HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) recently wrote a letter to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Noe Ortega about material that is targeted at young students.
A slideshow was provided to Bernstine with the “Gender Unicorn” and “Genderbread Person,” which was presented during a seminar at a local university. The purpose of the seminar was to expose the way that future teachers are learning how they could have conversations with children in kindergarten, and first and second grades.
“There is no reason to be having these conversations with such young children, and it is unacceptable,” said Bernstine. “The classroom is not the place to push this ideology onto them.”
Bernstine said that according to those at the seminar, the “Gender Unicorn” and “Genderbread Person” are meant to educate grade school students about their identity as part of an anti-bullying campaign. In addition, the lawmaker added, the material came from the United States Department of Education and was provided to PDE.
“This is simply inappropriate for children of this age, and should not be included in any curriculum,” said Bernstine. “It is not the job of the government to indoctrinate these kids to this type of graphic. These young people do not need to be confused about issues that do not relate to their age group. It is unethical.”
To read Rep. Bernstine’s letter and view the attached exhibit to Secretary Noe Orgega, click here
For more information about this, or any other state-related topic, contact Bernstine’s district office in Ellwood City at 724-752-2120. Information can also be found online at RepBernstine.com
Representative Aaron Bernstine
10th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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