Re: “New health standards are alarming,” (TNT letter, 7/31).
After reading this letter to the editor, I was saddened by the inaccuracies, but I was deeply disturbed by the effect that letter being shared would have for our students.
The new state health standards aim to keep all youth safe enough to get the same quality education regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation or any category of difference. Isn’t that what we all want for our communities?
As an educator, I know thought and time were invested in these standards. People should understand that teaching about a topic is not the same as promoting a topic. I can teach about World War II, but I am not promoting World War III.
Why are these standards so crucial? Did you know that 86 percent of gay and/or transgender students report being bullied at school versus 27 percent of straight students. Gay and/or transgender students are also roughly eight times more likely to contemplate suicide.
These rates of trauma are not due to their being gay and/or transgender. Rather, these traumas exist because of the condition of society around them. All students should be able to focus on success and academics. These standards aim to build that equitable experience.
Sarah H. Nainby, Tacoma