A school in Nebraska is stirring up controversy after teachers were reportedly handed training documents instructing them to refrain from calling their students boys or girls.
The document, obtained by Nebraska Watchdog, wants to make sure teachers aren’t using phrases like “you guys”, and “ladies and gentlemen”. Instead it offers the solution for students to be identified by things that are personally important to them, such as a favorite color, or TV show.
3. Don’t use phrases such as “boys and girls” “you guys” “ladies and gentlemen” and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention. Instead say things like “calling all readers” or “hey campers” or “could all the athletes come here” . Create classroom names, then ask all of the “purple penguins” to meet at the rug.
(from the document entitled Transforming Traditional American (English) Speech (see what I did there?) It’s got to be difficult for any schoolteacher to make the changes outlined.
And largely unnecessary.
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