Teachers to school in Nebraska: We get questions occasionally about gender issues. Please help us answer them without sounding like complete morons.
School to teachers: Here is a handout from an organization that specializes in these issues. The handout talks about gender-inclusive language, and suggests some things you might maybe someday kind of do if you want.
Wingnut media: OBAMAHITLER IS FORCING SCHOOLS TO BAN THE WORD BOYS BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS A QUEER NOW AND GIRLS CAN’T BE CALLED GIRLS AND EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. THIS IS TRADITIONAL AMERICA YOU CANNOT OPEN A GENDERLESS FRENCH MIME SEX SCHOOL.
School, patiently: No. None of this is true. None of this is happening at all.
The district came under fire from conservatives after teacher-training materials prepared by an advocacy group and distributed at one school discouraged using terms like “boys & girls,” “you guys” and “ladies and gentlemen.”
School superintendent Steve Joel: I hate everybody in this room right now and wish you were all dead.
Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel said Thursday there’s “absolutely no truth” to news and blogger accounts that his district is mandating that teachers replace the terms boys and girls with gender-neutral terms.