Oklahoma’s Education Chief Faces Criticism from Medical Consultant

Research has revealed challenges in definitively determining sex through science

In response to a Tulsa World story that quoted State Superintendent Ryan Walters as saying he “will never back down to a woke mob,” Dr. Edward Gustavson, M.D., FAAP, expressed his disagreement with Walters’ statement and criticized his failure to acknowledge the real issues faced by children today. As a consultant for numerous school districts in Oklahoma, Gustavson argued that Walters’ perspective on these matters lacked credibility.

Gustavson drew from his experience attending a 20-hour international meeting in 2006 to highlight the complexity of sexual determination. Contrary to traditional beliefs that sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes at birth, Gustavson explained that genetic, physiologic, anatomic, psychological, and social factors all play a role in determining sex. He emphasized that early sex determination often proves to be inaccurate and that genetic diversity contributes to variations in sexual identity among individuals.

Gustavson also criticized Walters’ handling of education lawsuits and his remarks about judges, teachers, school districts, and parents. He refuted the notion that Christian beliefs justify ignorance of science, law, and literature. Gustavson encouraged readers to voice their opinions by submitting letters to the editor through tulsaworld.com/opinion/submitletter.

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