Sunday, October 12, 2014

Why teachers can’t call kids ‘boys and girls’ anymore

A SCHOOL in Nebraska has instructed its teachers to stop addressing students collectively as “boys and girls” when getting their attention in the classroom.

According to independent news website Nebraska Watchdog, the teachers were last week given a training document asking them to refrain from using gendered expressions like “boys and girls”, “you guys” and “ladies and gentlemen” and instead say something like “hey campers” or even more bizarrely “purple penguins.”

The recommendations are part of a list titled “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by an organisation called Gender Spectrum.

The handout also asked teachers to stop asking children to line up in rows of girls and boys, and ask them to line up depending on their preferences: “summer or winter, dogs or cats, skateboards or bikes.”

Step 3 suggests that teachers provide an opportunity for every student to identify a preferred name or pronoun at the beginning of the year and Step 6 asks teachers to inquire when they hear students referencing gender in a binary manner and ask “what makes you say that?” to start a discussion about gender stereotypes.

Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel said the training manuals were introduced because the school district “wants all children to be successful and not feel like outcasts or be afraid to go to school,” Nebraska Watchdog reports.

According to Mr Joel, the school is currently in the process of rethinking how they use gendered locker rooms and bathrooms.

If teachers are offended by the training material, the are advised meet with their principal to discuss their concerns, Mr Joel said.

The program has received a range of feedback, with some parents praising the school for being inclusive, and other parents condemning the change.



Anonymous said...

Winter has negative connotations because it is dark vs. summer that is light and happy. Using Dogs has a negative connotation as in: dog breath. While cats are characterized as sleek but aloof. Using skateboards and bikes results in kids being segregated by family financial status. What if my parents can't afford a bike? Yes, the points are absurd but the point is that no matter how you split up the class there is some way for the PC crowd to object.

Anonymous said...

Then when they leave school and have to deal with the real world they will fail to cope and withdraw inside themselves. These are the same idiots that say there are no losers and no winners. The real world says different.

Anonymous said...

They sorted us into ability groups when I was in elementary school and called the groups names like Tigers, Bears, and Jaguars. Everyone in the class knew the Bears couldn't read. Didn't work then. Won't work now. But it does let the kids know secretly they're smarter than the adults in the school.

Stan B said...

If you want to divide people, make them hyper-sensitive to the terms used to refer to themselves and others. Point out that every gender, ethnic, or religious connotation is in some way based on egregious behavior from the past being perpetrated again and again upon their beings.

The only way to sustain hyped up outrage is to make people hyper-sensitive, making smaller and smaller issues into mountains until they are no longer effective, then moving on to the next "issue." Pretty soon, they won't be able to call them "children" because of the inherent age bias in such a classification.

Bird of Paradise said...

The corrosive and contaminating efefct of Political Correctness PC nonsense

Anonymous said...

Johnny: Hey, Tommy pushed me. He's mean!

Teacher: What makes you say that?

Johnny: Because. he. pushed. me. Duh!

Anonymous said...


Johnny: Hey, Tommy pushed me. He's mean!

Teacher: Why did you use "he."

Johhny: Because he's boy. Duh.