California's supposedly diverse and inclusive health standards excluding traditional views

California’s supposedly diverse and inclusive health standards excluding traditional views

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[TheStream.org] The California Department of Education has released a new Health Education Framework for 2019. Given that California often sets trends for the wider country, parents ought to pay very close attention to the new standards. In fact, this new framework should trouble anyone concerned about young people getting a fair and diverse education today.

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The goal of the new framework is the physical, mental and social well-being of California students. According to chapter 1, “The health of California youth may be improved by high quality health education.” We can all agree on the value of student health. My two concerns lie elsewhere.

First, the state has adopted a “progressive” view of student health that undermines a religious view of human flourishing (the views of many Christians, Muslims, Jews, Mormons and others). Second, the framework claims to be diverse, inclusive and open, but in reality it is none of these.

Before offering my concerns, it is worth noting that there is much in the new framework all Californians can applaud. Students will be taught proper nutrition, physical safety measures and injury prevention. There are even suggested activities to help students critically recognize damaging media messages. The concern comes with the systematic indoctrination of the next generation with a progressive view of sex, relationships and identity.

Sexual Education Starts Early

Here is one stated goal of the Kindergarten sex education:

“While students may not fully understand the concepts of gender expression and identity, some children in kindergarten and even younger have identified as transgender or understand they have a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth. This may present itself in different ways including dress, activity preferences, experimenting with dramatic play and feeling uncomfortable self-identifying with their sex assigned at birth. However, gender non-conformity does not necessarily indicate that an individual is transgender, and all forms of gender expression should be respected” (Chapter 3, p. 43).

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