE!!!!!! I cant wait for my children to be educated like this so that we can have a discussion together about their sexual health and how their gender identity and sexual orientation shape other areas of their overall health and wellness. Again great job WA, its about time, now parents need to step up and have discussions with their children about what they are learning in school. The positive implications for quality of life just expanded exponentially for you entire state! Our kids can be our teachers in the realization that sexuality in all aspects deals with an intersection of biology and social influences. I am excited to see this happening in my lifetime.

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    • Kaiser Reinhard
      Kaiser Reinhard says:

      You are correct in stating that gender roles and the ideas about sex are a mix between biological and cultural distinctions. What you are not correct in is that this falls under reality. This falls under delusion. There are two sexes/genders: male and female. For a transgender person, if they have indeed transitioned or plan on transitioning rather than pretending to feel special, they are respectfully trying to act as the opposite sex societally. “Societally” is the key word because they can never, biologically, completely transition. Despite this, I will respect their decision and treat them respectfully, but that is not what this ideologically-driven propaganda is about. It is about confusion children and leading them away from the idea of gender-norms of sex in order to brainwash them and manipulate them. Having gender-norms for children questioned is not healthy for them because they will never be able to truly “find themselves”. This is observable today on college campuses.

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    • Nelana
      Nelana says:

      This kind of talk is not REALITY!!! You want it to be reality. This will only confuse the kids and rapes will be off the charts and kids having more sex and becoming more mess up and suicides would sky rocket, because the reality is you are telling kids they can have sex with any gender. And girls and boys who are approached by the same sex don’t know what they want and can be forced into doing something that they are unsure of because you want your reality to come out of their mouth which would be “hey its ok if we are both boys/girls, its ok to do this because we were taught yes we can and its ok to have sex, even if you don’t feel like it just try it” That is rape! That would send an innocent child to kill himself/herself. You just want to try and make everyone believe the world would be better and looking through rosy colors glasses but if kids who are confused are killing themselves now, can you even stop and think what would happen if you confuse millions of children?? You don’t have kids I know or else you would’ve have thought about this. Keep the schools for academics and keep personal issues you may have with the world out of it!!!

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  11. Jonathan Hager
    Jonathan Hager says:

    I realize that when I post this that people seem to be so diametrically opposed on this issue that it’s hard to find common ground. I’d like to suggest a compromise: postpone these teachings to seventh or eighth grade, when children have already started puberty and have already started to form opinions about life. Then teach the curriculum as opinions, rather than fact. Or home school or take your kids out of school. This way, you conservative Christians get to teach your children religious morals. And, if children learn respect for choices others make that may cause no harm at all, gays and lesbians don’t have to live back in the dark ages before the 1960s, where they were bashed, blackmailed (J. Edgar Hoover) or imprisoned (Oscar Wilde) for having consensual sex with consenting adults of the same gender.

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  12. NIdahoCatholic
    NIdahoCatholic says:

    GTFO Washington State. Good people, just leave. Find a job somewhere sane, and move.

    I did just that last year. No regrets!

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  13. Leah
    Leah says:

    Absolutely NO!!! NO WAY!!
    This is time for us to pray and ask God’s help.
    If this is really happening, I don’t want to send our kids to school. I am fine respecting their rights, but where are OUR RIGHTS???
    Protect our rights as well.

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    • Bernabe
      Bernabe says:

      Hi l’m a grandmother of a five year old grandson from Ca,in kindergarten I don’t want him Learning about transgender at a young age I feel we have No rights as s Christian I have no problems with whatever anybody wants to be I just have a problem with the Government making a choice for parents please help me and let me know what I could do to stop this before my grandson start school.

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    • Sadie
      Sadie says:

