With the way social justice warrior progressive ideology has seized American education, it is sometimes difficult to believe that the entire planet isn’t in its grip. A quick glance at the news from Peru provides some relief.
The Catholic News Agency reports that the Peruvian government is withdrawing a national curriculum that it just put in place last year that deals with “gender ideology.”
Parents groups organized marches that involved over a million people to “demonstrate against a progressive gender ideology.” Per the article, the government also received pressure from Roman Catholic bishops and other Christian groups.
Peru’s Department of Education went ahead with the new curriculum despite the misgivings of parents and clergy, and the country’s Superior Court of Justice ruled for a lawsuit that claimed the Department was “an attempt to indoctrinate schoolchildren.”
The groups opposed to the curriculum were railing against “pernicious expressions” that mostly involved the idea of gender “construct.” In the hands of progressives, gender has become something malleable and free-form that can be molded by the whims of a seven year-old child. It’s a pop psychology fancy that millions treat as settled science.
One school system in the U.K. sent letters to parents asking that they please “support” their children “to choose the gender they most identify with.”
This was supposed to be asked of children as young as four.
In Canada, a parent who uses the pronoun “they” for everyone and self-identifies as a “non-binary trans person,” tried to get the government to avoid delineating her child’s gender on the birth certificate so “they” could be free to choose whenever “they” felt like doing so.
These examples show how quickly misbegotten social justice concepts can take hold in the general public. A conversation about four year-old children “choosing” a gender for themselves upon entering school would have been practically unthinkable fifteen years ago. It is one thing to have a few radical parents espousing fringe ideas, but the fact that they’re part of public education already is truly disturbing.
The Peruvian government will reinstate a previous curriculum with an earlier one that wasn’t as problematic, but still makes some groups uncomfortable.