Inside the American Classroom by Spencer Manning

It’s 2018, so we all know what that means: everyone gets offended by everything, there is public disgust towards people on the right, and there is a plethora of hate for President Donald Trump. These are all inevitable and unavoidable, and there is really nothing we can do about it. As a civil citizen, I respect and value other people’s opinions because in school I was taught that you treat others the way you want to be treated. Nowadays in school, kids are taught that men can be women, and women can be men.

Last week I was talking to a family friend who started telling me about an elementary school student they babysit and to preserve anonymity, we will call him John. John came home with a confused look on his face, claiming that he was a girl now. Upon further questioning, John informed them that earlier that day at school his teacher took time out of the day to discuss gender with John’s first-grade class. John told them how his teacher explained that boys can be girls, girls can be boys, and the two were irreversible.

Now before I continue I would like to say that these views and opinions are all my own. I perfectly understand that it is 2018 and there is a myriad of controversial topics, so educating people in my opinion, is a very effective place to start. Now what I do not understand is why it is believed that telling first graders that boys can be girls is tolerable. As one of my idols, Ben Shapiro, once said: “Why are we mainstreaming delusion?” And that is my question exactly.

The way I see it, I don’t think telling six-year old’s about highly controversial topics is the most efficient way to educate the youth of America.

In an article published on pdfs.semanticscholar.org, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Ph.D. said: “changes that occur between ages 6 and 14 are dramatic”. This means that amid the very impressionable years of young children’s lives, teachers throwing confusing and controversial information at young children who are susceptible to being indoctrinated by certain beliefs and ideas, can have major effects.

The controversial topics observed on an everyday basis are imminent, but there has to be a better way of addressing these topics than by forcing them upon children who are barely old enough to be self-aware of their gender. This can lead to massive confusion and eventually a troubled adolescence. It is in my opinion that teachers should hold back on the gender discussions with young children and instead focus on the facts. “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” -Ben Shapiro

Spencer Manning, Fort Hays State University

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