How to Teach Kids About Sex and Gender

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There has been a great deal of controversy in recent months around what exactly our schools should or shouldn’t be allowed to teach, in relation to topics of sex, gender, and identity. And of course one of the central fault lines for this particular culture war runs directly through the state of Florida, where a recent “parents rights” bill was passed by Governor DeSantis — which the left characterizes as a “don’t say gay” bill that is in effect limiting speech in the classroom.

This particular battle has become incredibly heated, as the left accuses advocates of the bill as being homophobic, transphobic, sexist, etc. Meanwhile, the right is labeling the bill’s critics as being “groomers”, or even outright pedophiles.

Here is what the relevant part of the bill says:

“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

So what exactly are “developmentally appropriate, age-appropriate” ways to teach kids about sex, gender, and identity — not only for kids in kindergarten through third grade, but throughout the rest of childhood and adolescence? Which aspects are more appropriate to teach at home, and which are appropriate to teach at school? Watch as Dr. Keith and Corey share their thoughts!

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Dr. Keith Witt

About Keith Witt

Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, CA. for over forty years. Dr. Witt is also the founder of The School of Love.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.