Conservatives Blow a Gasket Over School Teaching Gender In Animal Kingdom

Should we file this one under Don’t Say Evolution? The alarming trend of conservatives pretending that things that displease them don’t exist continues this week with a story out of Oakland, California.

Redwood Heights Elementary School’s biology lesson on gender diversity within the animal kingdom has become national news, with attorney Kevin Snider of the Pacific Justice Institute claiming, “This instruction does not represent the values of the majority of families in Oakland.”

Seriously? The majority of families in Oakland don’t believe in 4th grade biology?

Snider, and several parents at the school took umbrage with teachers bringing up single-sex Hawaiian geckos, male snakes that behave like female snakes do, and the ability of some fish to switch genders. (Shout out to all you seahorses reading Unicorn Booty under the sea!)

SFGate reports:

“That’s a lot of variation in nature,” Gender Spectrum trainer, Joel Baum, told the students. “Evolution comes up with some pretty funny ways for animals to reproduce.”

And that same kind of diversity applies to people too, said Baum, the education director for the San Leandro nonprofit. For example, some boys can act like girls; some girls can have boy body parts; and some biological boys feel like a girl inside their hearts, he said.

“It turns out that there are not just two options,” he said.

And that, said representatives from the conservative Pacific Justice Institute, was the problem.

These Oakland children will be told there are more than two genders, the organization advised the media in a press release last week.

Well, no…that’s not really at all what teachers were saying that day. Maybe it’s just the inner geek in me bubbling my coke bottle glasses and hair parted down the middle back up, but I remember science class as being the hands down best part of my day in school.

Learning about how platypuses were technically still mammals, how mollusks produced pearls, how amphibians straddled the line between fish and reptiles – these were the big ideas that inspired me as a child and excited me in school.

And students at Redwood Heights seem to agree with me.

“Earrings used to be something only girls and pirates wore,” Baum said to fourth-grade giggles. And what’s on the outside doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s on the inside, he said.

“People can feel like girls,” he said.”They can feel like boys. They can feel like both, and they can feel like neither.”

At the end of the lesson, fourth-grader Desmond Pare thought that was no big deal.

“I think it’s about how it doesn’t matter who you are,” he said. “If you’re a girl who likes girl stuff, or a boy who like boy stuff, it just matters if you’re human.”

Thank goodness these fourth-grade children are more sensible, compassionate, and interested in learning than the conservative overlords who are attempting to censor their education. This trend of pretending that different types of people, and now animals, don’t exist is getting out of control.

Thoughts?

  • Dan Pack

    What the hell is a “Gender Spectrum” trainer doing teaching science??? This wasn’t a science lesson.

    Just as intelligent design and creationism have no place in a science classroom, this kind of propaganda has no place in the science classroom. 

  • Viktor777

    I wonder if you’d say the same for the spectrum of sexual orientation…

  • There are thousands of examples of natural gender flexibility and orientation spectra in nature. There are homosexual swans, bonobos, and West Indian manatees, frogs and fish that change gender, etc.  It’s a pity that this runs counter to the bigoted fantasy beliefs of some folks who choose to pretend that the Bible isn’t a work of fiction, but as even the Pope was forced to admit to Galileo reality has a well-noted left-wing bias.

  • Some of us think it’s important to reach out to the children when they’re young, to teach tolerance and a broader perspective than black/white male/female dichotomy, particularly these days when so much intolerance and hatred is being taught in the name of somebody’s “faith.”

    OR we’re trying to indoctrinate them into the Gay Agenda at a young age so we can proceed with the socialist destruction of God’s Holy America.  Take your pick.

  • Stephanie Timmons

    *Shakes head sadly.*

  • Anonymous

    Um, GenderSpectrum would be considered science. e.g. Biology.

  • next up teaching criminals “dont say cops”  and teaching cops “dont say marijuana murder, rape, or child molestaition”

  • Crystal Henze

    I think this school choose a wonderful method to handle teaching young children to be accepting about the differences between individuals be it in the human or animal kingdom 

  • Spencer Bowden

    Somebody please slap them with a science book

  • Spencer Bowden

    This is my whole point about being gay isn’t a choice or a mistake if God really felt like homosexuality was wrong then why do animals who operate solely on instinct show signs of homosexuality and gender bending??? Would someone please answer this question for me? If its okay for animals to have gay sex and change there gender and even depend upon it for survival then why is it not okay for humans??? Let us not forget that the Sodom and Gomorrah story the Christians all like to shout as proof that gods hates gays wasn’t caused by the sin of homosexuality but by the sin of in-hospitality and any bible scholar worth his or her salt will tell you that!