Target: Fairfax County School Board Member, Ryan McElveen
Goal: Thank the school board for updating its sex education curriculum to include transgender teachings.
The Fairfax County School Board has voted to include gender identity and transgender issues to their updated sex education curriculum in Virginia. The decision comes at a time when transgender issues are at the forefront of many LGBT conversations and visibility is increasing. This initiative gives the school district an opportunity to respectfully and appropriately teach middle school students about transgender and gender identity issues, given parental consent. Thank Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen for working to incorporate these issues into the curriculum.
The updated curriculum will educate middle school children on issues of gender identity and what it means to be transgender. The teachings are sure to educate students who may be struggling with their identity by providing them the necessary tools to lead an honest, healthy life. By eliminating ignorance and helping students understand one another, the curriculum will hopefully cut down on bullying as well.
Our society is ripe with differences, many of which go largely ignored in schools. This can lead to an increase in bullying and feelings of depression and hopelessness among students who feel they’re completely alone with nowhere to turn. Introducing transgender issues to the sex education curriculum will change all of this for the better.
Please sign this petition to thank the Fairfax County School District for introducing transgender issues into its sex education curriculum.
Dear Mr. McElveen,
I am so pleased to learn of the recent changes to the sex education curriculum in the Fairfax County School District. These changes could not come at a better time. Transgender and gender identity issues are frequently talked about, demonstrating a need for proper, respectful education.
It is clear the school board in Fairfax cares greatly for its students and wishes to educate them on issues they will encounter at one point or another. Eliminating ignorance and increasing discussions on various gender identities has the opportunity to significantly cut down on incidents of bullying. In addition, students who are struggling with similar issues will learn useful information that can help them in various ways.
Though this kind of education should be taught to all students, I believe giving parents the right to choose is the correct decision for the time being. We are still living in a time in which many parents do not want their children exposed to such teachings. This is unfortunate, but I feel Fairfax has made the right decision and taken an adequate step forward toward educating students on real-life issues. Thank you for incorporating transgender and gender identity studies into the sex education curriculum.
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