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.
Yes, because saying “A few boys feel like girls, and a few girls feel like boys, and some feel like neither or both; if you meet anyone like that, be nice to them” is somehow ‘distorting the curriculum’ and terribly difficult for children to understand, apparently.
Lady, that is the kindness you perfunctorily mentioned just before that.
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.
Yeah, because kids totally wouldn’t be gay, lesbian, bi, pan etc. if it just weren’t mentioned in school.
Honey, kids will soon enough understand whether they like girls, boys, both or neither. They don’t need anyone to tell them that. What they *do* need is support in being themselves, because there are people who think that having sexual or romantic feelings for someone other than the opposite of your birth sex is somehow terrible and should be punished.
The curriculum programs don’t make children doubt their own identity, unless that identity was paper-thin to begin with, based upon nothing but ‘comphet’ and cisnormativity — meaning, ‘compulsory heterosexuality’ (the assumption that everyone is heterosexual, and the associated enforcement of heterosexual norms) and the similar assumption and enforcement of cisgender status and norms.
Be honest, what you really want is for kids to not be exposed to so much as the mere possibility that anything other than cisgender heterosexuality (CisHet) even exists, and you hope that will force them into being cishet — at least in outward practice, if not from within themselves. You don’t care that those children might be confused and endlessly frustrated due to not feeling what they ‘should’ feel and not finding themselves in the social norms they ‘should’ feel satisfied with. The only thing that matters to you is that the iron law of patriarchy is enforced, and that the old hierarchies be kept at all costs. In other words: “Know your place and obey your elders. Procreate and fit into the 1950s family ideal, for everything else is worthless at best.”
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.
Hey, I’d be all for more representation for the achievements of asexual (ace) and aromantic people! But, somehow, I doubt that this is what you had in mind.