Gender is 'how a person feels,' Texas school system tells students in survey

LGBT activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall, in New York City, October 24, 2018.
LGBT activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall, in New York City, October 24, 2018. | Getty Images/Drew Angerer

School children in Austin, Texas were told on a survey that sex is what is a person is born as but gender is "how a person feels."

The questionnaire is among the latest of educational examples furthering the notion of a self-determined "gender identity" though the existence of such a thing has never been medically proven.

As reported Thursday by the Federalist, which obtained a copy of the survey through an open records request, the question was asked of students in grades 3 through 11: "Sex is what a person is born. Gender is how a person feels. Please select the response that best describes you," with the multiple choice options "I am a girl/woman," "I am a boy / man," and "I identify in some other way."

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The grammar error was in the original but apparently meant to say, "Sex is what a person is born with." The notion that sex and gender aren't the same reflects a liberal viewpoint.

This question was a new inclusion this year in the "Student Climate Survey" which has been given to students in the school district since the 2003-04 school year.

"School Climate" surveys like this one, however, are not occurring only in the Austin area but in school districts nationwide. They have been bolstered as a result of federal policy, namely, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a 2015 update to No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush's signature education reform law.

"The revamp included allowing states to show 'accountability' to the federal government on non-objective criteria such as children’s 'socioemotional learning,'" The Federalist explained.

"Non-academic school climate questions on students’ 'mindset' and 'motivations' were added to the National Assessment of Educational Progress starting in 2017, the most reliable indicator of U.S. K-12 achievement over time also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Its various subtests are administered every spring in every school district in the nation. The NAEP’s governing law clearly states that the tests may not 'evaluate or assess personal or family beliefs,' but it appears that provision is being skirted."

Surveys of this kind appear to be part and parcel of and dovetail with a trend gaining steam within the educational realm, known as Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is being implemented and pushed by federally funded organizations like CASEL, formerly the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning.

Critics say this approach to education is manipulative and designed specifically to engineer outcomes desired by educational bureaucrats and psychologically profile students with unseemly and unreliable techniques under deceptive, non-academic guises.

"Both the content and process of CASEL are statist in nature ... think of it as Groupthink 10.0: We're the government and we're here to help. The net effect is to build a collective mindset," said Stella Morabito, a Federalist senior contributor who worked in intelligence for approximately 10 years and is an expert in propaganda, in a February 2018 presentation before the Washington-based Family Research Council.

"Power elites have always utilized propaganda through psychological manipulation to coerce the masses to bend to an agenda, and over time false premises, like the notion that 'sex is assigned at birth,' slowly make their way into law, she explained," The Christian Post reported at the time.

The idea that people can self-select their gender without regard to biological sex and identify as something other that what they were born reveals one of the clearest examples of such statist intentions underlying this entire project, she went on to say. And that is because such self-constructed identities necessitate that the rest of society adhere to a new set of demands related to speech, forcing everyone to use language and pronouns where sex is either entirely erased or jumbled in confusion. As language is overhauled and destabilized, so goes rational thought, she said.

"It's not a matter of manners when you're talking about the destabilization of the entire structure of our means of communicating with each other, which are basic rules of grammar and syntax that aren't supposed to be an infinite list — which is really what it is growing to be," Morabito replied upon being asked if using someone's preferred pronoun is simply being polite.

In June, the Washington D.C.-area public school board in Fairfax County, Virginia — an influential school district in that many of the nation's school districts often follow their lead — voted to scrub the term "biological sex" everywhere in the sex ed curriculum and replace it with "sex assigned at birth," despite massive opposition from local parents.

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