A California nursery school teacher and professor of early childhood development is being ridiculed online after saying pre-school children should be exposed to discussions about sexuality and “queerness.”
“Not talking about Queerness in the Classroom, is NOT Letting Children be Children. It’s Telling Those people They Do Not Deserve to Exist,” William Villalpando wrote on social media, reported the Daily Mail.
Villalpando blamed the lack of pre-K discussions about sexual identity on white, Christian, upper-class heterosexuals – people he thinks are too hung up on “Childhood Innocence.”
“There is a common mythology that children live in this world of pure innocence, and that by introducing or exposing them to the real-world adults are somehow shattering this illusion for them,” Villalpando wrote in a 2020 on Instagram.
“Kids are never too young” and “Let kids practice with you,” Villalpando suggests.
Villalpando currently works at Santa Anna College (RSCCD) and previously worked at the Rialto Unified School District pre-K division from 2016 through at least June 2021, reports Fox News.
“Our RSCCD community college courses in Child Development and Education Studies do not address nor teach gender studies,” the district told Fox News, which also reports that Villalpando’s social media accounts have been deleted or otherwise have gone dark since the recent reports.
Villalpando is pictured in Fox’s article in a black t-shirt with the slogan, “Teach Children Social Justice.”
Critics have been vocal online.
“I say he need his hard drives checked by law enforcement,” said conservative commentator Robby Starbucks.
“Children should not be pawns in a game to validate adults’ identity choices,” added Nick Flor, a university professor.
However, recent education has been glutted with teachers dedicated to teaching “queer theory” in the classroom, “disrupting binaries, opening space for new identities, and interrupting heteronormativity.”
Communities and parents have pushed back, saying they just want kids to get a good education in order to succeed in the real world.
In Texas, two bills are being considered which would stop instruction about gender identity in grades K-8 and prevent schools from hiding gender transitions from parents.
In Missouri, Attorney General Andrew Bailey promised legal action after a local school district exposed students to a drag queen performance for MLK Day. The state specifically prohibits such activity without parents’ explicit consent.