School District to Teachers: Don’t Refer to Students as “Boys and Girls”…Use These Terms Instead

Written by Philip Hodges

A North Carolina school district is requesting that teachers not refer to students as “boys and girls,” but rather as students or scholars. This is one among several rules that pertain to the district’s anti-bullying policy. WSOC-TV reported on a couple others:

One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an “all-girl” overnight trip.

Another policy says CMS [Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools] must evaluate all gender-based activities and “maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose.”

The North Carolina Values Coalition weighed in, saying that these rules were “radical” and constituted privacy violations. In an interview with WSOC, Tami Fitzgerald with the NC Values Coalition added, “School is no longer about reading, writing and arithmetic. It is now about gender fluidity.”

Screenshot of the district’s guidelines

The district’s guidelines also advise teachers to “avoid gender specific classroom management techniques.” As an example, when lining up students, teachers should organize students by birth month, favorite color, or by alphabetical order, instead of by boys and girls.

In addition, teachers and other school officials are to avoid these problematic terms: “transgendered, transsexual, transvestite, MtF or FtM, cross-dresser,” and “drag queen/king.”

Instead, these terms are suggested: “lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, queer, transgender, cisgender, non-binary, genderqueer,” or “gender nonconforming.”

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district is the state’s second largest district with over 135,000 students.

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