The Minnesota Department of Education has settled on a new toolkit that directs schools on how to make transgender students feel more comfortable and welcome. As part of this effort, the toolkit recommends doing away with potentially-offensive traditions such as Homecoming King and Queen, instructs teachers to allow students to choose their own pronouns, and offers an absurdly-backwards way of dealing with students who object to having members of the biologically-opposite sex in their locker rooms and bathrooms.
In the toolkit – “Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students” – the Minnesota DOE’s advisory council says that if a student complains about having a transgender in their private facilities, the school should immediately take action. Not, however, the kind of action you might expect.
“Schools should work with transgender and gender nonconforming students to ensure that they are able to access needed facilities in a manner that is safe, consistent with their gender identity and does not stigmatize them,” the toolkit reads. “Privacy objections raised by a student in interacting with a transgender or gender nonconforming student may be addressed by segregating the student raising the objection provided that the action of the school officials does not result in stigmatizing the transgender and gender nonconforming student.”
In other words, if a biological male (you know, what we used to just call “a male”) claiming to be a female wants access to the girls’ bathroom, the toolkit predicts that someone might have a problem with that. If so, the school is to MAKE THE STUDENT WITH THE PROBLEM go somewhere else to change, segregated from the rest of the school’s population. Because in today’s politically-correct world, this is how we deal with such things. Normal kids have to be shunned and hidden while boys-who-think-they’re-girls must be coddled and protected.
Naturally, this also includes doing away with old-fashioned traditions based on outdated modes of thinking about gender.
“In an effort for inclusivity, schools may wish to consider revisiting existing traditions or establishing new traditions,” the toolkit states. “For example, instead of electing a homecoming king and homecoming queen, some schools have chosen to nominate ‘prom ambassadors,’ ‘homecoming court’ or ‘homecoming royalty.’ At the University of Minnesota, for example, the titles of homecoming king and queen have been replaced with the title ‘Homecoming Royalty’ and students selected as royalty will now be called ‘royals.’”
It still boggles the imagination that we’re overhauling our entire culture to satisfy the needs of what…0.7% of the total population? For what? To indulge a delusion, nothing more. It’s sad, it’s sick, and it will have consequences that go well beyond the immediate dangers of co-ed bathrooms.