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Schools Hide Kids’ Gender from Parents

by | Sat, Aug 26 2023

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More than 1,000 school districts across the United States refuse to tell parents if their child shows signs of gender dysphoria at school. That represents more than 18,000 public schools and 11 million students according to advocacy group Parents Defending Education (PDE). The vast majority of those school districts (593) are in California.

Their school policies mandate that they keep students’ gender identities a secret from parents and permit or advise staff to withhold any information about their child’s desire to identify as transgender or non-binary. The Christian Post reports a  recent study found that many school districts also allow students to alter their name and gender pronouns without parental consent.

PDE says these policies are driving a wedge between parents and their children. Breitbart News writes that “The expansion shows the growing reach of advocates for the transgender ideology. They claim that the government must treat each person’s self-described ‘gender’ as more important than their biological sex.”

“I am grateful to Parents Defending Education for their attempt to quantify this problem,” Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for education studies at the Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand. “It is important to support with evidence what many parents know by instinct or experience: Our educational system that is supposed to work with parents will often work around parents instead. Parents need to assume they will be deceived by their school if their child makes a gender identity declaration to a teacher or counsellor at school,” she asserted.

Commonly called Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Policies, such dictums have been the subject of controversy and protest across the US with parental rights organisations such as Moms for Liberty and Mama Grizzly forming to combat the policies and others like them. “If we have the ability to do so, we must engage with people and systems that view this parental deception as good for children,” Ms. Kilgannon said of the role of parental rights groups. “Obviously, something is very wrong if some people can believe the answer is government first, parents second or never.”

A 2021 study strongly suggests that ‘social contagion’ is a factor in teenagers and young adults identifying as transgender. Research published by the Trevor Project found that over one in four (26%) of American LGBT+ youth identify as non-binary. An additional 20% said they are not sure or are questioning if they identify as non-binary.