• ‘Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ Guide: New Rules For Teachers Addressing ‘Girls’ and ‘Boys’

    A new back-to-school guide distributed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advises teachers to address classes using words like “friends or “students” rather than girls and boys in order help “create a classroom where students aren’t limited based on gender stereotypes.”

    HRC’s Welcoming Schools Initiative  advises teachers to allow students and families to identify their gender however the see fit, if at all.

    “On paperwork, avoid asking students to identify as male or female unless it is absolutely necessary,” the guide states.  “If it is necessary for students and their families to do so, consider adding a third write-in option for those who have non-binary gender identities or to allow students to elaborate if neither ‘male’ nor ‘female’ fit.”

    “Make sure that forms do not have specific spaces for ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” the guide cautions. “If a form requires the name(s) of legal caregivers(s), the form can just say ‘parent,’ ‘guardian,’ or ‘caregiver.’”

    The guide also instructs teachers to avoid using gender to “divide and address students.”

    Separating students for activities according to gender “can leave some students feeling out-of-place, making them distracted or isolated and not able to focus on learning,” the guide claims. Rather, new and inventive ways of dividing students for activities should instead be implemented.

    “When lining students up for lunch, rather than saying, ‘Girls line up first,’ try saying, ‘Anyone wearing a green shirt can line up,’ or ‘If your name has an E please line up,’” the guide instructs.

    The guide emphasize that teachers “prepare for teachable moments” and links to suggested responses for questions that might come up in class like: “How can a family have two moms [dads]? Which one is the real one?” and “Don’t you need a woman and a man to have a baby?”

    The recommended answers to those questions are, “There are all kinds of families. Some have two moms or two dads,” and “Children come into families in many different ways, and the families that love the children may have a mom and a dad, some a mom, some a dad and some have two moms or two dads.”

    “Be mindful of the ways you might be gender stereotyping students. For example, rather than only inviting girls to learn a dance during recess, invite all students, including the boys, to dance,” HRC’s guide advises in conclusion. “Show pictures and videos that challenge gender stereotypes.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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