Militant transgender advocates are imposing their agenda with
uncompromising zeal on schoolchildren.
That’s fine with President Joe Biden. His administration announced
this month that by April, it will enhance the legal entitlements of
transgender public-school students, with new guarantees regarding
access to bathrooms, locker rooms and sports competitions.
These issues grab the headlines, but they’re less harmful to most
students than the damage being done by the distortion of the school
curriculum. From the youngest age, students are being brainwashed
with gender ideology.
Children — as young as 5 — are being encouraged to disregard their
anatomy and choose their gender based on their feelings.
Last week, a California mother raged at the Spreckels Union School
District board for allowing teachers to coach her 12-year-old
daughter on becoming a boy, choosing a boy’s name and hiding the
plan from the family.
A book school libraries offer for kids ages 4 to 8 reads, “This is
Ruthie. She is a transgender girl. That means when she was born
everyone thought she was a boy. Until she grew a little older — old
enough to tell everyone that she’s actually a girl.”
Gender dysphoria — a rare medical condition that makes people feel
mismatched with their sexual anatomy — occurs in about 0.6 percent
of the adult population, according to the UCLA School of Law’s
Williams Institute. Anyone afflicted should be treated with kindness
and offered medical help.
It first appears in childhood, but with so few children affected,
the curriculum should not be distorted for everyone. Elementary-
school teachers are putting words on the blackboard like “nonbinary”
and “transgender” even before kids have learned multiplication.
But Maine’s Department of Education reports that between 13 percent
and 18 percent of public high-school students say they’re “lesbian,
gay, bisexual or unsure” of their sexual identity. It’s no wonder
when the curriculum programs them to doubt their identity. In school
it’s cool to be anything but heterosexual.
Maine requires public-school teachers to explore the achievements of
LGBTQ+ individuals, not just in health class but also in history and
social studies. That’s indoctrination since teachers are not asked
to do the same for the celibate, for example.
This indoctrination offends many Christian and Jewish parents. Most
Christians say that whether someone is a man or woman is determined
by their sex at birth, according to Pew Foundation research (which
did not cover Muslims, who’d likely agree), while agnostics and
atheists are more likely to go along with gender ideology. In the
document “Male and Female He Created Them,” the Vatican rejects
Public schools shouldn’t be taking sides. But in Maine, and many
other states, they are.
On Dec. 8, when the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case
involving Maine’s public schools, the state’s attorney, Christopher
Taub, insisted that they’re “religiously neutral.” That’s a laugh.
Justice Samuel Alito was skeptical, asking Taub if he’d say that
about schools that teach critical race theory. Taub ducked the
question. Alito would have been even more on the mark asking about
Maine’s transgender curriculum. It’s the left’s new religion, and
there’s nothing neutral about it.
Where do parents go for help stopping this propagandizing? Sorry,
not to the American Civil Liberties Union, despite its century-long
record protecting the free exercise of religion. Lately, the ACLU
has demoted religious rights, putting them below transgender rights.
The ACLU declares that “religion is being used as an excuse to
discriminate against others.”
The International Olympic Committee is also kowtowing to transgender
apostles. Last month, the IOC announced it’s recommending
eliminating any tests whatsoever — including of testosterone levels
— for transgender athletes to compete in women’s events. Fairness be
Don’t count on Biden. He’s already told the transgender crowd that
“your president has your back.” His administration is unlikely to
strike a middle ground that respects the majority as well as the
Truth is, if students are to be educated, rather than indoctrinated,
parents will have to stand up to the transgender militants. No one
else has the nerve.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.