LINCOLN, Neb. – Teachers at Lincoln middle school in Nebraska were recently given training documents telling them that they should refer to students as anything except for a boy or a girl.
The training documents advised teachers to indoctrinate the children by avoiding phrases that acknowledge a gender by calling students “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen,” but to instead use more generic expressions like campers, readers, athletes or even purple penguins to be more “gender inclusive.” (view training documents here)
If teachers still find it “necessary” to mention that genders exist at all they must list them as “boy, girl, both or neither” the document states. If asked why, the teachers are instructed to use this as a “teachable moment”. Teachers must emphasize to students that their classroom recognizes and celebrates “gender diversity”.
Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln show Wednesday he was “happy” and “pleased” with the indoctrination because the school district wants all children to be successful and not feel like outcasts or be afraid to go to school knowing they might be referred to as a boy or girl. He said the school district needs to be inclusive and educate and understand all children and address bullying.
“We don’t get involved with politics,” he said. “We don’t get involved with gender preferences. We’re educating all kids… and we can’t be judgmental.”
Kids who are “living an alternative lifestyle” or have a “gender difference” are going through an “emotionally traumatic time,” Joel said, and other students “don’t understand what that child represents” so the school needs to help students understand “differences are OK” and “we’re all there to learn.”
The teachers were also given another document to use on the children called “The Genderbread Person” that said gender isn’t binary, it isn’t either/or , and encouraged kids to define their gender based on how much they align with “what you understand to be the options for gender” such as “two-spirit” and “gender/queer.” The options for expressing gender ranged from butch to femme and androgynous to gender-neutral.
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