The California Department of Education has been praised by the LGBT community for approving new education guidelines that discuss the issue of gender fluidity with kids as young as five.
Alongside explaining transgenderism to young children, the sweeping new guidelines also encourage teachers to advise LGBT teenagers on practices of safe sex and address masturbation with middle-schoolers.
“[T]he goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist,” the new framework reads, according to the National Review. However, while the LGBT community is ecstatic at the reforms, many parents have expressed their concerns over the detrimental impact of the new curriculum on impressionable young children.
In protest at the decision, hundreds of worried parents gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday carrying signs that read “stop sexualizing my kids,” “respect parental rights” and “too much too soon.” Most of those in attendance agreed that sensitive issues surrounding sexual behavior and transgenderism should be discussed in the home and not mandated by the education system.
“It’s just scary what they are going to be teaching. It’s pornography,” one mother, Patricia Reyes, told the Associated Press. “If this continues, I’m not sending them to school.”
Teachers are also rightly concerned over the new guidelines. Educators “are afraid they will be forced to teach concepts that go against their conscious, and use non-binary terms or else they could lose their jobs,” teacher and board member, Brenda Lebsack, told the Sacramento Bee.