Happy Friday the 13th. I’m not remotely superstitious so today isn’t worrisome for me but if your children attend public school you might want to crawl back under the covers or do as Martha does and homeschool. It’s getting ugly out there for students, thanks to the determination of the Obama administration to redefine what it is to be a male or female. Those words don’t exist anymore I guess.
From the New York Times:
“A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so,” according to the letter, a copy of which was provided to The New York Times.
A school’s obligation under federal law “to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns,” the letter states. “As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.”
As soon as a child’s parent or legal guardian asserts a gender identity for the student that “differs from previous representations or records,” the letter says, the child is to be treated accordingly — without any requirement for a medical diagnosis or birth certificate to be produced. It says that schools may — but are not required to — provide other restroom and locker room options to students who seek “additional privacy” for whatever reason.
It looks like it is incumbent on the parent to assert a child’s gender identity so at whim I can say my son is now a daughter even if they aren’t of legal age to so assert? That sounds way wrong to me.
And why will this insanity stop at the bathroom? What if I say my son is now my daughter and she wants to compete in girls gymnastics, specifically the high bar? Won’t “she” have a distinct advantage in terms of muscle strength inherent in a male versus that in a female? The list is endless of how this transgender or no gender mess will play out and I don’t envy anyone having to navigated the world of public school.
School should be about learning reading, writing and arithmetic. History, science, language. NOT does Susie have a penis!!
Meanwhile, I’m knocking on wood, crossing my fingers, making a wish on a wishbone, and keeping my umbrella closed until I get outside that you all have a very LUCKY Friday the 13th. Swanton, be sure and get a Mega Millions ticket today – it’s upwards of $140million. Bring a rabbits foot with you, but who ME superstitious?