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November 14 2014

Gender Politics Hypocrisy in American Schools

Vicki E. Alger

Coming soon to a schoolhouse near you—an end to physical gender…until you get to college. That’s when the gender divide’s pretty clear: women are victims and men are perpetrators. Case closed.

A recent wave of laws claiming to promote respect for the diversity of transgender students (those who believe they were born the wrong physical gender) now urges K-12 schools to designate locker rooms, sports teams, and bathrooms based on students’ perceived gender instead of their physical gender.

Frequently referred to as bathroom bills, in Minnesota they’re taking on a new twist as the  Minnesota State High School League considers a new transgender policy of its own. As WND’s Alex Newman reports:

So, if a boy believes he is a girl trapped in a male body, he should be allowed to play on the girls’ sports team under the proposed policy, regardless of the “gender assigned at birth.” …

It was not clear what local, state or federal regulations might purportedly require such a policy. The head of the Minnesota State High School League, or MSHSL, would not comment on that particular issue when reached by WND.

Despite its controversial nature, the transgender plan flew largely under the radar until days before it was set to be considered by the MSHSL last month.

That is when the Child Protection League sprang into action, taking out a full-page newspaper advertisement about the policy.

“A male wants to shower next to your 14-year-old daughter,” the ad reads. “Are YOU OK with that?”

According to the ad, transgender males and females might be allowed to shower, dress and share hotel accommodations with members of the opposite sex.

“Transgender Sensitivity Training” would also be required for all students, teachers, parents, staff and counselors, the ad said.

The public outcry was swift and powerful.

Yet the MHSL is moving ahead and plans to consider the proposal in early December.

To be sure, bathroom bill opposition is raging in several states. No child should be subjected to bullying or harassment at school—regardless of his or her gender.

But it’s worth noting how politicized the gender debate is right now, depending on whether we’re talking about the K-12 level or the college level.

If we’re talking about middle or high school girls, they’re somehow empowered enough  to determine their “perceived” gender from one moment to the next and are expected to contend with boys in the bathrooms as well as the  locker rooms if those boys perceive themselves as girls.

If we’re talking about grown women on college campuses, however, they’re de-facto victims who couldn’t possibly be held responsible for consensual sex because, as the thinking goes, all sex is now considered rape.

So somehow girls “empowered” over their perceived gender as minor children grow up to be gender victims as adults.

This is the kind of chaos unleashed when we allow lavishly funded political agendas to dictate policy at the schools we subsidize. The more equitable and sensible policy approach to funding education would be to invest in individual children and undergraduates directly.

Schools that do not care for students’ safety would lose them and their associated dollars as parents transferred their children elsewhere, and as undergraduates transferred to safer campuses. Likewise, schools that make dubious policy decisions under the guise of equity would see their enrollments and budgets dwindle as parents and students left for schools that actually focused on education instead of indoctrination.

If things continue down this path, expect to see a significant uptick in single-sex schools and colleges.



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