Believe it or not, there is a conservative news source for the city of Boston. The New Boston Post is committed to providing those who want a conservative perspective on “all things New England.”
This news agency recently reported that Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, has in their curriculum for biology classes that humans who “change” their gender are the same as animals or plants who naturally change their composition so that the species can survive. According to the report from New Boston Post, the high school biology class in Needham asks students to limit their gendered language while studying genetics so that there is a much more “inclusive” feeling in the classroom.
Those who are critical of this curriculum call it “indoctrination.”
The New England conservative news source reported that Needham High School is also teaching in the classroom that humans have been socially conditioned to see sex and gender as binary. The same class curriculum requires the teens to use “language that removes gendered terms to talk about bodies” to make sure “people with diverse (a)sexualities, (a)genders, bodies, and (a)romantic orientations are included and respected.”
Tom Joyce wrote the report about Needham High School. He explained that educators even described the difference between “anatomical sex” and “gender identity.” The curriculum instructs teachers to define anatomical sex in this way: “Sex (sometimes called biological sex, anatomical sex, or physical sex) is comprised of things like genitals, chromosomes, hormones, body hair, and more. But one thing it’s not: gender.”
And then the curriculum gives this definition for gender identity: “Your psychological sense of self. Who you, in your head, know yourself to be based on how much you align (or don’t align) with what you understand to be the options for gender.”
To illustrate their position on these controversial issues, the curriculum focuses on non-human examples of gender variation. They point to the clownfish, the common reed frog, and the plant called ambarella. All these examples have a natural ability to change their reproductive system.
Some students interpreted the lesson as the teacher trying to tell kids that wanting to change your sex is a feeling that is common throughout nature.
The organization called “Parents Defending Education” revealed that the curriculum has a section on genetics that includes topics like “gender expression” and “attraction.”
Mary Ellen Siegler from the Massachusetts Family Institute lashed out at schools across the Bay state saying that they were teaching harmful ideology that has gone beyond being promoted in student clubs to being actively taught across all curricula. She said that schools in her state have been “overtaken” by special interest groups that are committed to advancing radical social theories.
Siegler lamented that transgenderism is now being taught as a “science” in biology classes and said we have moved to a whole new level. She maintained that biological sex is “immutable,” and to tell children otherwise is a “lie,” not science. The Family Institute director clearly said that this was not education, it was indoctrination.
So what is the Needham Public School’s response? Daniel Gutekanst, the school superintendent, defended the curriculum and said to the New Boston Post that he was proud of the programs his school offered to all students. He said that they will continue to make sure that all of their science curriculum was not only accurate but appropriately reflected the needs of a diverse student body. And he maintained that they were keeping the standards, values, and high academic expectations of the Needham community.
We will see if the community in Boston shares the values being delivered to the teens in their city.