Gender politics is one of the craziest battlefields of the 21st century. After centuries of everyone knowing there were only two genders – male and female – we suddenly have a swarm of weird activists with blue hair telling us about things like “third gender”, “agender”, “gender fluid” or “genderqueer”. What do all these terms mean? Nobody can really give a proper definition. But is that lack of clarity going to stop California teaching kindergartners about all these new genders? You’d hope so…
A few weeks ago, a rumor started circulating on social media that a new law in California would mandate the teaching of no less than FIFTEEN different genders to every five-year-old in the California kindergarten system.
- The story seems to have begun with a January 18 article on the Freedom Project website. Author Alex Newman claimed that the California Department of Education was working on a plan to teach kindergartners that there are at least 15 different genders.
- According to Newman, young kids would also be taught that it was impossible to tell if a baby was a boy or girl (or one of at least 13 other things…) because they couldn’t talk to let you know. Traditional methods of telling boys from girls don’t involve asking the baby; they just rely on old-fashioned ideas like science.
- Newman went on to say that parents wouldn’t be informed about what their kids were being taught, and wouldn’t be able to opt them out of it either.
- It seems that Newman got most of his information from an article published the day before on Faithwire. In turn, his article was turned into a viral video by the Freedom Project and quickly found a large audience.
- The problem is, the bulk of the information in the Faithwire article was wrong. The truth isn’t great by a long way, but it’s still nowhere near as bad as what Faithwire published and the Freedom Project picked up on.
- California’s State Board of Education has produced a report on gender education – but it’s about recommended reading materials for parents of first-graders, not for kindergartners.
- The report also doesn’t say there are 15 genders. It does talk about twelve terms that are used to describe the concept of gender identity, though. It’s not surprising that people got confused about this, because the language of gender politics is so confusing that only the “experts” who make it up have a clue what it’s supposed to mean.
California might be a hotbed of extreme politics, but the state is not planning to teach kindergartners that there are 15 genders. However they are pushing gender politics into the education system, so while the details of these rumors are false, the worries that drive them are justified.