A Wisconsin school district is putting out a new “Human Growth and Development” curriculum that would teach sexual orientation to kindergarteners and teach third-graders about pronouns, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
The Wauwatosa School Board met to conduct an initial overview of the content and will vote for final approval later in August, according to a letter on the district’s website.
Gender identity, sexual orientation, and pronouns are covered in the third-grade curriculum, which also refers to girls as “kids who do or will menstruate.”
The objectives of the lesson plan for third grade include identifying sexual orientation, identifying the distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity, and realizing that there are disparities between the sex assigned at birth and gender identity.
The new curriculum’s lesson objectives for kindergarteners included defining gender and identifying various family structure types, such as gay parents and single mothers.
Of most concern, according to Alexandra Schweitzer, the Wisconsin president of No Left Turn in Education, is a book titled, “It Feels Good to Be Yourself” which is included in the fourth-grade curriculum.
“Your gender identity might match what people thought you were when you were born, or it might not,” the book reads. It tells a story of Alex, who is “both a boy and a girl.”
“When Alex was born, everyone thought Alex was a girl, but Alex is both boy and girl. This is Alex’s gender identity,” the book reads.
The district’s website notes that parents can opt their child out of the lessons, but Schweitzer says lessons of this type for children this young should be opt-in.
The curriculum’s standards were developed by a partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change.
Advocates for Youth’s website states “young people understand that reproductive and sexual health and rights are inextricably tied to social justice and the fight for liberation.”