The University of Michigan recently released a guide for creating gender-inclusive classrooms, advising professors to avoid “harmful” phrases like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ and “your mom and dad.”
The guide was released October 26 by the UMich Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), which says its mission is to “promote excellence and innovation in teaching in all 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.”
The primer on Designating Personal Pronouns and Moving Toward Gender Inclusive Classrooms begins by referencing the school’s recent decision to allow students to designate their own names and pronouns for use on class rosters, and explains strategies educators can use to promote inclusiveness in their classrooms.
For example, professors should “examine” their language and make sure they aren’t using words or phrases that could be considered heteronormative, sexist, or gender non-inclusive.
Referring to students as ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ for example, could be perceived as “normalizing gender binaries,” and is thus problematic.
The guide warns that professors should also avoid phrases that…
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