      What you all need to understand about this is that your kids are constantly learning gender and sexuality from the world they live in. Do you want them to be a tiny bit more prepared to process what’s already thrown at them? Why is it that overtime teachers try to give students the tools to think critically, there is an outcry that it’s some leftist conspiracy agenda? This is just one of the many things that affect children in their everyday lives and development. They are pelted with advertisements and imagery that hyper-sexualize women all day every day. Even in the most seemingly innocuous kids’ toys their design asserts gender roles and–yes–sexuality. This conversation is about a lot of things relating to gender, one of which is that queer people are real people mostly just like you (except that they’ve probably spent a little more time reflecting on oppression than you have) and they are not–as you would like to believe–deviant hyper-sexual freaks. In fact, as a woman, I think hyper-masculine straight men could learn a lot about self-reflection and compassion from queer people. For you to be so damn squeamish about having conversations with kids that acknowledge the existence of sexuality and help them to understand it before it hits them like a freight train in middle school is frankly, neglectful. They’re surrounded with all of these messages and they go right into their minds from the day they are born. At 9 or 10, they are not too young to notice sexuality exists. Girls today are often already starting puberty by then. Public school teachers aren’t gonna start teaching kindergarteners–or even 5th graders–the intricate details of gender and sexual relationships, but there are certain concepts that–if they know them at the most basic level–will make them SAFER and most likely HEALTHIER and less likely to bully or be bullied. Don’t you want that for them?

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    • Margaret
      Margaret says:

      Your rights are protected. You can choose to not let your child take part in it if you feel that it violates your religion. But people need to know that this is something that happens, and instead of trying to pray it away, which is NEVER going to happen, because A) its never worked before and B) God is all about love. This is a good thing because that way kids will be less likely to pick on kids for being gender fluid or trans-gendered later on in life, and could reduce the bullying and suicide rates by quite a lot. So you do have rights, that are protected in the constitution, but just think about what harm its really causing anyone. What is really going to happen if you let these people be who they are?

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  14. Curtis Delgardo
    Curtis Delgardo says:

    I don’t believe the school should have the right to teach our children anything that may cause conflict with what a parent maybe teaching their kid(s) if a parent is teaching God word to there children and a kid now have to be taught something that he or she knows is wrong and not God will, is he or she going to be discipline or kicked out of school. And another issue, Does the school realize that children don’t think like adults do this can become a venu to separate kids and cause major issues far as discrimination and single kids out that seem abnormal. This is going to be ugly! It is bad enough these kids are confused and mentally messed up in the head by their life style at home, neighborhood, family etc..

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    • Bruce
      Bruce says:

      I agree Curtis, teaching children that their life is to be ruled by some fictional character that lives in the sky will confuse them and mentally mess up their heads by being taught that kind of lifestyle.

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      • Darby O'Gill
        Darby O'Gill says:

        I agree Bruce.Fictional characters should be labeled as such so as not to mislead children. Instead, they should be taught that Our Lord Jesus Christ is The Way,The Truth and The Life. Thanks for you input.

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      • Holly
        Holly says:

        You missed the point completely, but that is easy to do when your post was most likely created just to disparage and condemn anyone who teaches their children about God.

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      • Mike
        Mike says:

        Sounds like a poor attempt at an emotional appeal. Your overuse of intensifiers expose your true intention of presenting your subjective opinion as fact.

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      • Not a religious hypocrite
        Not a religious hypocrite says:

        Exactly, where is the link e from so called Christians. Human Rights…. Not Christian rights. This is America. Gtfo if you don’t want to respect other religions.

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  15. Gabe
    Gabe says:

    Do none of these “education leaders and officials” remember what it was to be 5 years old? 7 or 10 years old? You play outside, learn about how great life can be, try new foods, make friends, play in the dirt, and yes, learn how to be nice and respectful to everyone. Why can’t it stay like that? Why make this into more of an issue than what it is? Adults are the ones making an issue where there is no issue. By explaining and teaching our young ones all our vast knowledge of this topic will only drive a wedge between these differences in people. Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade, are all time to learn about so much more than what gender your new friend identifies with. I will fight this till the end

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    • Sadie
      Sadie says:

      If you are fortunate enough to have been a child that fit the institutionally determined, culturally hegemonic, rigid definition of what you should be like, then yes, as a child you get to just be a kid. But what about the child who is told by society that they are evil, wrong, screwed up, just because they don’t perfectly fit your idea of what it means to be a girl or a boy. Why do we have to hold so tight to this that we constantly hurt each other in the process of defending our own beliefs? This isn’t about teaching “transgenderism,” whatever that is. It isn’t even about teaching sex. Kids are taught every day by the world, teachers, parents, media, tv shows, everything they see is rigidly gendered to tell them what they should look like, how they should play, and who they should become. What is wrong with letting them know that people don’t always fit those molds and that maybe we shouldn’t be expected to fit those molds in order to be considered valuable human beings. I’d like to see more compassion (and fact-based analysis minus the inflammatory embellishment) from people who believe in the teachings of Jesus. WWJD my friends. Look in the mirror and ask yourself what is more in line with His compassionate way–allowing millions of children to be manipulated, bullied, and molded into self-loathing and dysfunction, or giving kids some more space to ease into learning about complex issues like gender before we shock them with the birds and the bees. Leaving them to “figure it out on their own” is not the solution.

