Maryland’s wealthiest school district is introducing a new curriculum that features LGBTQ-inclusive books for elementary schools. The books will teach students as young as 4, words like
“intersex” and “drag queen,”
NY Post reports.
The concept was introduced in August after a professional development meeting held by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) whose goal is to,
“[Build] community with LGBTQ+ affirming picture books,”
reports reveal. Teachers are given a list of LGBTQ+ books for ages pre-K through fifth-grade classes.
“All students deserve to see themselves in their school and classroom, including students who identify as LGBTQ+ and come from LGBTQ+ headed families and have family members that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community,”
the presentation states.
“There are no planned explicit lessons related to gender and sexuality, but these books do mean that LGBTQ+ identities will be made visible. Inclusive curricula support a student’s ability to empathize, connect, and collaborate with a diverse group of peers, and encourage respect for all.”
Pre-K teachers were given a resource guide to help use supportive language such as
“cisgender,” “gender binary,” “transgender,” “pansexual” and “queer,”
when defining LGBTQ+ words. According to the outlet, students in kindergarten, ages 5 and 6, are urged to read the 2021 book,
“Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,”
which is about a wedding between two men. Each grade is given specific books to read that are intended to cater to their age group.
Teachers were also given a guide on how to respond to backlash from students and parents. MCPS staff are to explain that the readings are about
“diversity” not “anatomy.”
In a statement to Fox News Digital, MCPS disclosed that the readings won’t be forced and that they will not be scheduled for use until families are informed.
#Clique, what are your thoughts?