Education

When Do Kids Know They’re Transgender? Younger Than You'd Think

Jan 29, 2015
A drawing by a child in Professor Kristina Olson's study. Olson has found that transgender and non-trans girls have an equally deep sense of their gender identity.
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When Kristina Olson, a psychology professor at the University of Washington, started looking into research on transgender children, she was surprised. It was thin at best.

Data from decades ago said that 80 percent of transgender kids revert to their born gender, but Olson was skeptical.

So she started the TransYouth Project to track transgender children to adulthood. The project has worked with 65 children across the U.S. and Canada – so far. Some are as young as 3.

The head of Idaho's largest university said state support has lagged behind the surge in enrollment in recent years.

A poster at Rainier Beach High School's teen clinic lets students know they have a safe place to talk.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It used to be that students went to their school clinic to have their sore throat checked or get a vaccine. But many kids today have needs that go beyond physical health, whether it’s dealing with exposure to violence or having suicidal thoughts.

In response, a growing number of schools have started offering mental health services.

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Tonight on KUOW Spotlight, we present the latest episode of Reveal.

Part 1: The Murkiness Of American Day Care Reports

State inspection reports of day care providers are public record, but accessing them is still a problem for many parents. Washington state posts records online, but more than a dozen states don’t.

Ivy Huang and Terry Weng host a show on a recent
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When Yunfei Zhao first arrived at the University of Washington, he felt like he was mostly prepared.

“I learned how to check out a book in the library in my English class back in China,” he said. “I learned how to greet people; I learned how to find my way someplace.”

Then he got hungry.

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will ask the legislature to amend a new voter-approved class size measure. That was the word this week from the governor’s budget director.

Cigarette tobacco smoke
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Ross Reynolds talks with anti-smoking advocate Vince Willmore about the public health benefits of raising the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. Willmore is vice president of communications for the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids

Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what's on their trays.

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Kids can be cruel.

But homophobic bullying can be particularly cruel.

“We had one young person who was in the changing rooms before going into a sports lesson, and somebody pulled their pants down,” says Amelia Lee, the director of LGBT Youth North West, a charity group based in Manchester, England. “We’ve had people have things stolen from them, being beaten up, being chased home, having eggs pelted at them.”

Up and down the West Coast there are beach towns where it would be challenging to escape a tsunami.

One of the most famous sights on the University of Washington Seattle campus is when the cherry trees bloom in the quad each spring.
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Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington President Michael Young about the university's top priorities for the 2015 legislative session.

Seattle Central Community College.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Marty Brown about President Obama's plan to make two years of community college free to all students. Brown is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Marysville Pilchuck High School, the site of a fatal school shooting in October, was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a bomb threat, school officials said.

Students were released because it was the end of the day. Marysville police tweeted that students who do not drive to school should be picked up at Shoultes Gospel Hall at 51st Avenue Northeast and 116th Street Northeast in Marysville.

Shoultes is where parents were instructed to pick up their children on Oct. 24, after freshman Jaylen Fryberg fatally shot five friends and wounded another in the high school cafeteria. Jaylen then shot and killed himself.

It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.

And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.

It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.

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