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      • Nelana
        Nelana says:

        WHAT!!!!! What is wrong with you??? Of course they should learn that we should all respect each other and they should also be taught that not everyone is the same. BUT NOT BY YOU OR THE GOVERNMENT!!!! This is something that is obviously very personal to you and I am sorry for you, but you should have to push it on everyone else just because our kids do fit the normal mold as you say. How would you feel if someone told you all kids must shave their heads because there are a few kids that can’t grow hair, and this will be done by all teachers in the school and won’t be told to parents??? Yes how ridiculous that is?? It is the same thing with you guys forcing our kids to know something too prematurely. We are not in communist Russia where propaganda is taught in the schools to children to sway their way of thinking. We are in a free country. We have the right to learn what we want WHEN WE WANT. And that extends to what we want our kids to learn and when they should learn it.

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  16. Don
    Don says:

    When I look down and I see my dick hanging there I know that I am male. This means that I use the men’s bathroom. It’s a no brainer. So where’s the confusion? * And no, I don’t want to cut it off. Duuuhh.

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    • Melania
      Melania says:

      I ‘am a damn proud Democrat but this is ridiculous.It’s parents job to teach their children not schools. Lord have mercy. Christian schools or home schooling. This is not good

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  17. Gerry Shuller
    Gerry Shuller says:

    As Dennis Prager would say: “Athena went to graduate school”.
    How would he know?
    Where else would someone get such patently absurd ideas?

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  18. Athena
    Athena says:

    From above:

    ——————–
    When asked by The Daily Caller “whether a student who rejects the idea that ‘gender identity’ is distinct from ‘biological sex’ could end up failing a course on account of their beliefs, Olson replied that it “would be handled at the district/school level.’”
    ——————–

    ^^ That was a political answer…. but the right answer should be “yes, they would fail”, for the reason that gender identity is psychologically proven to be separate from biological sex, and there are now volumes upon volumes of research confirming this distinction. If a student – or anyone else – wishes to challenge this assertion, they’re more certainly welcomed to. Have them conduct their own research and submit it for peer review, and overturn all of the other papers on neurology, endocrinology, sociology, psychology, and so on – all of which assert that gender identity is separate from biology.

    Or just send them to me. I’ll handle em. (⌐■_■)

    http://www.4thwavers.wordpress.com

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  19. TK
    TK says:

    This is an absolute lie. Did any of you click the link to read the curriculum? There is NO MENTION of Gender Identity. There is mention of gender. There is mention of gender roles, such as “boy’s jobs and girl’s jobs”. There is NOTHING ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY. But you want to pass on your agenda, so you click bait and the sheep don’t read the link to the curriculum. They just assume that you’re telling the truth in the story and get their undies in a bunch over it.

    It’s so sad that people believe that God gave you a brain and then said, “Now put this in a box and whatever you do, do NOT use it.” Well I’m a Christian and I’m also an educator. I am also a firm believer that the Lord God gave me a brain and expected me to use it. When I see an article like this I think “Wow! That sounds HORRIBLE I wonder if it’s true.” So the first thing I do is suspend judgement and look for confirmation DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE. The one thing this article did right was to link to the original source. It was very easy to confirm that this was UNTRUE, that in no way is Washington teaching 5 year olds about gender identity. The curriculum, in fact, is almost the same as it always was, but this political cycle Gender Identity is the “Ebola” of the last political cycle.

    Please, the Lord wants you to be a good light for Him. Be that light be actually BEING RIGHT for a change. When you pass on rot like this, and almost everything from this site falls in that category, you make us all look like fools.

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    • Kim
      Kim says:

      Perhaps not 5 year old about gender identity, but about cross-dressing. They cover gender identity in third grade. Still too young in my book, and certainly NOT the schools responsibility at any age. And I did look at the PDF, it is on page 29.

