Washington state Democrats are pushing for House Bill 2184 which would require public school students, including kindergarteners, to be provided "comprehensive sexual health education" from 2022 onwards.
Washington state Democrats are now pushing for a bill that would require public school students, including kindergarteners, to be provided "comprehensive sexual health education" starting 2022. Despite being rejected by the public, House Bill 2184 cosponsored by State Representatives Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver) and Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), was created due to an apparent equity issue and in an attempt to ensure that all students get access to information, the lawmakers decided to include lessons addressing affirmative consent and the needs of LGBTQ+ students. "In accordance with the requirements in this section and any recommendations of the sexual health education workgroup established in the 2019-2021 omnibus operating appropriations act that are enacted by the legislature, every public school shall provide comprehensive sexual health education to each student by the 2022-23 school year," reads the bill.
In 2019, a Comprehensive Sexual Health Education workgroup (CSHE) was created by the Office of Superintendent to evaluate the sexual health curriculum requirements of districts in the state, according to DailyWire. A portion of their work required them to conduct a survey that was answered by more than 10,000 respondents. The survey found that 54 percent of the respondents felt that sex education should not be required for students between K-5. Following this, a document was submitted by the CSHE arguing that learning about sex from a young age was important because the "social emotional needs of our youngest students must be addressed for prevention of future challenges." The CSHE rejected the views of thousands of respondents saying that this was "an issue of equity and would help to ensure all students across the state receive quality, evidence-informed instruction, regardless of who they are or where they live."
Kindergarten age children do not need to learn about this stuff. https://t.co/EyiOOiDw5E— Mary Wireman (@rmwire) 21 January 2020
During a House Education Committee hearing, State Representative Michelle Caldier (R-Bremerton) warned the CSHE for their lack of ideological diversity. "I think that sometimes, you know in politics and when we’re making decisions. that it’s very easy to surround ourselves with people who just agree with us and I think that if the work group just had conversations and no disagreement, that really concerns me because I know there’s a lot of disagreement for that," she cautioned. "And I would encourage you guys to go back and really listen to the people who disagree and come back with something better." Recognizing the bias, Laurie Dills from the Office of Superintendent said, "we were exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints around the state."
The curriculum which aims at being inclusive treats biology secondary to one's identity. As for kindergarten teachers, the syllabus begins with slow-walk concepts on transgenderism, warning them that, "This lesson does, however, acknowledge that ‘there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have. Being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people, this is how their bodies are." Educators of Grade 1 are required to instruct their six and seven-year-old pupils to read 'My Princess Boy' before proceeding with the concept of reproduction.
WA resident here. This bill is poorly named. Nobody is trying to teach sex ed to kindergartners, but instead starting young with age-appropriate principles of consent.— Lindy🌨 (@LindayForDayz) 21 January 2020
The description of this book on Amazon reads: Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy. For older students, the curriculum gets more advanced with lessons that include how biological makes are "assigned" a gender at birth. What is your opinion on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.