I do not agree with the proposed transgender policies for Va. schools but this does not mean that I don’t care deeply for families and children who are struggling with this issue. I am a mother and have worked as a teacher in a private school.
The public schools are not the place to facilitate help for a very complex issue. Public school teachers are often overwhelmed and stressed with many challenges and the suggestions of these policies would only make life more difficult in the classroom. Calling a child the wrong “preferred pronoun” could be described as “harassment or discrimination.” Parental rights and privacy could be ignored by the school staff who try to help children explore their gender expression. This is not the role of the public school.
Studies show that most young children who are not exposed to suggestions of changing their gender ID, learn to accept their biological sex by the end of puberty. Children should be protected from social media, movies and TV that suggest such concepts are
possible....of being able to change one’s gender. The vulnerability of a child with autism or ADHD can be a factor as well.
The public school systems will have to change their high school biology textbooks. Science matters and science proves that one can not change your biological sex assigned at birth.