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    • Heather Archer
      Heather Archer says:

      It is exactly as the article says. I read your comment and thought, I really hope this is the case and it’s just fear mongering. But the article is correct and you are either blind or trying to dissuade people from reading it with a bit of reverse physiology. In Kindergarten NO ONE should be talking about “Understand there are
      many ways to
      express gender.
      H1.Se5.K”

      NOT!!!!! That leads to “Identify how friends
      and family can
      influence ideas
      regarding gender
      roles, identity, and
      expression. H2.Se5.4
      Demonstrate ways
      to show respect for
      all people. H4.Se5.4
      Define sexual
      orientation. H1.Se5.4”

      In 4th grade!!! FOURTH GRADE!!! 10 year olds!!! This is insane. I think parents need to read this to see that it IS true!! If my child were in this school I’d opt out and spread the word for all other parents to opt out. Then move to change this BS! Sex ed should be taught at home, by parents. Teachers need to stick with the basics, math, reading, history, geography…..Since you imply people that didn’t read it do not have a brain, what do you say after you’ve read it but STILL refuse to see what’s in print. God help us all.

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      • Sadie
        Sadie says:

        What you all need to understand about this is that your kids are constantly learning this shit already from the world they live in. They are pelted with advertisements and imagery all day every day, even in the most seemingly innocuous kids’ toys that assert and reassert gender roles and–yes–sexuality. For you to be so damn squeamish about having conversations with kids that acknowledge that and help them to understand it, that is the real problem here. They’re surrounded with all of these messages and they go right into their minds. They are not too young to notice sexuality exists. Public school teachers aren’t gonna start teaching them the intricate details, but there are certain concepts that–if they know them–will make them SAFER and most likely HEALTHIER and less likely to bully others. Don’t you want that for them?

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    • David
      David says:

      People can believe what they want to believe. Truth and facts are all I care about. The truth is that this is a topic that is very controversial. Not because those of various faiths do not accept others for who they are or who they want to be. (It’s an unfortunate truth that some people are not accepting) As a person of christian faith I love all of my brothers and sisters and accept them as they are. We don’t go to work or church and discuss our gender or our sex lives because those are private matters between consenting adults. (Notice I used the word “Adults”)

      This topic is controversial because parents, who desperately love their children, have the right to choose when and how their children are educated on the subject of gender, gender identity, and other related information. The fact is that schools are struggling to teach science, math, technology and humanities. School music and athletic programs are cut due to budget constraints and yet somehow teaching kids about gender identity is going to solve that problem. So tell me. Why is it so darn important that schools are forcing this upon parents? Its clear to me that teaching gender identity is more about an agenda than it is about educating our children.

      Leave gender and sex discussions to parents (both gay and straight parents with gay or straight children). Parent(s) are the people that care most. In the event that parent(s) are absent, either physically or emotionally, then school counselors may need to rely on available social or community resources to counsel or otherwise educate children seeking information on gender, sex, and related information.

      Reply
    • Pat
      Pat says:

      I appreciate the challenge to read all the info on the link. It does say that gender expression and gender identity will be addressed.

      Reply
    • Nick
      Nick says:

      I am sensitive to your concern. But the fact is Christians are under attack from various elements of our society. To write off this whole concept and say it is “rot” does not make sense. We are seeing attacks virtually every day. This is a battle between God and Satan for the minds of our children. Certainly you as an educator recognize that. Teachers in Washington have been reprimanded for using the Bible in school. Does that now tell you there is a battle against God in our state?

      Now I am not sure what district you are associated with but I do know the government is stepping into education like never before. Districts are being pressured to comply with morality as the government determines is politically correct or risk losing federal funding. That actually is a more significant problem. The federal government is usurping the rights of the states!

      This story may or may not be fully true. But one day it will be because that is the direction our country is moving. If you don’t believe this is a problem, then consider the other things that are being legislated into the way we operate schools.

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    • Susan Frickel
      Susan Frickel says:

      I am sorry. Sexual orientation is NOT the school’s responsibility to teach MY 4th grader! That is FAR too young to have strangers imparting that information to sensitive children, and 4th grade IMO is inappropriate to be having any kind of sexual information discussed in class or otherwise in a school surrounding! Oh, and page 37.
      ‘Understand there are many ways to express gender.’
      H1.Se5.K
      Unfortunately, it is my (and many other scholars’) belief that cross dressing and other behaviors associated with ‘gender identity’ are actually due to neurological issues that are errant. I do not believe it is appropriate to teach children as young as 5 about that in an educational setting, where what the hear is fact to them. It’s not fact to those of us who disagree. Cite your studies; there are plenty who say exactly the opposite. So it is not a LIE, in your words.

