(The Center Square) – A viral video clip from a documentary being shown to daycare owners in North Carolina to teach gender identity to young students has drawn sharp criticism online.
Washington Free Beacon social media director Jordan Chamberlain on Tuesday shared a clip from the documentary “Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years,” sponsored by the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children will.
“This has been shown to daycare owners in NC. A teacher used a doll to teach gender identity to 4-5 year olds,” Chamberlain tweeted. “When a child brings up ‘non-binary,’ teachers say that’s ‘a great testament to how much we’ve talked about it in the classroom,’ and ‘it’s a constant conversation.'”
According to Chamberlain, the video “was shown at a training session hosted by the NC Association for the Education of Young Children.”
The clip features teacher Maddie Piper speaking to several young children while using a doll to steer the conversation towards gender identity, as well as Piper’s take on how the conversation went in a discussion with colleagues.
“And the friend likes to ask, are you a boy or are you a girl?” Piper told the students. “And Nash replies: I’m just a kid.”
“But children can be boys or girls,” replied one child.
“Or maybe non-binary,” said another.
Later, one of Piper’s colleagues mused, “I think it was a great testament to how much we talked about it in the classroom that you never mention the term non-binary, it was a kid who mentioned that because it is constantly in conversation.”
The NCAEYC did not respond to a message from The Center Square.
A link to the full 48-minute film will be posted on the NCAEYC website under the Equity tab as an educator’s resource. The NCAEYC site links to an Anti-Bias Leaders ECE web site with a description of the documentary, a manual in English and Spanish, and other materials.
“The film Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, produced by Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo, features vignettes of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms, interspersed with teachers reflecting on their practice,” states in the description. “Debbie and John have teamed up with filmmaker Filiz Efe McKinney of Brave Sprout Productions to create a film that shifts the focus away from the talking heads of experts and towards the voices of teachers who work for justice every day. “
It continues: “By taking viewers to different early childhood classrooms, the film seeks to demonstrate the importance of teachers’ reflection on identity, context and practice in education against prejudice, and provides a much-needed resource for teacher education and professional development.” Development. ”
The multiple award-winning film was produced with a grant from the Tyler Rigg Foundation and support from Portland State University. A 24-page guide for educators suggests “using the specific vignettes in the film as tools for professional development during and before ministry” and offers recommended practices for doing so.
The response to Chamberlain’s Twitter post was substantial, with more than 4.3 million views and 3,500 comments in less than a day, virtually all of which were critical.
“How about all teachers who want to teach this could start their own schools and all parents who want to believe in it could send their kids there,” Ginger Ninja wrote.
“Everyone needs to see this powerful case for home schooling,” wrote Jacques Alejandro. “’I can’t afford it’ is not an acceptable answer. Your child will slowly turn into someone you don’t recognize. There are other families to work with, resources available. Don’t leave your children to that.”
“And they wonder why parents ask for vouchers so they can send their kids to schools with a decent curriculum,” added Cognitive Dissident.