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‘The Genderbread Person’: Schools order teachers to stop calling kids ‘boys’ and ‘girls’

Nebraska parents and the Nebraska Family Association are in an uproar over a plan to train teachers to stop calling boys and girls “boys and girls.”

And forget about calling them “ladies and gentlemen,” either. It’s the “Genderbread Person” Era.

genderbreadperson1008newestIn relentless pursuit of the elusive transgender population, the Lincoln Public School District wants to age-old collective nouns linked to gender and replace them with non-specific classifications, according to the Nebraska Watchdog.

In a handout called “12 Easy Steps on the Way to Gender Inclusiveness,” teachers are advised to stop separating children by gender and instead use arbitrary identifications, such as odd or even birthdays, refreshment preferences (“milk people over here, juice people over there”) or even seasons of the year – all to avoid stigmatizing boys and girls as, well, boys and girls.

“Emphasize to students that your classroom recognizes and celebrates the gender diversity of all students,” stresses Step 5.

That’s the same step that tells teachers that if the absolutely must refer to students by gender, they should always use the formulation of “‘boy, girl, both or neither.”

That should go over great with your basic 12-year-old.

Another handout, called “The Genderbread Person,” announces that “gender is one of those things that everyone understands, but most people don’t.”

It points out the alleged differences between gender identity, gender expression and biological sex, with sub-boxes on romantic attraction and sexual attraction.

“Like inception, gender isn’t binary … This tasty little guide is meant as an appetizer for gender understanding. It’s okay if you’re hungry for more,” the introduction states. “In fact, that’s the idea.”

Actually, the idea sounds kind of sick.

Al Rikowski, executive director of the Nebraska Family Alliance said the idea goes “way beyond trying to teach someone how to respect another individual,” according to the Daily Caller. It is, he said, a way of promoting a “whole new idea of boy-girl.”

The alliance has started a campaign on its website for parents to contact the Lincoln school board to oppose the program, noting that it “Seeks to undermine the inherent connection between biological sex and gender, and in doing so, makes the idea of gender meaningless.”

It’s not sitting well with some parents either, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

In an email to the school board, one protesting parent wrote that, “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.”

And it’s definitely not sitting well on Twitter.

That’s what they call it.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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