It's not just Pet Sounds that our culture seems unable to replace 50 years later. The Cultural Revolution also turned 50 this week.
Barack Obama decided to commemorate the occasion by declaring his unscientific concepts of "gender" the new standard for acceptable speech in all American schools receiving government funding.
How revolutionary is this? Well, imagine a male student declares his gender is changed. The school cannot require any evidence beyond this declaration before allowing this student access to girls' restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and hotel rooms on overnight school trips. Teachers and students will be guilty of harassment if they don't change the pronouns they use when referring to the student. But teachers also are not allowed to disclose to the student's parents that their erstwhile son is now their daughter. So as his teacher I have to call him "her" in class but "him" at parent/teacher conference night.
Meanwhile, the student's DNA has not changed.
My wife and I have been discussing this and we've both been surprised at the reliance on sex stereotypes necessary for transgenderism to make sense. I must have a rigid, narrow definition of what it means to be a man or a woman if I think, "I'm a woman trapped in a man's body." Back in my day, boys could like sewing or cooking and still be boys. Now, though, they're told, "That's because you're really a girl inside."
Maybe you're thinking, "When's this homeschooler going to gloat about his prescience?" Well, never. Because I know that homeschooling is just a temporary reprieve. Those bent on overturning society won't allow conscientious objectors to sit on the sidelines for long. I suspect increased opposition to homeschooling to accompany this march into the sea.