Chil­dren pulled from Cal­i­for­nia school af­ter trans­gen­der lessons

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY BRAD­FORD RICHARD­SON

Cal­i­for­nia’s Rock­lin Academy has a long wait­ing list for ad­mis­sions, but that isn’t stop­ping some par­ents from pulling their chil­dren out of the pres­ti­gious char­ter school af­ter a kinder­garten class was ex­posed to trans­gen­der “in­doc­tri­na­tion” with­out parental no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Sev­eral fam­i­lies have pulled their chil­dren out of the Sacra­mento-area school since the end of the last aca­demic year, when a male kinder­gartener was rein­tro­duced to his class as a girl and two chil­dren’s books es­pous­ing trans­gen­der ide­ol­ogy were read to the class.

Karen Eng­land, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the pro-fam­ily Capi­tol Re­source In­sti­tute, has been work­ing with Rock­lin fam­i­lies to en­act a pol­icy that would re­quire the school to no­tify par­ents be­fore con­tro­ver­sial mat­ters are dis­cussed in the class­room, but the school has re­sisted.

“There are over­all 11 fam­i­lies that have pulled their kids out of that school,” Ms. Eng­land said. “A min­i­mum of 11. There may be more — I just found out about another one to­day. A lot of par­ents are just find­ing out about this, so it’s just the be­gin­ning.”

El­iz­a­beth Ash­ford, a spokes­woman for Rock­lin Academy, con­firmed that seven chil­dren of­fi­cially have been un­en­rolled since the end of the last school year. She down­played the mat­ter, say­ing it is com­mon for chil­dren to change schools for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

“For con­text, there are 1,280 stu­dents at Rock­lin Academy el­e­men­tary, and there’s a long wait list to get in,” Ms. Ash­ford said in a state­ment. “So, [it’s] not a phe­nom­e­non.”

At the end of the last school year, a kinder­garten teacher read her class two books es­pous­ing trans­gen­der ide­ol­ogy: “I am Jazz,” by the trans­gen­der re­al­ity TV star Jazz Jen­nings, and “Red: A Crayon’s Story,” about a blue crayon that iden­ti­fies as a red crayon.

The books were read at the prompt­ing of the par­ents of a male stu­dent in the class. At some point that day, the boy left the class­room to change into girls’ cloth­ing, where­upon he was rein­tro­duced to the class as a girl.

Par­ents found out about the in­ci­dent only af­ter their chil­dren came home from school and told them about it. Some par­ents re­ported that their chil­dren were up­set by the demon­stra­tion and were afraid that they would turn into the op­po­site sex.

A school board meet­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter is sched­uled for Sept. 18.

Lost in the dis­pute be­tween par­ents and of­fi­cials at Rock­lin Academy is whether to af­firm the feel­ings of young chil­dren who ex­press a de­sire to be the op­po­site sex.

A re­port pub­lished in The New At­lantis by a pair of Johns Hop­kins re­searchers, bio­statis­ti­cian Lawrence S. Mayer and psy­chi­a­trist Paul R. McHugh, pointed to ev­i­dence that chil­dren “out­grow cross­gen­der iden­ti­fi­ca­tion” at a high rate.

A study con­ducted by Toronto ther­a­pist Ken­neth Zucker, for in­stance, found that out of 25 girls who re­ceived ther­apy to treat feel­ings of gen­der in­con­gru­ence, only three showed signs of gen­der iden­tity dis­or­der 30 years later.

Mr. Mayer and Dr. McHugh con­clude that there is “lit­tle ev­i­dence that the phe­nom­e­non of trans­gen­der iden­tity has a bi­o­log­i­cal ba­sis” or that it has “a high rate of per­sis­tence in chil­dren.”

Rock­lin Academy is not the only school by­pass­ing par­ents to teach chil­dren the pro­gres­sive view of gen­der iden­tity.

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