Parents Defending Education previously reported on a proposed curricula for the Wauwatosa School District that would teach children as young as kindergarten about gender identity and transgender issues. Fox News reported that the district’s school board voted in favor to approve the curricula on August 22, 2022. A concerned community member reached out to PDE and provided another lesson included in the school district’s new curricula that will be taught to students in the fifth grade. This lesson is titled “So, THAT’S How Babies Are Made!” and explains “sexual intercourse” in-depth with fifth grade students. The lesson explains fertilizing an egg through “penis-vagina sexual intercourse, artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization.”
Rather than use the terms “men” and “women,” the lesson uses the phrases “one partner has testicles and one has ovaries” and “someone with a uterus.” Teachers are then provided the following statement to tell students:
Artificial or alternative insemination is when a healthcare professional helps someone become pregnant without them having penis-vagina sexual intercourse. The health care provider might insert sperm-filled semen into a vagina to try to create a pregnancy, or, they might take an egg from an ovary and insert sperm into it to fertilize that egg. Then that egg is placed up into the uterus in the hope that it will attach itself to the wall of the uterus, again, called ‘implantation.’
The teacher is then provided the following question to ask students: “Can anyone think of a reason why someone might choose one of these methods instead of penis-vagina sexual intercourse?” The teacher is then encouraged to “probe” for specific answers from students that include discussions of someone not wanting “to have penis-vagina intercourse” or if a “lesbian couple” intends “to have a baby and one partner wishes to become pregnant.” Teachers are encouraged to “probe” for the following answers:
- If a different-sex couple (one partner has testicles and one has ovaries) is trying to have a baby, and after trying a number of times it hasn’t happened, and they need some help.
- If a different-sex couple (one partner has testicles and one has ovaries) wants to have a baby together, but either the partner with testicles’ sperm has a challenge swimming up into the fallopian tubes, or the partner with testicles doesn’t make enough sperm.
- If a person with a uterus is 40 years old or older, it can be more challenging to become pregnant; therefore, they may choose one of these methods in order to increase their chances of success.
- If someone with a uterus wants to carry a pregnancy, but either does not have a partner with a penis and testicles, or does not want to have penis-vagina intercourse in order to become pregnant.
- If a lesbian couple, or a couple in which both partners have a uterus, wants to have a baby and one partner wishes to become pregnant.