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We should not be banning gender as a whole. We should be working on how society sees gender roles (especially since most western cultures tend to be sexist) and teaching people what gender identity is, so that they can respect trans people. Simple as that.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: eriktheawful
We home school our son because he went to DoD schools. When we came back to the states, he was so far ahead of his public-school contemperaries that it would have hurt him educationally to put him into the school system.
As it stands now, he's 11 and doing 7th grade level work now.
We actually have to slow him down so he can "graduate" at 15 instead of 13.
- Gender identity is how people think of themselves and identify in terms of sex (man, woman). Gender
identity is a psychological quality; unlike biological sex, it can't be obsen/ed or measured, only reported
by the individual. Like biological sex, it consists of more than two categories, including those who
identify as a third gender, two-spirit (both), or agender (neither).
- Gender Expression is everything we do that communicates our sex/gender to others: clothing, hair
styles, mannerism, way of speaking, roles we take in interactions, etc. This communication may be
purposeful or accidental. lt could also be called social gender because it relates to interactions between
people. Gender expression also exists on a continuum, with feminine and masculine at either end. ln
between are those who express their gender androgynously (neither masculine nor feminine) as well as
those who express their gender at various points along the continuum.
originally posted by: sheepslayer247
I'd just like to point out that there were many on this thread that used this story to attack a certain side of the political spectrum.
Come to find out it's complete BS and the other side of that political spectrum pretty much lied to get people outraged and worked-up.
Much of the airtime given to the matter of gender sensitivity training in Lincoln framed the materials supplied as mandates or rules imposed on all schools within the district. However, as Brenda Leggiardo, LPS coordinator of social workers and counselors clarified to the Lincoln Journal Star after the issue gained widespread attention, the materials were provided as guidelines for educators to better understand gender identity issues and were not intended to impose rules mandating how those issues should be addressed:
The handouts, provided by a staff member on a district equity team, were meant only for teachers, not for students or parents, she said.
And they were not meant as rules staff had to follow, but as suggestions for how teachers can make students feel comfortable. It also stresses the impact words can have on others, Leggiardo said.
"If there's a staff member that's uninformed and unsupportive, that can be pretty scary for a family maybe struggling to understand transgender issues themselves," she said.
A parent with children at the middle school where the materials were distributed commented to the paper that the district was aiming for "the deconstruction of fundamental family and religious values." However, Student Services Director Russ Uhing stated that Lincoln Public Schools "do not push a political agenda, we don't push a religious preference on people, or a sexual preference on people ... [t]hat's not what our role is."
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: Annee
I just started homeschooling my daughter - she would be in the 8th grade this year.
originally posted by: Bone75
a reply to: Gryphon66
Well it was a stupid suggestion (crap, I forgot I'm not supposed to say stupid).
Most of us understand that it wasn't meant for parents and students. Its supposed to be a behind the scenes thing commonly known as brainwashing.
Nebraska school says don’t call students boys or girls to be ‘gender inclusive’
By Deena Winter / October 2, 2014 /
LINCOLN, Neb. – A Lincoln middle school staffer gave teachers training documents advising them not to use “gendered expressions” 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.”
A handout called “12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” advised teachers to avoid separating students by gender, but instead by birth dates or preferences. For example, they could ask students whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, milk or juice, dogs or cats, summer or winter.
“Always ask yourself, ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” said Step 1 of the handout.
Or they could “Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple Penguins’ to meet at the rug,” the handout said.
Step 5: “When you find it necessary to reference gender, say ‘boy, girl, both or neither,” the handout said. “When asked why, use this as a teachable moment. Emphasize to students that your classroom recognizes and celebrates the gender diversity of all students.”
Step 7: “Look for examples in the media that reinforce gender stereotypes or binary models of gender (it won’t be hard; they’re everywhere). When with others, call it out and interrogate it.”
Step 8: “Be intolerant of openly hostile attitudes or references towards others… on their statements about gender. Being punitive may stop the behavior, at least in your presence. Being instructive may stop it entirely.”
Step 10: “Avoid using ‘normal’ to define any behaviors.”
Another playful handout called “The Genderbread Person” 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. The handout was written by “social justice comedian” Sam Killermann.
Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln show Wednesday he was “happy” and “pleased” with the training materials because the school district wants all children to be successful and not feel like outcasts or be afraid to go to school. He said the school district needs to be inclusive and educate and understand all children and address bullying.
October 01, 2014 6:05 am • By MARGARET REIST / Lincoln Journal Star
Lincoln Public Schools administrators have begun talking to staff about transgender issues so they can better help students, and that has some parents worried the district is promoting an agenda.
“The agenda we’re promoting is to help all kids succeed,” said Brenda Leggiardo, LPS coordinator of social workers and counselors. "We have kids who come to us with a whole variety of circumstances, and we need to equitably serve all kids.”
But Rachel Terry, a parent with students at Lincoln Southeast High School and Irving Middle School, has sent emails to other parents saying LPS is promoting a “gender inclusiveness” agenda and asking them to join her at the Oct. 14 school board meeting.
“By sidelining academic teacher training and replacing it with social re-engineering, the LPS administration has placed a higher priority on social reformation than on education,” Terry says in a copy of an “introductory speech” prepared for school board members.