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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

'Queer all school year'

Teaching that there are all kinds of families is fine with most parents. Photo: Wix

Boys and girls, today we're going to learn that there is no such thing as boys and girls.

Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, is training teachers in how to implement a "radical gender-theory curriculum," writes Christopher F. Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, in City Journal.

He links to documents on the effort, which encourages teachers "to work toward the 'breakdown of the gender binary,' to experiment with gender pronouns such as 'they,' 'ze' and 'tree,' and to adopt “trans-affirming” programming to make their classrooms 'queer all school year'.”

In . . . “Queering Culture & Race,” the Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity office encouraged teachers to adopt the principle of intersectionality, a key tenet of critical race theory, and apply it to the classroom. First, administrators asked teachers to identify themselves by race, gender, and sexual orientation, and to consider their position on the identity hierarchy. The district then encouraged teachers to “avoid gendered expressions” in the classroom, including “boys and girls” and “ladies and gentlemen,” which, according to queer theory, are vestiges of the oppressive gender binary.

Diversity bureaucrats do warn that Muslim and black parents may not want their children "queered."

The new teaching materials include Woke Kindergarten videos encouraging five-year-olds to experiment with nonbinary gender pronouns and identities that 'feel good to you',” reports Rufo. (The consulting firm promotes "abolitionist early education and pro-black and queer and queer and trans liberation."

When I was in elementary school, most girls wanted to be horses. Species fluidity wasn't a thing then, so they didn't really expect to become horses. But they had their dreams. I was gender-nonconforming because I didn't want to be a horse, and I briefly wondered why I was different. But not for very long.

Teachers must "keep the student’s gender identity a secret from parents if the student so desires," writes Rufo.

California law requires children to be taught about gender expression and identity, but schools have a lot of discretion, report Howard Blume and Melissa Gomez in the Los Angeles Times.

The state-approved social science framework tells teachers to use “age-appropriate” materials to discuss and teach about the “the diversity of humankind.” For example, "state guidelines note that second-graders, by studying the stories of 'a diverse collection of families,' including those 'with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parents and their children . . . can both locate themselves and their own families in history and learn about the lives and historical struggles of their peers.”

I suspect most principals and teachers will follow their common sense, rather than the training. If they do teach gender and sexuality lessons that don't reflect parents' values, Los Angeles Unified will lose even more students, accelerating the district's decline.

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