Have you read the story about the school district in North Carolina that had introduced a book titled “Jacob’s New Dress” as part of the curriculum for first graders? Reading stories written by multiple news outlets we thought the easiest way was to provide a summary. But the real question is: What do you think?
The book with pricing and description can be found at Amazon (among other locations). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IU8CT94/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The book publisher is Albert Whitman: https://www.albertwhitman.com/book/jacobs-new-dress/
Basically the school board in question determined that first graders should be taught about gender and believed that a little boy wearing a dress was appropriate and a good vehicle to send the message of inclusion. The division in views seems to center around whether children that young even recognize or understand gender differences from an adult sense or not. Do they? Should they be initiated into the topic at 6 years of age?
Parents and lawmakers raised concerns and the school board backed off…sort of. Apparently the school board is now coming back demanding something similar. The rhetoric centers around diversity; gender identify; inclusion; fairness and such. Those on the liberal side are supporting the book and message while those of a conservative persuasion say no.
In Washington State an appointed commission said males and females can go into the opposite sex’s facilities of they “self-identify” as the opposite sex. OSPI (State Superintendent of School’s Office) has suggested (under the prior administration) that gender identify should be taught starting in kindergarten…watch for the move starting in 2018.