What do girl geckos, a transgender clownfish and boy snakes that act “girly” have in common? They are being used to teach elementary students about gender and gender role differences, including homosexuality.
Students at Redwood Heights Elementary School were required to attend these classes, even though they had little hope of actually understanding the material. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
At the end of the lesson, fourth-grader Desmond Pare thought that was no big deal.
“I think it’s about how it doesn’t matter who you are,” he said. “If you’re a girl who likes girl stuff, or a boy who like boy stuff, it just matters if you’re human.”
But that is the point. Up to a certain age, girls are interested in “girl stuff” and boys are interested in “boy stuff.” Teaching them about gender diversity in elementary school during their formative years only serves to make them question their own sexuality, not to make them think about how to get along with those who have different orientations. Such gender diversity classes, although required by state law, don’t need to be taught to children who can’t understand those differences. It should be taught no earlier than a middle school class setting.
And who’s responsible for this? Well, the group teaching this required class is called Gender Spectrum, but the $1500 funding for this came from the California Teacher’s Association.