Nebraska teachers advised against calling students ‘boys and girls’

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska school district determined a good way to promote gender inclusiveness is to stop using gendered expressions.

As in, don’t say “boys and girls.”

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, a 12-step handout from the Lincoln Public Schools encouraged teachers to use phrases such as “calling all readers” or “hey, campers.”

Watchdog.org added a classroom name that could be used such as “purple penguins.”

Teachers were also advised to avoid using the word “normal” to define any behaviors.

Superintendent Steve Joel said there was a “misinformed” reaction.

“It’s indeed regrettable that for the last week and a half we’ve had to dedicate as much staff time and resources to address an issue that is not founded in fact,” he said. “Never once has anyone inside our system mandated that a teacher take (the words) ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ out of their interactions with children or interaction with adults. There’s no policy, there’s no procedure, there’s no changes being made to bathrooms in schools.”

Joel said Thursday the handouts were merely suggestions and strategies, not mandates.

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