Teachers have apparently refused to allow parents and children to opt out of the lessons.
The book primarily in question is called Introducing Teddy… . In the story, Thomas, a toy bear, is created as a male bear, but feels repressed by gender norms and patriarchal-heterosexual systems that reduce his sexuality.
Thomas then insists that he is actually a female bear. He is supported by his friend, Errol—who doesn’t care about Thomas’ sex or sexual orientation—in his decision to transition.
The West Hartford School District has an entire “Social Justice Lesson” standards guide to be used by the teachers to advance identity politics, which contains the following interaction between Thomas and Errol:
“In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.” And Errol says, “I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.”
The guide contains a number of books designed to help teachers push children to the limits of identity politics, ensuring that they know how to classify systemic injustices and respond with appropriate affirmation.
Erika Sanzi of Parents Defending Education said that the curriculum is an obvious attempt to indoctrinate children.
“Teaching elementary students that their parents assigned them their gender at birth but may have gotten it wrong because anatomy is separate from gender is an obscene example of adults using ideology to confuse and manipulate children’s minds,” Sanzi said. “The fact that parents are not permitted to opt their children out of this content based in gender ideology is so sinister, it’s hard to believe it’s even legal.”
West Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Tom Moore did not respond to a request for comment.