School districts are embroiled in a battle over whether to teach children in kindergarten through 3rd grade about being transgender. Advocates recommend teachers read ‘Introducing Teddy’ to their young students, about a teddy bear boy who becomes a girl, calling it a ‘heartwarming story about being true to yourself’ .
Books offered to young children make gender switching a breeze. The truth is, it’s easier for teddy bears than for humans.
For honest answers about what should be taught in public schools, follow science and the US Constitution.
First, the science: over 99% of the population does not have the physical traits that make someone transgender. People with gender dysphoria – a condition that causes extreme distress – deserve empathy and respect. But only a tiny 0.6% of the adult population has them, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an LGBTQ think tank.
A proposed classroom lesson for 6-year-olds in New Jersey called “Pink, Blue and Purple” says children should learn: “You might feel like a girl even though you have body parts that some people might tell you ‘boy parts. . . . No matter what you’re feeling, you’re perfectly normal.
Normal, no. It is a rare disease. Most gender dysphoria manifests in early childhood, according to a 2020 study at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, so guidance counselors and teachers should be trained to offer support to families. But there’s no reason to bake it into the curriculum, prompting kids to choose their pronouns and confusing the 99% who don’t have the condition.
The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ+ advocacy groups ignore this science and insist that a person with “boy parts” can become a girl and vice versa.
These groups are teaming up with the National Education Association to push schools to spread this false claim, even designating national reading days where school kids are indoctrinated with lessons about transgender characters like “I am Jazz.” and “Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope.
Scientists are still debating the real causes, but there is an emerging consensus that boys’ and girls’ brains are different, and that people with gender dysphoria have a brain structure that doesn’t match their genitalia at birth. .
Transgender people process the sex hormones estrogen and androgen differently than other people. Researchers from the University of Exeter claim that gender dysphoria is caused by androgen insensitivity syndrome, in which “the testosterone receptor is mutated and defective, and therefore cannot function”.
The LGBTQ community is adamant that this condition should not be stigmatized as a mental illness. When the diagnostic and statistical manual used by American psychiatrists was updated in 2013, it changed gender identity disorder to gender dysphoria.
Trans advocates want greater acceptance. But telling young children that it’s okay for boys to become girls and vice versa is going too far. Parents rightly fear that their children will be “groomed”.
Over the past two decades, the proportion of minors identifying as transgender has climbed to 1.8%. Gender dysphoria was once a condition mostly experienced by young boys. It suddenly shifted to female-born teenagers. Lisa Littman of Brown University calls it “social contagion,” which means teenage girls imitate their friends and pretend to be trans, without displaying the classic signs of gender dysphoria that emerge in early childhood.
Children need to be protected from gender hysteria and heading headlong into the transition.
What does the US Constitution say? We have the freedom to practice our own religion. Many Christians and Jews believe that God created male and female. They don’t want their children to be indoctrinated into a belief system that claims someone born with “boy parts” can become a girl. Parents in Ludlow, Massachusetts are suing to stop the public school from teaching transgender.
They are likely to win. The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled last year that a public university in Ohio could not force a professor to address transgender students using the chosen pronouns contrary to Christian beliefs. of the teacher. This month, Shawnee State University agreed to pay the professor $400,000 to settle his lawsuit.
Transgender advocates have a right to their opinions, but they don’t have a right to brainwash our children with them.
Betsy McCaughey is a former Lieutenant Governor of New York.