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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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Guest
Jul 26, 2022

Time to go back to the one-room school house where a teacher had a mixed group of students of various ages and where the older students helped the teacher teach the younger students and everyone leaned the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic! At the end of the school day students went home to help with chores! My grandfather was a midwestern school superintendent who taught in a one room school house. He often engaged my mind when I visited him as a pre-schooler.

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Jul 26, 2022
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A very stupid idea for the modern world. It would only hurt the children whose parents made the choice and would help all of the tiger moms who understand the importance of education.

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Jul 25, 2022

The 28 southern California cities in which LAUSD buildings can be found should prepare themselves for that district's demise, at which time they will likely take over its assets (its buildings) and educate its students -- or contract with a local educational agency to do the same -- while the state, which has sponsored this district's irresponsibility, should be forced to takeover the intellectual, moral, and fiscal bankrupt's debts.

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Guest
Jul 24, 2022

"First, administrators asked teachers to identify themselves by race, gender, and sexual orientation...".


All questions that cannot be asked during a job interview, BTW.

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Guest
Jul 24, 2022

"I suspect most principals and teachers will follow their common sense" Seeing what has gone on in schools these past 10 years or so... What evidence do you see that would indicate that anyone has any common sense left in the educational field?

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