Middle-school teacher asks students what pronouns to use when speaking to their parents

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Middle-school teacher asks students what pronouns to use when speaking to their parents

A middle-school teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave her class a survey about their names and gender pronouns, which included a question on what pronoun they should use when talking to a student’s parents.

Mandi Jung, who teaches science at Highland Park Middle School, shared her curriculum online, including the survey that asked for the student’s preferred pronoun when talking to their parents and the class, regardless of whether it’s the pronoun for the gender the child was born with.

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Some of the questions in the survey included:

“What name should I use when speaking to your parents?” “What pronouns should we use when we talk about you? (Choose as many as you want),” “Is it okay to use the pronouns you selected above when we talk to your parents?” and, “Is it okay to use the pronouns you selected above when we talk to other students or the class?” according to Fox News.

A representative for the school district told Fox News that it stands by the district’s policy, which respects a student’s chosen gender identity, the outlet reported.

Choosing not to reveal a student’s preferred gender to their parents, however, could be illegal, according to Kimberly Hermann from the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

“That we live in a country where schools are actively pushing kids to change their gender and hide it from their parents is something I never thought I would face as a parent,” Hermann told Fox News. “Surveys like this one not only violate the law, but they are aimed at separating children from their parents. Parents must know that when schools ask children about their emotional health, sexual identity, and family relationships without parental consent they violate federal law.”

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Gender identity and expression have been a hot topic at schools in recent years. One school attempted to make it a policy not to reveal a child’s gender to their parents if the student requests the change informally and the change does not need to be made on the school’s Google sheets or parent portal. It is not clear whether the parents would be notified if the child did request a change.

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