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Gender Identity Curriculum not a controversy locally

May 19th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Parents in some Maryland districts are pushing back against their school boards’ efforts to adopt a state health framework that instructs educators how to teach about gender identity.  The framework broadly outlines how to teach health topics by each grade level; its family life and sexuality guidelines have been the most controversial. Under the guidance, pre-kindergarten students, for example, are taught to “recognize and respect that people express themselves in different ways.” It further advises school systems to teach kindergartners how to “recognize a range of ways people express their identity and gender.” Some school districts have not yet discussed the framework- and that is the case in Allegany County. School Board president Crystal Bender emphasized that this is simply a guideline from the State Department of Education- and not a requirement…