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    • EG
      EG says:

      TK, read it again starting on page 29 under the topic of self identity. Gender identity is used several times as well as again on page 32. You can belittle people all you want for not reading it, but it’s right there in plain text.

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      You mean the part under sexual health that talks about self-identity. Did you read through it yourself. Took me about 2 minutes to find it.

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    • J
      J says:

      The majority have more rights, and that is how oppression starts. There are more LGBT people than reported because many of them are too afraid to come out because of a fear of persecution. As a person of faith, and a member of the LGBT community, it frightens me that people who claim to be the majority feel like they need to be protected from a group of people who’s only agenda is to have EQUAL rights. Other than wanting equal rights, there is no agenda. We don’t go around knocking on doors looking for converts like many religions do. Restricting the rights of others because of your cherry picked “sincerely held religious beliefs ” is having an agenda.

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      • Fern
        Fern says:

        In what way have you not received equal rights? They aren’t equal when you take away other people’s rights. All laws apply to all people. It doesn’t matter what you think or do sexually.

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      • Meme
        Meme says:

        I believe in equal rights but my rights end where someone else’s begin. This basic truth is not adhered to in society anymore. So sad, when one person’s rights are ignored we all lose our own rights eventually. We are all called to love our neighbor God didn’t stipulate who or what that neighbor should be like, look like or if they should love only those who are just like us.

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      • Clark Kent
        Clark Kent says:

        What ‘faith’ do you claim? If the Christian faith you are only deluding yourself and your comments are to be totally disregarded as you are lost in the Biblical sense. The truth hurts, J (but not nearly as much as eternal separation from God). P.S. God’s condemnation of homosexuality is not a ‘cherry picked religious belief’.

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  20. Pete
    Pete says:

    Once again we are requiring more than %99 of the people to accommodate and not offend less than %1 of the people. I am so glad my kids are grown!

    Reply
  21. Chloe
    Chloe says:

    This is fantastic news, bigots of course will object, but regardless if you dislike or disagree the reality is this is information people need, just sticking your head in the sand and wishing other things don’t exist is not a solution.

    Reply
    • Clark Kent
      Clark Kent says:

      Drop the ‘bigotry’ crapola, Chloe. And your idea of ‘information’ is warped. Just sticking your head in the sand and wishing Christians don’t exist is not a solution.

      Reply
    • Darby O'Gill
      Darby O'Gill says:

      Stick your head in the sand if you wish….just don’t stick your head in the wrong restroom….and don’t stick your amoral rules into our kid’s heads.

      Reply
  22. Ella
    Ella says:

    May I suggest that you request a conservative and Christian teacher. Ask her to let you know when she might teach any gender fluidity or sexual deviation crap so you can pull your children out of school those days.

    Reply
    • TK
      TK says:

      Did you click the link to the curriculum that actually states what is in the curriculum? No. You didn’t. Did you? That would be using your brain, wouldn’t it?

      Do me a solid and go click that link then come back here and tell me again where it talks about gender fluidity, sexual deviation, etc.

      By the way, in Wa. state you are certainly allowed to exempt your child from sexuality education and all material is open for review by all parents. I’m sure you know that, right? You’ve reviewed all the material, right? That’s how you speak with such confidence what is in it, correct? I’m just asking because while it has been awhile since I got my degree in Secondary Health Education and I haven’t taught it in a few years, I do keep up on these things and I also have the ability to click a link. I guess I just missed the section where we’re teaching kids to change their gender.

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      • David
        David says:

        TK, I do appreciate your position. And to be fair the article does not mention sexual deviation or gender fluidity. Remember however that we can’t predict what is going to happen in the classroom. When we open a topic of discussion it is unavoidable that there will be questions from the kids. What will the teachers say when those questions are asked? How will the teachers respond?

        The fact is that our education system cannot guarantee an answer. If a teacher answers a question in a manner inconsistent with how a parent will answer it then you know you will have a shit storm on your hands. Teachers will be put on administrative leave or terminated and lawsuits to follow. All it will take is one wrong answer from a teachers mouth. Those lawsuits filed by parents will result in costs to school districts. And where do school districts get their money? Think about it.

