Starting in the fall of 2017, public schools in Washington state will begin teaching students as young as kindergartners about transgenderism.
The Daily Caller reports that the state recently made changes to their health education learning standards, revising them to include instruction about gender expression.
A part of the sexual health curriculum titled “Self-Identify” will begin in kindergarten where students will be taught to “Understand there are many ways to express gender.”
Students will be taught that gender expression is subjective to individual preference and is not restricted to biology.
By the time they reach third grade under the new curriculum, students will be expected to “Explain that gender roles can vary considerably” and “Understand [the] importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity.”
The state’s health education glossary officially defines gender as “A social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex.” Additionally, gender expression is defined as “The way someone outwardly expresses their gender.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has yet to issue a press release to officially inform the public of these changes to the education curriculum.
The OSPI admitted that it did not know what would happen if a student refused to complete an assignment in the new curriculum if it went against his or her beliefs.
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Publication date: June 3, 2016