A Virginia school district has taken the decision to scrap any notion of “biological sex” from its new sex education curriculum, replacing it with the terminology “sex assigned at birth.” But while Fairfax County Public School District officials voted overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial changes, a majority of parents oppose the action.
“A lot of the people who are opposed to the change are making the point that what we want the kids to learn is biology, not ideology,” Rev. Thomas Ferguson, of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington told NBC Washington.
Fairfax County Public Schools received some 1,318 emails about the changes. Of those, 941 emails opposed to the use of the term “sex assigned at birth,” Todd Starnes reported.
Parent Hope Wojciech was furious about the changes, which she labeled “inconsistent with human biology.”
“It is established at conception when an egg is fertilized and a new set of DNA is formed, with chromosomes XX (female) or XY (male),” she explained to the board. “This is what students are taught in biology classes and should remain consistent throughout the curriculum.”
Supporters of the new sex education syllabus argue that it is “more reflective of the human experience,” according to WTTG-TV. “They believe it is more forward-thinking and inclusive of LGBTQ and transgender students.”
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League slammed the new changes in a column at the Eurasia Review.
“The list of changes reads like a page out of the gay rights agenda, so thoroughly out of touch with reality are they,” Donohue wrote. “There are many traditional Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims—and persons of other faiths, and no faith at all—living in Fairfax County who may object to these radical proposals. Have they been briefed on them?”
School board member Elizabeth Schultz was one of two members who abstained their vote.
“The rogue Fairfax County School Board once again cast a rigged vote which ignored a stunning level of parent and the community input,” she said, according to the Daily Signal. “The level of participation in the online survey about FLE demonstrated a clear desire of parents and the community to be heard—as much as a 5,275 percent increase in the number of comments this year over responses in recent years—no, that’s not a misprint: 5,275 percent increase in input received.”
(H/T: Todd Starnes)