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      • DO
        DO says:

        I wouldn’t want someone with your attitude, TK, teaching my child simple addition. You are vindictive, patronizing, condescending and obviously have enough hidden in your life to feel you have to defend it viscously. Take a breath and listen to others’ concerns, instead of your cowardly grenade-lobbing over from safety behind an anonymous blog…

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      • Clark Kent
        Clark Kent says:

        As an educator in Washington state, I am sure you are an expert in not using your brain. Just check out the percentage of high school students who fail to graduate from high school within the Washington state public schools to confirm my claim. The truth hurts, TK; grow up.

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        • Bruce
          Bruce says:

          Well Clark if the fail to graduate percentage is so high in Washington state maybe you should be preparing for your class and do a better job of teaching and engaging your students instead of playing on some web sight calling people names for their opinion.

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  23. Mary
    Mary says:

    Can parents opt out of this? I would not want my grandkids being taught this. Stick to the reading writing and arithmetic.

    Reply
    • TK
      TK says:

      No one is teaching your grandkids anything like that. It says gender and gender roles, not identity. The article has it completely wrong. It’s just click bait. Read the link to see what the curriculum really says.

      Reply
      • Richard
        Richard says:

        As was said above, our district and most others are cutting valuable programs and class time due to budget constraints. No music, no art, no athletics but somehow they have the time and money to teach about a social trend that involves a minute percentage of the population? Why not bring back 4H and other tried and true programs that teach respect for creatures and often leads students into biology, zoology and other sciences?

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      • Tony
        Tony says:

        “Recognize external influences that shape attitudes about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. H2.Se3.8”

        How do you explain gender expression?

        Oh, and it does say identity… Page 40.

        Frustrating.

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    • J
      J says:

      Then teach your children medically accurate sex education at home, not knowing and abstinence only education Leads to teen pregnancy.

      Reply
  24. Frogmore
    Frogmore says:

    Personally I think sexuality should be taught by parents and not by schools. Unfortunately many parents aren’t well-versed enough themselves to teach it accurately.

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    • J
      J says:

      If you don’t like that Washington is deep blue, you can move the another state that is as red as you are, and just as ignorant.

      Reply
      • Patricia
        Patricia says:

        Or we could just let you keep pushing this perverted blue garbage until the citizen’s of this state have had enough and start voting the Democrats out of office. This might finally be the last straw.

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      • Better Reader
        Better Reader says:

        Only the I-5 corridor is “deep blue.” Most of the rest of state has people who work for a living rather than sucking off the government teat.

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  25. Romy Mobley
    Romy Mobley says:

    N, Why don’t you give ur name
    This is Romy Mobley from Louisiana
    This is wrong
    Yes as Parents we sound let our Children know things
    The Government should not step in it

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  26. Audrey
    Audrey says:

    This is not the business nor intended function of the schools. And we are FORCED to pay high taxes to support this nonsense! Where are the rights of those opposed to this imposition? I will never again vote FOR schools.

    If we can’t change the minds of the “powers that be” remove your children from these destructive PC institutions.

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  27. Jake Shelton
    Jake Shelton says:

    I hope the state understands that what their treading on is something called pedophilia. If any adult even mentions the words gender equality or sex, I’m calling the cops.

    Reply
    • Bruce
      Bruce says:

      Oh Jake really, pedophilia and gender identity have nothing to do with each other, if you want to talk to someone who,knows about pedophilia talk to a priest,or a mormon bishop They know all about it. Get the facts from a reliable source not fox entertainment.

      Reply
  28. antodav
    antodav says:

    Wait but I thought that the left has been telling us for decades that sexual orientation is something that you *can’t* choose…? o_O

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  29. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    No, this is not the schools job. This is for parents to teach. If the schools want to teach this then it is time to pull your children out and home school them.

    Reply
    • Patricia
      Patricia says:

      Even if you pull your kids out for the day or out of public school period they are still going to be surrounded by sexually precocious kids in the community. They will be playing in a world who’s rules they aren’t privy to.

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  30. C
    C says:

    This makes a very strong argument for pulling your young kids out of public school, if this becomes mandatory. Where has common sense gone? This is totally inappropriate conversation for this age group. Speak up Christians before it’s too late. Protect our children from this travesty! Sexualizing these young kids could mess them up for the rest of their lives!

