Public schools in the state of Washington will begin teaching gender identity and gender expression to kindergarten and elementary students as soon as next year, a disturbing new report has revealed.
According to the Daily Caller, the state's Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction recently released the 2016 Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards for kindergarten to 12th grade. The standards reportedly outline instructions for teachers to introduce the teaching of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation to students.
According to the section "Self-Identity" under Sexual Health, kindergarten and first grade students will be made to "understand there are many ways to express gender."
Second graders, in turn, will "understand there is a range of gender roles and expression" and "understand importance of treating others with respect regarding gender expression." Teachers will explain to third graders that "gender roles can vary considerably" and the "importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity."
Fourth grade students will be taught to "identify how friends and family can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression," and "define sexual orientation."
Fifth graders will be taught to "describe how media, society, and culture can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression," and "identify trusted adults to ask questions about gender identity and sexual orientation."
Breitbart notes that the curriculum, reviewed by "thousands of Washington educators, administrators, professionals, parents and students," defines gender as "a social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person's assigned biological sex." It also defines gender expression as "the way someone outwardly expresses their gender, whether consciously or unconsciously" while gender identity as "someone's inner sense of their gender."
Speaking to the Christian Post, Family Policy Institute of Washington's director of communications Zach Freeman said that the standard's implementation will largely be left up to the individual teachers and schools. He warned that such guidelines directly contradict the Biblical values Christian parents attempt to instill in their children.
"They leave the methodology up to the teacher, but require that the standards and outcomes be met in the curriculum," Freeman explained. "So, although they claim the examples could be as innocent as teaching a little girl that she can wear blue, the ambiguous nature of the outcome allows for much more radical teaching, that could easily undermine the value that parents teach their children."
"Currently, the state could teach a child 31 ways to express their gender and it would still fit within the constraints of the state learning standards," Freeman stressed. "The infrastructure is in place for them to teach children whatever radical ideology they want, all before they wrap up middle school."