Gender identity is all over the news, social and now is entering the space of our schools. Kristina addressed some core definitions and her take on the new gender identity health standards in Washington specifically. You can read her take on the issue, here.
Now, we want to provide another perspective.
I think as concerned parents and concerned moms specifically we get caught up in the heat of social media and the emotion of it all. However, in the issue of gender identity, I’m taking the other side of the coin and here are some reasons why I am freaking out about it.
- Kids are impressionable. As we look at these issues as adults it is much easier for us to approach them with critical-thinking. And, while we want to allow our children to develop critical thinking skills, introducing our children to gender identity curriculum as early as Kindergarten simply paves the way for it to become the absolute norm in their minds.
- Parents are not notified of any changes. According to the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), “Perhaps the most concerning element about the new standards, however, is that OSPI [Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction] 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.” (Find out more at this link.)
- Gender Ideology Harms Children. According to the American College of Pediatricians, “Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.” (Learn more from the American College of Pediatricians here.)
- We lose who we are meant to be. I don’t believe God makes mistakes. And instead of embracing who we are, we allow ourselves to disappear. Let’s focus on enhancing our children’s unique abilities instead of focusing on changing what doesn’t need to be changed.
- Values-neutral instruction is impossible for some subjects. Arithmetic, no problem! Sex education, a problem! It is impossible to teach subjects that involve these issues in a completely neutral way.
- It’s almost impossible to disagree. I know you’ve seen this on social media. It’s hard to have an opinion on this side of the fence because regardless of how you actually treat people you may be called hateful merely for disagreeing with their viewpoint. If your children in school don’t hold the view of the new curriculum that the schools want, they may be penalized or reprimanded.
Parents make better parents than schools and I believe first and foremost the home is the primary educator of our children in these specific issues.
Regardless of where you stand on this very controversial and important topic, a couple important things remain. We should all have the expectation of kindness and respect – ACROSS THE BOARD. No child should be bullied, made fun of or treated poorly. And, it is essential that we are having these conversations with our children. We should be having the hard discussions with them even and especially when they make us uncomfortable. I want my children to learn to respect everyone but also hold firm to the absolute truths we believe to be true. It’s a hard world we are walking in, new issues are always arising. Moms, let’s walk together, helping each other along the way, discussing these issues and listening each other well.
So, will you weigh in? Where do you stand on this issue?
We understand this is a huge topic for many families and differing opinions are always welcome, but respect and kindness are expected when commenting. We look forward to the discussion!