Teachers at a middle school in Lincoln, Nebraska are being instructed not to refer to children as ‘boys and girls’ because it’s too insensitive to those of presumably other genders. Instead, they’d like the teachers to refer to their students as “campers” or “purple penguins.”
The National Review writes:
A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.
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“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.
The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”
“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.
The “purple penguins” section can be seen below …
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Teachers are encouraged to hang signs which say “all genders welcome,” and when gender identification is absolutely necessary, they are to refer to a “boy, girl, both, or neither.”
Even more eerie are the attacks on free speech in the document.
Step 6 instructs the teachers to question somebody who looks at gender in a typical boy/girl manner. Step 7 tells teachers to find examples of “gender stereotyping” in the media, then “call it out and interrogate it.”
Step 8 however, goes a step further. Teachers are told to be “intolerant” towards those who may disagree with gender inclusive references, to “push the individual,” and take “punitive” actions to stop the behavior in their presence.
Nothing like teaching tolerance of others by being completely intolerant of those who might disagree.
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