Preschool-aged children in Maryland will have lessons on gender identity under the Department of Education’s health education program. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)s Health Education Framework requires in-depth instructions regarding sex and also sexuality throughout a student’s education and learning. The division prohibits educators and administrators from being required to divulge if a student identifies as transgender to their parents.
According to the structure, pre-K pupils must “recognize and respect that people express themselves in many different ways” to meet the “gender identity and expression” requirement and acknowledge that “there are different types of families (e.g., singleparent, same-gender, intergenerational, blended, interracial, adoptive, foster, etc.)” as part of the “Family Life and Human Sexuality” section of the state’s health and wellness educational program.
Kindergarten students are expected to name “a range of ways people identify and express their gender” and agree that “it is important to treat people of all gender identities and expressions with dignity and respect.”
First, second, and third graders are all required to “recognize and respect” the numerous ways individuals might reveal their gender identities
By fourth grade, students will be asked to “identify sexual orientation as a person’s physical and/or romantic attraction to an individual of the same and/or different gender.”
The MSDE states intermediate school pupils in qualities six, seven, and also eight ought to be able to explain sexual preference and also clarify the differences between sex determined at birth, gender identification, and also gender expression.
Seventh graders (typically 11-12 years old) are expected to “identify solo, vaginal, anal, and oral sex along with possible outcomes of each” and as well as “recognize racism and intersectionality and describe their impacts on sexual health.”
Ultimately, middle schoolers in the state are called for to “describe how intolerance can affect others when aspects of their sexuality are different from one’s own” to meet the health education guidelines.
The MSDE guideline needs that by high school, students must have the ability to”identify how systemic oppression and intersectionality impact the sexual health of communities of color and other marginalized groups.”
Older secondary school trainees will obtain instruction on just how to respond to emergency situation circumstances and also be required to “examine the ways in which emergency response varies based on sociocultural and socio-political factors such as race, income, ethnicity, gender, community type (rural, urban & suburban).”
While it is vague if parents can choose their younger children out of the lessons, the guidelines state an “opt-out” option is allowed starting in the 4th grade.
“I think the bill was kind of absurd and not something that would have happened in our state,” he said.