It’s one thing to teach children about reproduction and biology in school. Most parents are understandably uncomfortable with certain topics and knowledge is power. That said, when does knowledge and education turn into propaganda that can sow confusion and evil?
In my opinion, the Department of Education’s new rules for teaching 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders about sex acts and gender identity go too far.
Part of the problem was on display in Kinnelon, NJ, where parents called the show upset and outraged that they weren’t made aware of a transgender speaker in middle school. We’ve had the conversation about “gender dysphoria” several times on the show and it’s definitely a serious condition that affects a small minority of Americans.
The first problem with the new curriculum is that it was passed in the summer of 2020 as the state was locked down and parents and families struggled to navigate the devastating economic and social crisis in all the countries.
We hear from parents throughout the morning objecting to the fact that the new program “sexualizes” the classroom and is conducted without input and in some cases without notice to parents.
I was joined by Greg Quinlan who runs a Christian organization, the Center for Garden State Families. We discussed that there is such a thing as biology, DNA, male and female.
The curriculum seems to take one position, that if a child is confused, the solution is transition. I raised the question about the presentation on the other side.
As many modern psychologists will discuss “sex assignment” at birth as if it’s arbitrary and unrelated to biology, why not hear religious leaders talk about the difference between male and female as a creation? of God ? Why is it only acceptable in a public school to accept a side? Especially a side that in many parents’ minds is politically motivated and adds confusion and anxiety to children who are already in a difficult state of mind.
I had a measured conversation with the mother of a transgender child and she didn’t completely disagree with my position.
In Florida, a bill has just been passed that prevents this kind of sexual study in elementary school. Beyond the discussion of how to help children who have gender dysphoria or otherwise struggle with gender identity, there is the issue of parental rights. Parents have a right to have a say in what is taught in schools and at present the State of New Jersey favors the opinion of the NJEA and political activists over parents. This needs to change before we can discuss how best to help children grow into strong, confident adults.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.
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