A prestigious California private school is facing criticism after its curriculum reportedly taught first-grade children that gender is a choice.
What are the details?
According to KUSI-TV, teachers at posh La Jolla County Day School in La Jolla, California, are educating students on gender, stating that the concept is a mere choice.
The station reported that many concerned parents reached out to the network to describe what they say is the school pushing a “leftist ideology.”
One parent told the station that teachers assigned the children’s book titled, “It Feels Good to Be Yourself.”
The book says, “Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between,” according to KUSI.
In remarks, Payton Hobbs — head of the institution’s lower school — confirmed that the book was shared with students.
“[T]he focus of the lesson [redacted] mentioned is connected to concept of Dignity and its meaning here at LJCDS,” Hobbs said in a statement. “During the lesson, they discuss ‘acceptance of identity’ as an aspect of our Dignity model. Students are also provided time to talk about what this means to them.”
“[A]fter this initial discussion, they read ‘It Feels Good to Be Yourself’ by Theresa Thorn which focuses on gender identity,” the statement continued. “Afterwards, the team takes questions from the students, and talk a bit about pronouns.”
The station reports that the school tuition is nearly $30,000 per year for students K-4.
The school made headlines in November after one official reportedly told a student to remove their “offensive” Make America Great Again hat.
At the time, KUSI reported:
KUSI News has obtained an email sent to all staff from La Jolla County Day’s Head of School, Gary Krahn.
The controversy that emerged from Krahn’s email to LJCD staff is in regards to one of their students showing up to school wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Krahn’s email reads, “We also had a student wear a MAGA Hat today. I have talked with that student who now understands why that hat is offensive to our community. He will not wear it again. In addition his mom said that she is embarrassed by his actions. She will fulfill her role as a parent. We will continue to grow as a community that sees and values the dignity of all people.”
(H/T: The College Fix)