The Austin Independent School District in Texas approved revisions to its sexual education curriculum for third- through eighth-grade students during a meeting that started Monday night and ended Tuesday morning due to the number of concerned parents who wanted to give input on the curriculum, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Although the curriculum was unanimously approved by the board, 126 parents signed up to give their feedback on the changes. The parents were reportedly roughly split between parents speaking against the curriculum, and those who were in favor of it.
Those against the new education plan raised concerns that it gives children too much information at a young age, that it normalizes sexual behavior in children, and that it teaches information about gender identity and expression that runs counter to the beliefs and values of some in the community. . .
While shouting “trans lives matter” and “black trans lives matter,” protesters interrupted a Texas Values press conference in which people are speaking against proposed #AISD sex ed changes. pic.twitter.com/TmCAl6J8sG
— Katie Hall (@Katie_Statesman) October 28, 2019
Much of the curriculum focuses on teaching students about human anatomy and reproductive function. Other sections focus on helping students establish boundaries and learn that their bodies are their own. Students are helped to identify trusted adults with whom they can discuss these topics, whether that includes parents or others. . .
Beginning in fifth grade, students begin to learn about gender. They’re taught the difference between biological sex, gender identity (what gender a person believes themselves to be internally), gender expression (what gender a person expresses himself or herself outwardly), and attraction (what gender/sex a person is attracted to), and the ways those different things may all align or be different. (Read more from “School District Approves ‘Aggressive’ Sex Ed Curriculum for Grades 3 Through 8 Amid Protests” HERE)