K-12 Gender Identity Standards : Washington State Schools to Teach Kids About Gender ExpressionBy Sarah T., UniversityHerald Reporter
Many Washington parents were surprised when they learned that teachers in public schools will teach kids in kindergarten about gender expression and identity.
Kaeley Triller Haver is a Washington parent, and transgender bathroom debate is not new to her anymore. She is one of the parents who was surprised when she found out that Washington public schools will adopt a new set of health education standards, earlier this month.
The new set of health education includes teaching kindergartners about gender expression and identity. What makes Haver shocked about the news is that she was not involved, Daily Signal reported.
The Washington mom said she only learned this news on Facebook. The curriculum will start in kindergarten, for her, this is an important information to her kid's life.
The new gender identity guidelines that adopted by Washington in March is a part of the state's updated health and physical education standards. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced the changes on Facebook, however, it did not mention the gender identity guidelines. thus it makes unnoticed by parents and media.
A reporter of Daily Caller named Peter Hasson, stumbled upon the guidelines while he was doing a research. In Hasson's article, he wrote that in 2017, Washington state public schools will start teaching kindergarten about gender expression. One of the components of sexual health that will be introduced to kids is titled "Self-Identity," where students will be taught that there many ways to express gender.
After his article published, citizens and parents of Washington expressed outrage Some of them wrote on Facebook that they removed their kids form public school.
In previous months, US President Barack Obama's administration proclaimed the bathroom policies. In March there were letters sent to public schools nationwide that mandate allowing transgender students into sex-segregated facilities based on their gender identity.
In March there were letters sent to public schools nationwide that mandate allowing transgender students into sex-segregated facilities based on their gender identity.