This school system isn’t just accepting gender differences; it’s teaching about them

This school system isn’t just accepting gender differences; it’s teaching about them

To hell with the American College of Pediatricians, which issued a position paper earlier in February titled “Gender Ideology Harms Children.” And to hell with Dr. Paul McHugh, former chief of psychiatric medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, who has argued persuasively that transgenderism is a mental disorder.

That’s more or less the posture of the liberal left (aka the “party of science”), which is leaping headlong into embracing the view that the Ts in LGBT are the fighting the latest struggle for equality and acceptance, much as blacks did before them. President Obama is front and center among them, having taken such bold steps as to appoint a transgender woman to serve on his advisory council on faith-based neighborhood partnerships.

The nation’s schools are also retooling their policies to make sure that little Johnna (né Johnny) is not harassed by other kindergartners for suddenly showing up in a skirt.

One school district has gone so far as to rewrite its curriculum to include lessons on the “fact” that there’s no such thing as a 100% boy or a 100% girl. Fox News’s Todd Starnes writes:

Fairfax County [Va.] Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.


The plan calls for teaching seventh graders about transgenderism and tenth graders about the concept that sexuality is a broader spectrum.

This is nothing new for schools, which have long been at the vanguard of sex education, teaching children as young as eight how to apply a condom and how to masturbate.

Now students in Virginia “will be provided definitions for sexual orientation terms heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality; and the gender identity term transgender…. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding that there is a broader, boundless, and fluid spectrum of sexuality that is developed throughout a lifetime.” [Emphasis added]

Apart from the lack of hard science to back up these feel-good notions, some logical conundrums arise. Take, for example, the commonly rehearsed argument that homosexuality is purely biological, that gays are hard-wired at birth to prefer the company of members of the same sex. How, if that is the case, can sexuality also be “fluid”?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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