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  31. Steven Eaton
    Steven Eaton says:

    Parents, Christians, get involved. Let the school board know this is not something that needs to be taught in Public Schools to impressionable children. This is child abuse in the worst way. It’s a raping of the mind.

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    • Cf
      Cf says:

      The raping of the mind is shoving religious dogma down their throats before they are old enough to form their own opinion. How is this any different?

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      • Clark Kent
        Clark Kent says:

        Cf: ‘Religious dogma’? You are lost in the Biblical sense; thus your comments are to be totally disregarded (like a blindfolded person giving directions).

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        • Bruce
          Bruce says:

          Clark, how dare you,CF’s opinion is just as important if not more important than your biblical crap throwing, there is no scientific proof that your so called god in the sky ever existed just because you believe in some fictional character doesn’t mean everyone else has to.

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  32. Pastor R
    Pastor R says:

    Schools have NO business in this realm. This is SOLELY a parental responsibility and broaching these topics directly infringe on my religious liberty.

    This is social engineering of the worst sort, plain and simple.

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    • Patricia
      Patricia says:

      I agree with Pastor R. This is not the schools business. Children don’t have a burning need to learn about this. That is your leftist ideology being foisted on them. They DO however need to learn the 3Rs to be able to function in the world. Teachers should be making time for that instead of wasting their time and the kids’ countable school days on strikes and planning days to teach this crap.

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  33. N
    N says:

    After reading this article one should make sure to follow the link to the standards because as they are written they express teaching respect for a person’s choices. It also includes a standard in identifying adults in a student’s life whom they should talk about these topics and form their opinions with. It does not teach one way of thinking nor promote one lifestyle over another. In fact, I would think people who want to help their children form their opinions on the topic would be relieved as it promotes respecting people’s opinions and identifying people like one’s parents as whom this conversation should take place with. Standards are not meant to pressure students into “choos[ing] between accepting politically correct talking points or failing assignments and being ostracized by school administrators.” An educator’s job is partially to prepare students for the real world, a world where people do have freedom of choice and our responsibility as a citizen is to respect people’s personal freedoms. Educator’s take this responsibility seriously and are very mindful not to let their own personal beliefs influence their students. A concerned parent that does not believe teachers are mature enough to handle educating their child should perhaps look into private school or homeschooling.

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    • PhilOssiferzStone
      PhilOssiferzStone says:

      Sophist bull pucky. This is foisting sexual deviancy onto impressionable children, using the power of Der Staat and Der Party — nothing less or more.

      So where’s the pushback from the legions of horrified PO’ed parents? Have they gone numb?

      Reply
    • Clark Kent
      Clark Kent says:

      You did get the ‘not teach one way of thinking’ part right. There is no thinking involved because this is state sanctioned propaganda, pure and simple, end of story. Read 1984 by George Orwell before you make another (ignorant) post.

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    • Amy Burrows
      Amy Burrows says:

      I get being respectful, but participating in someone else’s delusion is now considered education? So I can’t afford to do homeschooling or private schools for my kids right now, I also pay taxes…is that my only alternative if i dont agree with this? Are people with my “mindset” respected? This is lunacy.

      Reply
    • Elmer Jorgensen
      Elmer Jorgensen says:

      Fair enough. But, we come back to age appropriate. Elementary school is probably not age appropriate.

      Reply
      • Sallie
        Sallie says:

        I agree I could care less who sleeps with who, teach my children the basis and leave the rest to the parents.

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  34. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Many of the TEACHERS do not have the understanding nor maturity to teach this topic. The schools BARELY teach sex education…are you kidding?Insane policy.

    Reply
    • Patricia
      Patricia says:

      Allowing teachers to discuss sex with children lowers a barrier that has kept kids safe. You are automatically making the teacher a ‘safe’ person to have such discussions with. That’s not a barrier we want lowered. The teacher is virtually a stranger. Parents are the only ones who can make that choice for their kids. Not the school, the school board, or the government, and definitely not the teacher.

      Reply
  35. NO
    NO says:

    You can NOT choose your own gender – you simply are what you are. Some people do not fall under old-fashioned gender constructs, but they DO NOT CHOOSE to be that way. Your wording was very very wrong

    Reply

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