A fifth grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida has an unusual (and inappropriate, if you ask me) instruction for her students: Call her by gender-neutral pronouns.
Chloe Bressack does not want to be addressed as “Ms.” but rather “Mx.” and has gone so far as to send a letter home to parents explaining that she is “not a female” and doesn’t want to be addressed as so.
Wow. Do they not give teachers any kind of psychological test to see if they are of a sound mind to teach elementary students?
Bressack wrote, “One thing you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms.”
She said, “My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). Additionally, my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’”
The letter continued, “My priority is for all of my students to be comfortable in my classroom and have a space where they can be themselves while learning.”
The Tallahassee Democratobtained the letter after a concerned parent posted a picture of the letter in the Facebook group “Tally Moms Stay Connected” with the caption, “What would your reaction be as a parent of 9 and 10 year olds?”
Parents on both sides of the political spectrum sounded off on the letter.
Some defended the teacher’s preference to be addressed in “gender-neutral” terms.
“Why is this even an issue? The world’s not gonna end because someone wants to be addressed as them/they. It’s their preference and literally does not affect you in any way,” parent Noelle Enright said.
Other parents, such as Joseph Christopher, disagreed.
“I’m sorry, but there is no such thing as gender neutral,” he said.
Canopy Oaks Principal Paul Lambert confirmed that there had been many angry calls by parents up to the school.
Lambert went on to say that they support the teacher and her right to be called the made up words.
He said, “We support her preference in how she’s addressed, we certainly do. I think a lot of times it might be decided that there is an agenda there, because of her preference—I can tell you her only agenda is teaching math and science at the greatest level she can.”
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