Vermont’s progressives like to be first at new stuff. Yet progressive theories, including those of the eugenics movement, often prove to be misguided. (
The Vermont education system is now at the forefront of a similar fiasco, parading as gender “theory,” even as many in Europe are backing away from this rush to novel and un-scientific dogma. It is to be hoped that in time (as with the eugenics movement, and lobotomies), the science will work its way through.
Vermont’s entire education system has decided for parents and citizens alike that a newfangled transgender belief system is now law and will be taught. In its Continuing Best Practices Regarding Transgender and Nonconforming Students, enlightened technocrats explain:
The procedures are based on the following core principles of educational access and equity for all students: 1. All students have a gender identity which is self-determined.
That’s quite a leap of scientific belief: that all children can “self-determine” what gender they are without regard to biological reality. If public schools owe any duty at all to their charges, there should be ample science to support this new worldview. But there is not — only laughable perversions of scientific inquiry.
It appears Vermont’s Agency of Education knows this full well, and is thus imprinting this novel guff on young children without alerting or conferring with parents. It’s like their little secret with the kids:
Except as set forth herein, school personnel should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), only those school employees with a legitimate educational need should have access to a student’s records or the information contained within those records. Disclosing confidential student information to other employees, students, parents, or other third parties may violate privacy laws, including but not limited to FERPA.
From a legal standpoint, this is particularly rich — the state of Vermont has invoked federal laws created to ensure parents know what is in their children’s records to instead deprive parents of crucial information about their children. It is something out of Orwell, where slavery equals freedom, war equals peace, and statutes designed to protect parents’ rights are flipped in order to erase them. FERPA is not for kids and teachers; it is for parents:
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”
The rights accrue to the parents, and specifically not to students until they are 18, but Vermont invokes FERPA to instead shield parents from knowing their children are being led down a path to “have a gender identity which is self-determined.” Apparently the NEA and other activists who coerced Vermont’s Department of Education to implement this “gender theory” as law never considered what the lawsuits would look like when aggrieved parents bring suit. Was the Attorney General’s Office consulted, or did they just rubber stamp this legal position in alignment with their endorsement of Planned Parenthood? (PP profits immensely from administering gender therapies, and Vermont’s AG has a clear pattern of partnering with Planned Parenthood.)
Will courts allow government agencies to apply laws against parents which by their very terms were designed to protect them? And why isn’t species dysphoria included? (The condition where children “have a species identity which is self-determined.”) The nouveau “science” claims “identity doesn’t have to be narrowly human.” Are children with species dysphoria being excluded, or is there a scientific (biological) distinction between species dysphoria and gender dysphoria?
Examining the scientific case for gender and species dysphoria quickly reveals that the science (like the laws) used in Vermont schools to condition children behind parents’ backs is complete bunk. It doesn’t exist biologically, only in the “social” sciences, which is to say it is not science. But even in biology, proponents of this bizarre belief attempt to justify their perverse destruction of minds and lives with weak attempts at scientific justification that actually disprove all they claim.
A nationally-employed library of materials for a “gender-inclusive biology” offers “ready-to-use lessons” and “a reflection framework for adopting curriculum” to assist teachers who impart this novel theory to children in the faux name of scientific study. (Parents may wish to know what a “reflection framework” is. Such newly coined phraseology routinely accompanies these perverse initiatives, to dress up what is unconscionable as something professional or academic. In the current context, Vermonters require a “reflection framework” to weigh what has been implemented by those entrusted to nurture and safeguard others’ children.)
The gender-inclusive biology site begins with the statement that “these questions are new to everyone,” acknowledging how novel this area of scientific inquiry is. Yet, parents are not allowed to ask any new questions about gender or they will be alienated from their own children as “unsupportive.” Equally ironic, the site claims that encouraging gender diversity is “the right thing to do,” sounding more like a moralizing new age church than scientific inquiry. Following the science and material facts — that has always been considered “the right thing to do”: scientifically.
But there is no real science to support gender theory. In science, a theory is not law until proven by experimentation and inquiry, which are verboten here. Stretching hysterically to find scientific justification for children to re-imagine themselves with a biological gender (or species) that is not and never can be scientifically or biologically attained by them, gender theory dreamers attempt to squeeze the absurd into the scientific. My next commentary will discuss the actual science of gender immutability, and the bend-over-backwards mental somersaults being employed to mascarade transgender theory as “scientific” in public schools.
Perhaps it should be called what it is: trans-science. It transcends boundaries of logic, scientific method and reason as well as biological facts. It is as much true science as Dylan Mulvaney is truly a woman.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2023. All rights reserved.